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James Rebanks, Helen Scott, Carl Tanner, Caitriona Palmer

Libby Purves meets shepherd James Rebanks, Helen Scott from the Three Degrees, journalist Caitriona Palmer and American tenor Carl Tanner.

Libby Purves meets shepherd James Rebanks; Helen Scott from the Three Degrees; journalist Caitriona Palmer and American tenor Carl Tanner.

James Rebanks is a shepherd, known to his followers as the Herdwick Shepherd. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. In his book, The Shepherd's Life, he writes about a shepherd's year, giving an account of rural life and the connection with the land that has often been lost. The Shepherd's Life - a Tale of the Lake District is published by Penguin.

Caitriona Palmer is a journalist based in Washington DC. Adopted as a baby, she writes about establishing contact with her birth mother in her book, An Affair with my Mother. Caitriona was raised by loving adoptive parents and enjoyed a happy childhood. She discovered her birth mother, 'Sarah', in her twenties and they developed a close attachment. But Sarah set one condition on this relationship - she wished to keep it a secret. An Affair with my Mother is published by Penguin.

Carl Tanner is an American tenor. He plays Luigi in the Royal Opera House's production of Il Tabarro, a role he has previously sung in Buenos Aires and for New York City Opera. Before turning to opera Carl led an eventful life as a truck driver and bounty hunter. A keen and talented singer all his life, his career took off when he was discovered performing in a New York restaurant. Il Tabarro is at the Royal Opera House, London.

Singer Helen Scott is one third of The Three Degrees. The longest-running female vocal group in history, The Three Degrees were originally formed in 1963 in Philadelphia. Their hits include When Will I See You Again, Take Good Care of Yourself and A Woman in Love. Their first new studio album in 25 years, Strategy (Our Tribute to Philadelphia), is on SoulMusic Records and they are touring the UK.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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43 minutes

In the studio

In the studio
L-R: James Rebanks, Helen Scott, Caitriona Palmer, Carl Tanner


Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest James Rebanks
Interviewed Guest Helen Scott
Interviewed Guest Caitriona Palmer
Interviewed Guest Carl Tanner
Producer Paula McGinley


  • Wed 2 Mar 2016 09:00
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