It's a new year in the shires with more music and tales than you can wag a stick at with Ragamuffin's Brian and Mike.
- No One Will Ever Know - Billy and Harry
from Back to Basics - Billy and Harry
Time to put some wood in the stove, the coffee pot on the boil, butter the toast and play some music for a Sunday morning.
Close of Winter Peter Bruntnell
From a superb unreleased album stuck in the can most deserving of release. Put simply Peter Bruntnell is a neglected songwriter from the country west of here.
- Fair and Tender Ladies
Cherish The Ladies
The American and Irish group of high repute with a classic version of the song from their album A Woman of the House.
- Belated Palinode for Dylan Thomas
Lawrence Ferlinghetti read by Mike
A poem by the legendary San Francisco poet written about his visit to Laugharne
- Conumdrum of Time
Ralph McTell's neglected masterpiece recounting in words and song the life of 'the boy with the note' Dylan Thomas.
- My Cornish World Denys Val Baker read by Mike
A letter written by Rod Andrews to the author Denys Val Baker which some years after Val Baker's death, Rod disovered on the last page of his last book.
- Polperro John Surman
The opening track from John Surman's epic composition The Road to St. Ives, a glorious celebration of the Cornish landscape.
- Cornish Lads Jon Heslop and Kathy Wallace
Roger Bryant's anthem to Cornish miners and men of the sea sung by Kathy Wallace and Jon Heslop from their album Not For Glory. Donated to Ragamuffin by Dusty from the Nonesuch.
- Al Grierson Jack Williams interviewed by Mike
Jack Williams at Ragamuffin studios talking to Mike about Al Grierson which formed part of Ragamuffin Brian and Mike's Al Grierson programme.
- Things That Don't Add Up To Me Austin Kessler
- Ralph McTell
interviewed by Philip Norvill, Home Counties Radio
A fascinating insight into how Ralph McTell shaped his song Streets of London
- Streets of London
This is Ralph McTell's 1974 version of Streets of London from his 'Streets' album. Beautiful.
- Cornish Tin Miners BBC Archive Film Soundtrack
With a bit of digging about Ragamuffin Brian found this gem about mining for tin in Cornwall.
- Cousin Jack Show of Hands
Steve Nightley leading the singing of his passionate song Cousin Jack with Phil Beer and a choir of thousands at the Albert Hall.
- Plays out with No One Will Ever Know - Billy and Harry
from Back to Basics - Billy and Harry from Bellbuckle, Tennessee.
Honey, Ragamuffin Director of Programmes
The original recordings of the Al Grierson came from Clint Harding who was at the tribute to the songwriter at Kerrville. The link here is to his bluehighways programme.
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