Ralph McTell Biography (Wikipedia)
Ralph McTell (born Ralph May, 3 December 1944) is an English singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player who has been an influential figure on the UK folk music scene since the 1960s.
McTell is best known for his song "Streets of London", which has been covered by over two hundred artists around the world, and for his tale of Irish emigration, "From Clare to Here".
In the 1980s he wrote and played songs for two TV children's programmes, Alphabet Zoo, which also featured Nerys Hughes, followed by Tickle on the Tum, featuring Jaqui Reddin. Albums were also released from both series. He also recorded Keith Hopwood's and Malcolm Rowe's theme song to Cosgrove Hall's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, and this was released as a single in 1984 after the series was aired on ITV.
McTell's guitar playing has been modelled on the style of the US's country blues guitar players of the early 20th century, including Blind Blake, Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell. These influences led a friend to suggest that he change his professional name to McTell as his career was beginning to take shape.
- Ralph McTell: "Ed Sheeran is a folk artist - we'll claim him."https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p044whj8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p044whj8.jpg2016-08-16T15:40:00.000ZRalph celebrates 50 years of touring and talks about how the folk scene has changed.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p044whm2
Ralph McTell: "Ed Sheeran is a folk artist - we'll claim him."
- Ralph McTellhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03mxg74.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03mxg74.jpg2016-03-20T17:05:00.000ZRalph McTell spoke to Johnnie Walker about his memories of the 70s.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03mxgb7
- Ralph McTell talks to Steve Wrighthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02qpnpk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02qpnpk.jpg2015-05-05T15:00:00.000ZThe singer-songwriter talks about his latest UK Tour.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02qppbs
Ralph McTell talks to Steve Wright
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