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THE ORIGINAL BBC RADIO BALLADS 1957 - 1964

In the studio

The BBC Radio Ballads were groundbreaking documentaries produced by Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker in the late 1950s and broadcast on the BBC Home Service. They were masterpieces of radio, weaving the voices of rarely-heard communities with songs written from and about the recorded experiences of the interviewees - read about their history here.

Ballad Of John Axon
The Ballad of John Axon

The railwaymen of England.

Song Of A Road
Song of a Road

The building of Britain's first motorway, the Ml.

Singing The Fishing
Singing the Fishing

Britain's herring fishing communities.

The Big Hewer
The Big Hewer

Northeast, East Midlands and South Wales coalminers.

The Body Blow
The Body Blow

The psychology of pain - people with polio.

On The Edge
On the Edge

Lives and dreams of British teenagers.

The Fight Game
The Fight Game

Professional boxing.

The Travelling People
The Travelling People

Gypsies, tinkers and travellers.

SOLD ON SONG

Classic songs, covers, songwriting and more.

THE MIKE HARDING SHOW

An impeccable selection of the best in folk, roots and acoustic music.
Mike Harding


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