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Ralph McTell on Aled's Good Morning Sunday

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:39 pm    Post subject: Ralph McTell on Aled's Good Morning Sunday Reply with quote

I enjoyed listening to the twenty minutes or so Ralph McTell spent in the company of Aled this morning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vs67h


For Remembrance Sunday, Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ralph McTell speaks movingly about his father's return from fighting in the Second World War and how that shaped his childhood and his own experiences in the army. Ralph performs two songs with a Remembrance theme - Lost Boys and Maginot Waltz - recorded especially for Good Morning Sunday.




I had the pleasure of seeing him a few years ago on the same bill as The Everly Brothers.

He sang two lovely songs this morning .....I think I must be looking up more of his work if they are anything to go by.

It's a nice listen if you have the time.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to a party at the Arvon Foundation in north Devon back in the 70s and Ralph McTell was present. He played an impromptu set in front of a big log fire in the barn and it was magical. His best song, in my opinion, is "The Riverman" which is based upon the beautiful book "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse, although he's only really known to the masses for "Streets of London".
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
I went to a party at the Arvon Foundation in north Devon back in the 70s and Ralph McTell was present. He played an impromptu set in front of a big log fire in the barn and it was magical. His best song, in my opinion, is "The Riverman" which is based upon the beautiful book "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse, although he's only really known to the masses for "Streets of London".
How lovely... Smile ..not sure if I've heard The Riverman.....immediately thought of Nick Drake.....can't find it on Youtube.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
How lovely... Smile ..not sure if I've heard The Riverman.....immediately thought of Nick Drake.....can't find it on Youtube.


My apologies, Becky. "The Ferryman" it should have been. Yes, Nick Drake was on my mind! Smile

I've just checked on Spotify and it's not listed. It was a track on an album which I only have on vinyl and whose name I've forgotten but I have a mind to dig it out and digitise it because I love the album and - of course - the song.

It helps to have read Siddhartha, by the way. It's a lovely book and the song perfectly captures the atmosphere of a man who devoted his whole life to ferrying people across a river all his adult life. As you can imagine, it's very philosophical.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My apologies, Becky. "The Ferryman" it should have been. Yes, Nick Drake was on my mind! Smile
Very Happy ....No wonder I couldn't find it ...thanks Colin.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard part of the show.
"The Streets Of London" was a good song but suffered from being sung by every busker in London at the time.
I had always associated the song with parts of central London, Under the Archers around Charring X & so forth.
I was surprised a few years back to hear Ralph say he actually got the idea for the song by seeing the homeless guys around Surrey Street Market in Croydon. I suppose "Streets Of croydon" doesn't have quite the same ring
I used to work in Croydon some years ago & know the surrey street Market well. Even today the lyrics make sense in relation to that area
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clive55 wrote:
I heard part of the show.
"The Streets Of London" was a good song but suffered from being sung by every busker in London at the time.
I had always associated the song with parts of central London, Under the Archers around Charring X & so forth.
I was surprised a few years back to hear Ralph say he actually got the idea for the song by seeing the homeless guys around Surrey Street Market in Croydon. I suppose "Streets Of croydon" doesn't have quite the same ring
I used to work in Croydon some years ago & know the surrey street Market well. Even today the lyrics make sense in relation to that area

I watched a programme a couple of weeks ago on BBC 4 about homelessness in London and was surprised to see young East Europeans ..(one looked no more than sixteen) amongst their numbers ..it made me wonder how they had come to that so quickly.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB

The Ferryman is on the YouWell Meaning Brought Me Here album...one of his best

Jim
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jimmy mac wrote:
ColinB

The Ferryman is on the YouWell Meaning Brought Me Here album...one of his best

Jim


That's the one! Well done Jim. I really must dig it out because I never had it in digital form.
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