Various - BBC Four 'Folk Britannia' Series February 2006 (2006)
Artist/Composer Various
Format DVD
Track List
Folk Britannia Parts 1-3
BBC Four 'Folk Season'
Friday, 3rd February 2006 to Friday, 17th February 2006

Source: BBC2 DVB-S, logo free
Video: 4800 Kbps, 25.0 fps, 720*576 (16:9), MPG2
Audio: 256 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x51 = Mpeg-1 audio Layer 2

Disc One:
Ballads And Blues
The birth of the folk revival in the fifties saw two opposing movements: the traditionalists and the communists. The first programme explores politics, ownership and the birth of the British folk revival.
In the early 20th century, a new breed of folk-song collectors, led by Cecil Sharp, worked to preserve and promote the traditional folk music that would bolster national pride during turbulent times.
In post-war Britain, this tradition was assimilated into a revolutionary soundtrack by the left-wing artists Ewan MacColl and Bert Lloyd. MacColl founded Britain's first modern folk club - The Ballad and Blues Club - and his groundbreaking Radio Ballads, which championed the working-class hero, were broadcast to unanimous acclaim. But by the mid-1950s skiffle had captured the imagination of the nation's youth. Songs by American artists like Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie filled the airwaves while a growing bohemian movement in Greenwich Village, New York, began to wrest folk music from the communists.

--The following tracks and live performances feature in the first episode of Folk Britannia:

Margaret Barry: The Half Door, She Moved Through The Fair
Rabbity Baxter & Scan Tester: Jenny Lind
Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears: The Foggy Dew
Martin Carthy: Scarborough Fair
Bobby Casey: The College Grove/Colonel Frazer
Shirley Collins: The Blacksmith
Elizabeth Cotton: Freight Train
Alfred Deller: The Seeds Of Love
Lonnie Donegan: Rock Island Line
Bob Dylan; With God On Our Side
Michael Gorman: Humors Of Lissadel & Doctor Gilbert
Adam Gray: Tom Hepple's Polka, The Tow House Polka
Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land
Leadbelly: Rock Island Line
Bert Lloyd: John Barleycorn, Maggie May
Ewan MacColl: Ballad Of John Axon, Dirty Old Town, I'm Champion At Keeping 'em Rolling, The Row Between The Cages, Shoals Of Herring, Singing The Fishing
Chad McDevitt & Nancy Whisky: Freight Train
Tom Paxton: Rambling Boy
Peggy Seeger: Country Blues
Jimmy Shand: The Duke Of Perth
Simon & Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair
Wade Ward: Old Joe Clark
The Weavers: Goodnight Irene
The Vipers: Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Folk Roots, New Routes
The second installment of this impressive history of British folk music reveals how musicians grew away from traditional roots and climbed the pop charts in the 1960s and 70s. First it was Donovan, then Lindisfarne, while others, such as the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention, created fresh musical genres. Highly enjoyable for music fans of a certain age, it's also a slice of bizarre cultural history. Programme two looks at the 1960s folk boom, when the hippie generation repackaged folk music to appeal to a wider audience. A new breed of virtuoso guitarist - such as Davy Graham and Bert Jansch - became the heroes of the movement as folk clubs, run by young people for young people, sprang up all over the country. In 1965, Britain produced its first folk pop star in the form of Donovan - who embraced bohemia and turned his back on society, "challenging hypocrisy and greed." Later the same year, Bob Dylan polarised folk fans by going electric. But there was still a mood for experimentation. In Scotland, the Incredible String Band fused folk with psychedelia while Pentangle explored the possibilities of jazz-folk. Folk-rock entered the mainstream - Lindisfarne's Fog on the Tyne spent 54 weeks in the charts - but by the mid-1970s the genre had become a parody of itself.

--The following tracks and live performances feature in the second episode of Folk Britannia:

Annie Briggs: Blackwater Side, Lowlands Away, The Cuckoo
Martin Carthy: Lowlands, Scarborough Fair
Shirley Collins & Davy Graham: Nottamun Town, Proud Maisrie
Sandy Denny: Crazy Lady Blues, This Train
Nick Drake: Which Will
Bob Dylan: Girl From The North Country, This Land Is Your Land
Fairport Convention: Autopsy, Come All Ye, Reno Nevada, Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Jackson C. Frank: Just Like Anything
Davy Graham: Better Git It In Your Soul, Cry Me A River, She Moved Through The Fair, The Fakir
Hamish Imlach: Cod Liver Oil And Orange Juice
Roy Harper: Composer Of Life
Incredible String Band: Fiddle Tune, Gently Tender, I Had A Tree, The Pirate And The Crystal Ball
Andy Irvine: The Ballad Of Tom Joad
Bert Jansch: Anji
Lindisfarne : Fog On The Tyne
John Martyn: May You Never
Ewan MacColl: Shoals Of Herring
John McCormack: She Moved Through The Fair
Tom Paxton: Rambling Boy
Pink Floyd: Remember A Day
Jeannie Robertson: Bonnie Lass Come O'er The Burn
Simon & Garfunkel: Anji, Scarborough Fair
The Springfields: Wimoweh
Steeleye Span: All Around My Hat, The Lark In The Morning
The Strawbs: Part Of The Union
Richard Thompson: Adieu, Adieu
Vaughan Williams: An Acre Of Land
The Watersons: Three Score And Ten

Disc Two:
Between The Wars
The final episode explores how, since folk music's popularity hit a low point in the late 1970s, it has continually reinvented itself to appeal to new audiences. Politicised folk enjoyed a renaissance during the miners' strike with punks like Billy Bragg singing about the power of unions. Artists from the 'crusty' traveller scene which followed were also re-engaged in social and political protest. In the 1990s, second-generation folkies, like Eliza Carthy, emerged to take on the mantle of the folk traditionalists, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were launched to celebrate industry achievements. The story is brought right up to date with the two, very different, folk scenes flourishing today: The first is at home in the traditional folk clubs, while artists like Devendra Banhart and King Creosote belong to a neo-folk scene that harks back to some of the most exciting neo-psychedelic and pastoral folk albums of the 1960s.

--The following tracks and live performances feature in the third episode of Folk Britannia:

Roy Bailey & Martin Carthy: Blackleg Miner
Bellowhead: Jack Robinson
Billy Bragg: Between The Wars
Vashti Bunyan: Window Over The Bay, Just Another Diamond Day
Anne Briggs: Go Your Way
Eliza Carthy: The Whitby Lad
Eliza Carthy & Nancy Kerr: Polly Bishop's Slip Jig, The Storyteller
Nick Drake: River Man, Time Has Told Me
The Levellers: One Way And Far From Home
The Men They Couldn't Hang: Whiskey In Me Giro, Shirt Of Blue
Jim Moray: Early One Morning
Moving Hearts: No Time For Love
Beth Orton: Where Do I Begin
The Pictish Trail (Fence Collective): Down To The Water
The Pogues: Poor Paddy
The Waterboys: Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Fisherman's Blues