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The Ballad of the Great War - 1917

The Ballad of the Great War - 1917, featuring stories told by men and women who took part in the conflict alongside original music composed for the programme.

The Ballad of the Great War - 1917, featuring stories told by men and women who took part in the conflict both at home and abroad.

In this programme stories of lucky escapes, the horrors of Passchendaele, field hospitals and the sad fate of those condemned to be shot at dawn.

Original music by John Tams, Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe, Jim Boyes, Sean Cooney, Karine Polwart and Ray Hearne.

This programme, which has been a year in the making, was produced by Ian Callaghan and John Leonard.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • John Tams

    Cherry Cheeked Optimists Intro

  • Jez Lowe

    In The Nick of Time

  • Bob Fox

    The Photograph

  • Barry Coope & Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir

    Trench Raids

  • Sam Kelly

    Batman to a Baronet

  • Jim Boyes

    Passchendaele

  • Karine Polwart

    Hospitals

  • Olivia Chaney

    Town Hall Yard

  • John Tams

    Cherry Cheeked Optimists

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