This has been a big year for centenaries of great artists who’ve helped make the culture of protest. One of these was Ewan MacColl, the godfather of the folk music revival in the UK. Ewan was an enormous force—as a writer and performer of song, as a major collector in the field, as a theater artist on stage and radio as the life and performing partner of Peggy Seeger. Some of his songs are popular standards, while dozens of others are throwaway topical pieces. He recorded a large proportion of the folk songs of Scotland and England—making them live through his deeply affecting performances. A centenary album of his own songs by a diverse range of singers has just come out, a project created by his sons.
We’ll listen to some of that as well as a small sampling of his own work. And appropriate musical notice marking the 60th anniversary of the time when Rosa Parks sat and made history.
ewan maccoll @ 100
culture of protest thurs 12/3/15 6 pm pst kcsb 91.9fm