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.
- Tates Hell Tom Shed
a song by Will McLean sung by Tom on his album Live At The Thomas Centre.
- Tall Stories from the Okenfenoke
A recording from the 1963 Florida Folk Festival with thanks to Sally Bessonette for guiding us to her uncle.
- Seminole Fiddler Doug
Doug Bowman, songman and afficianado of the music of Gamble Rogers and Jack Williams pens a beautiful song about the Florida swamps with musical backing from his brother Charley's string band way up north of the aligators in Kent, Ohio.
- Singing The Fishing
Ewan Macoll, Peggy Seegar and Charles Parker
Ragamuffin Brian delves into the priceless work of Charles Parker and his collaboration with Ewan Mcoll, Peggy Seegar which blends the tales and songs of Norfolk fisherman with the BBC Radio Orchestra.
- The Railway Navvy
BBC Film Archive
Ragamuffin Brian dips into the BBC film archive and its rich source of social history.
- Navvy on the Line
Another rich source of song and history, the tapes of Live Steam, this one drawn from Down The Pan But Still Steaming.
- Alice White
Liz Moore singing about the Navvy's wife from the Live Steam tape Down the Pan But Still Steaming
- Smiley's, Bolinas
A tribute to the late John Stewart who died in January, 2008
- Bolinas Buff Ford
and John Stewart
If you can find Bolinas you can find paradise and it will be just like Buff Ford and John Stewart sing of it. From his album The Lonesome Picker Rides Again
- One rainbow for Ethel Mike
From the sleeve notes of the album that Pete Frame called "one of the ten best albums to come down the pike", California Bloodlines and inspired Pete O'Brien's fanzine Omaha Rainbow.
- Mother Country John
The epic track originally from California Bloodlines played here from the epic double album The Phoenix Concerts.
- Danny Boy, Young Irishmen in English Bars
This segment is about Irish songs not written by Irishmen after reading about an Irish bar in New York that has banned Danny Boy being sung on St. Patrick's Day because it was written by an Englishman. I taken the opening of Jackie Leven from the Kingdom of Fife's classic Call Mother A Lonely Field.
- Clare To Here Sligo
When Nanci Griffith covered from Clare to Here she thought Ralph McTell must be an Irishman. Sligo Rags are Irishmen from Los Angeles and what they say about being Irish tis very true: “But I don’t think you have to be Irish to feel Irish,” adds Kelly. “I think the music and the culture really speaks to everybody. This is music that touches your soul.”
- The Gingerman Tom
If he isn't Tom Cullivan should be an Irish national treasure. His compositions and his piano playing are magical. And most of this segment is taken from our Ragamuffin special Irish Mist in the Porridge.
- Morrison's Jig Ardvana
Ardvana are Gerry D'Arcy, Pat Conneeley and Denis Geroghegan and I bought this cracking album at the Crane Bar, Galway.
- Back Home in Derry Ardvana
Written by Bobby Sands, this is a classic Mother Country song, sung by Pat Coneeley who comes down from Oughterard every Sunday to play in the Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway
- The Claddagh Joe O'Donnell
Joe is a fine watercolour artist and a man of Galway through and through.
- The High and Low Roads to Glin The Kane Sisters
Liz and Yvonne Kane who play their fiddles as poetically as the mist on the shores of Connemara
- Are you coming back to Galway? Katrine
Katrine was orignally from Germany and settled in Galway where she was the owner of the Bridge Mills Cafe which I understand has now closed.
- 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
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