1967 Vinyl Album
Devised by Ewan MacColl, radio producer Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger, the 'Radio-Ballads' set out to crystallise in words and music the experience of different ways of life - the words being supplied not by actors but by the real occupants of those lives and jobs, whether miners, fishermen, boxers or teenagers.
The eight programmes were first broadcast by the BBC between 1958 and 1964. The Big Hewer, about the lives of coal-miners in the Northumberland, Durham, South Wales and Nottinghamshire coalfields, was rewarded by The Times with a review entitled "Poetic documentary with worker heroes" and described the first three radio-ballads as being "among the few landmarks of post-war radio".
Banjo – Peggy Seeger
Bass – Jim Bray
Directed By, Orchestrated By [Musical Direction And Orchestration] – Peggy Seeger
Guitar – Bryan Daly, Peggy Seeger
Harmonica – Alfie Kahn
Liner Notes – Charles Parker (2)
Mandolin – Peggy Seeger
Ocarina – Alf Edwards
Performer – A. L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Ian Campbell (2), Isla Cameron, Joe Higgins (5), Louis Killen