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From her solo albums, recording and touring with her family including her late half-brother Pete Seeger, to writing songs with her late husband Ewan MacColl, Peggy is arguably the most powerful woman in folk. The legendary artist, who has lived in the UK for more than 30 years, will be performing works ...
iQuiz week 117 – test your general knowledge. Roberta Flack made which song by British folk singer Ewan MacColl into a global hit? See question No 8 (Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/Fox). John Clarke 2 weeks Friday March 30th 2018. Think you know it all? Then test yourself with our fiendish iQuiz. iNews. @FrankO ...

They didn't have Scottish bagpipes or anything; they were more interested in Scottish roots music: Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl, and different people from that era, who were writing folk songs that were vaguely political but also beautiful. I realized that this sounds very palatable and pretty on the surface, ...
... popular culture, from Woody Guthrie and Jackson Pollock, to Pete Seeger and Ewan MacColl. Welsh musician, author, filmmaker, producer and composer, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals will chat to fellow countryman Huw Stephens (co-host of our own Other Voices) about his search for cultural roots.
The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, the Ewan MacColl song, was first recorded by Bert on Jack Orion (1966) but only as an instrumental. On this later, vocal version, we can hear a more gentle style. Even the strings on his guitar don't get the punishment he dealt out seven years earlier. The background ...
Peggy will be showcasing a long and varied career with her appearance at the festival, focussing on her solo albums, recording and touring with her family including her late half-brother Pete Seeger, and songwriting with her late husband Ewan MacColl. Yola Carter (Picture: John Morgan). A festival ...

In America it was associated with singers like Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, in Britain with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, each run through with radical political themes from opposition to war and nuclear weapons to support for civil rights struggles and the labor movement. But in Ireland the ...
Under any circumstances, Ewan MacColl's The Joy of Living is capable of producing a lump in the throat of anyone with a love of mountains and wild places. Here it's given a characteristically poignant treatment from Jez Hellard and is merged with the last few comments from Mena, clear she won't ever ...
This whirling memoir follows the folksinger and activist through international tours, crises in her famous musical family, and a long, all-consuming relationship with the British singer Ewan MacColl. Seeger's conversational prose has a flair for capturing the common (a 1938 Chevy “had a vertical fish-mouth ...
The encores were given over to their biggest arena rock hits – Sanctify Yourself, Alive and Kicking and Don't You (Forget About Me) – and the one misfire of proceedings, an overblown rendition of Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town, before Kerr took a well deserved moment to survey his spiritual home with the ...
“Echo” — from the brand-new record — provided strength and beauty only to be followed by the cover of Ewan MacColl's “Dirty Old Town” featuring Been on acoustic guitar. That activist's lament set up the handclapped soul in “Shuffle Your Feet” from the band's record, Howl. The gloves came off as BRMC ...
This ecosystem of socialist culture helped pave the way for seemingly ordinary people such as the Foley sisters, Joe Norman, and Ewan MacColl to lead extraordinary lives. The meaning of this work was not only to develop a toughened core of socialists and trade unionists, but to show to a wider periphery ...
The love song that rules all is The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, written by Ewan MacColl and made immortal by Roberta Flack. Flack's voice expresses invincible power and yet almost unbearable tenderness and vulnerability. Love has transformed her into a godlike figure who walks among the stars, ...
A review of Peggy Seeger's memoir quotes her description of her early impressions of Ewan MacColl and how they fell in love, saying he had a “hairy, fat, naked belly poking out, and was clad in ill-fitting trousers, suspenders, no shirt, a ragged jacket and a filthy lid of stovepipe hat aslant like a garbage can” ...
Peggy Seeger with Ewan MacColl at home in Beckenham in 1965. Peggy Seeger with Ewan MacColl at home in Beckenham, south-east London, in 1965. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns. The song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, written in 1957 by Ewan MacColl, son of working-class Scottish ...
“He was a stylistic fascist,” Calum MacColl said of his imposing and brilliant father, Ewan MacColl. As his third wife, Peggy Seeger, half sister to Pete Seeger, observed, “His whole life, Ewan was hitting a hard nail through a hard rock.” Along with artists like Bert Lloyd and Shirley Collins, Mr. MacColl led the ...
Left school at 14, political activist at 15, founded theatre troupe at 16, on MI5's files at 17, godfather of British folk revival at 35 – Ewan MacColl's early CV is something extraordinary, evidence of a fearless, galvanic character whose influence is still causing ripples at his centenary (he was born exactly 100 ...

