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Barbara Dickson in Conversation

Bruce MacGregor speaks to Barbara Dickson about her folk roots.

Barbara Dickson became a household name in the 1970's when she appeared on prime time Saturday night telly with The Two Ronnies. She went on to sell millions of records and be a West End star. However, it all began in her local folk club in Dunfermline - and later in Edinburgh - where she learnt songs from source singers such as Jimmy MacBeath and Jeannie Robertson. In this special edition of Travelling Folk, we mark 50 years of her recording career and the launch of her 25th studio album. Bruce hears about her deep passion for and knowledge of folk song, and how she is drawn back to the tradition she came from.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Music Played

  • Barbara Dickson

    Barbara Allen

    • Time is Going Faster.
    • Chariot Records.
  • Kenneth McKellar

    My Ain Folk

    • The Decca Years.
    • Decca.
  • The Kingston Trio

    Tom Dooley

    • Troubadours Of The Folk Era Volume 3: The Groups.
    • Rhino Records.
  • Bob Dylan

    Blowin’ in the Wind

    • Biograph CD1.
    • Sony.
  • Jimmy MacBeath

    Tramps and Hawkers

    • Tramps And Hawkers.
    • Rounder.
  • The Watersons

    Here We Come a Wassailing

    • Frost and Fire.
    • Topic.
  • Jeannie Robertson

    The Gallowa Hills

    • The Gallowa Hills.
  • Barbara Dickson

    O’er the Water to Charlie

    • The Fate o’Charlie.
  • Archie Fisher

    Open the Door Softly

    • Archie Fisher.
    • Celtic Music.
  • Barbara Dickson

    We Can Work It Out

    • John, Paul, George, Ringo…and Bert.
    • Gonzo.
  • Barbara Dickson

    Lament of the Three Marys

    • Time is Going Faster.
    • Chariot Records.
  • Barbara Dickson

    Answer Me

    • Heart to Heart.
    • Polydor.
  • Barbara Dickson

    January February

    • For The Record.
    • Eagle.
  • Dick Gaughan

    Erin Go Bragh

    • Handful of Earth.
    • Topic.
  • Barbara Dickson

    Ballad of the Speaking Heart

    • Time is Going Faster.
    • Chariot Records.
  • The Humblebums

    Rick Rack

    • The Humblebums.
    • Sanctuary.
  • Barbara Dickson

    Look Over the Hill

    • Time is Going Faster.
    • Chariot Records.
  • Jarlath Henderson

    Courting is a Pleasure

    • Hearts Broken, Heads Turned.
    • Bellow Records.
  • Barbara Dickson

    Goodnight, I’m Going Home

    • Time is Going Faster.
    • Chariot Records.


  • Thu 10 Dec 2020 20:00
  • Thu 11 Mar 2021 20:00