... for a young Jimmy Page to become “absolutely obsessed” with Bert Jansch and eventually include a similar arrangement of “Blackwaterside” on Zeppelin's debut record. The songs, except an instrumental version of Ewan MacColl's “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” are credited as Trad. Arr. Jansch.
Ewan MacColl was a famous folk singer who, although born in England, was very proud of his Scottish parentage. He married Peggy Seeger, and The Guardian newspaper has printed the correction: "A review of Peggy Seeger's memoir quotes her description of her early impressions of Ewan MacColl and ...
A review of Peggy Seeger's memoir quotes her description of her early impressions of Ewan MacColl and how they fell in love, saying he had a “hairy, fat, naked belly poking out, and was clad in ill-fitting trousers, suspenders, no shirt, a ragged jacket and a filthy lid of stovepipe hat aslant like a garbage can” ...
Assembly Lane are based in Newcastle where they all attended the University, which has a folk and traditional music degree and postgraduate research opportunities. Niles Krieger (fiddle, vocals) comes from Connecticut and landed in the UK in 2011. He was the first recipient of the Ewan MacColl ...
Working as Offa Rex, Queen of Hearts is an inspired and loving tribute to 1970s English folk rock – Fairport, Albion Band, Steeleye – and the classic repertoire of the post-war folk revival – ranging from Ewan MacColl's “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, through Lal & Mike Waterson's “To Make You ...
The song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, written in 1957 by Ewan MacColl, son of working-class Scottish socialists, for Peggy Seeger, an American 20 years younger than him and a self-proclaimed “spoiled middle-class girl”, is one of the most beautiful love ballads of the 20th century.
While it is fascinating how The Pogues took standard folk material such as Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town or The Dubliners version of The Irish Rover and made it their own and, in the process, legitimised their claim to be a distinctive part of the Irish tradition, could a similar Irish-based band have done ...
The title of their recent CD 'The Silver Darlings' comes from the Ewan MacColl song 'The Shoals of Herring', which he wrote for the BBC Radio Ballads programme 'Singing the Fishing' in 1960. The song is about Celtic fisherman following the herring, and the women, who followed the fishing fleets around ...
In a similar vein, Go Move Shift by Ewan Maccoll, which concerns travellers being moved on despite the imminent birth of a baby, is delivered with passion and conviction. Such emotion is replicated in Viva La Quinte Brigada, recounting as it does the Irish who left their home country in 1936 to fight Franco ...
Not to mention John Sayles' well-regarded 1987 independent film “Matewan,” or my own favorite case, the Clancy Brothers' cover of Ewan MacColl's coal-mining song “Schooldays Over.” The above examples help to explain why even die-hard anti-union types today often have a grudging respect for John ...
Lillywhite's wife was singer Kirsty MacColl. She was the daughter of folk legend and broadcaster Ewan MacColl (who wrote the Pogues favourite Dirty Old Town) and had contributed backing vocals on a number of her husband's productions including songs by Talking Heads, Simple Minds and The Smiths.
Peggy Seeger is the woman who inspired Ewan MacColl to write “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, a breakthrough hit for Roberta Flack in 1972 and subsequently a fixture in the repertoire of countless other singers. That, however, was just about least of the claims that could be made on behalf of the ...
Tonight's 8pm concert features Peggy and the MaColls performing her and late husband's Ewan MacColl's most treasured songs from a career spanning more than 60 years, interspersed with readings from her memoir and whip-smart banter. Peggy has always had the ability to take an audience from ...
In velvet trousers and lacy blouse topped by a quilted gilet, she looks more glamorous now – sparkling, literally, in a way she perhaps felt inappropriate when she was on the road with Ewan MacColl, her long-time partner in life and music, who probably disapproved of glamour. With her neat silver hair, she ...
Ware Out Mother is a traditional song first collected in Dorset, but the version here – again sung unaccompanied – adds a tough northern humour, like a cross between the Watersons and Ewan MacColl. The mood changes somewhat on Anthem of a Working Mum, Jess Arrowsmith's subtle examination of ...
Ewan MacColl was a British folk singer. His third wife, who survives him, is Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger's sister, a folk singer and activist every ...
“Just after we got together, we played a gig in Belfast supporting Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl. “They were big stars at that time, and they ...
From the modern era, she sang “Lament for the Hull Trawlers,” by Frankie Armstrong and Ewan MacColl, which tells the story of the Triple ...
He stayed for nearly three years, making occasional trips to Britain, where he was helped by Ewan MacColl and by Peggy Seeger. In 1965 he ...
... in John Tams' Unity, Steve Ashley's Ships of Shame, Dick Gaughan's Both Sides the Tweed and even Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town.
In Britain, Ewan MacColl sang about the conditions on fishing ships in The Shoals of Herring, and Billy Bragg has been impressively direct ...
He was 30, with a long history as a playwright and actor, when he changed his birth name, James Miller, to Ewan MacColl and devoted himself ...
'He was wonderful to work with': Ewan MacColl and wife Peggy Seeger at home in Beckenham in 1965. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns.
He stayed for nearly three years, making occasional trips to Britain, where he was helped by Ewan MacColl and by Peggy Seeger. In 1965 he ...
“Just after we got together, we played a gig in Belfast supporting Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl. “They were big stars at that time, and they ...
In Britain, Ewan MacColl sang about the conditions on fishing ships in The Shoals of Herring, and Billy Bragg has been impressively direct ...
She also covered Roberta Flack's version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” originally written by Ewan MacColl in 1957. It appeared on ...
I wrote it in combination of Carmina Burana and assorted Celtic musicians, like The Corries, Runrig, Ewan MacColl, the Rankin family, Alasdair ...
... arriving in London, where she met the man with whom she would raise three children and share the next thirty-three years: Ewan MacColl.
It was actually written by British folk singer Ewan MacColl, looking back to ballads of old. At Newport, Olivia Chaney performed it solo, playing ...
... Willa Muir and Nan Shepherd; poets such as William Soutar, Edwin Muir; playwrights such as James Bridie, Ewan MacColl, Joe Corrie, Ena Lamont Stewart.
... actor George Costigan and playwright Willy Russell; and a performance by singer Peggy Seeger, who was the inspiration for Ewan MacColl's ...
There may not have been anything radically different about her version of Ewan MacColl's classic The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, but ...


 

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