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In the 1950s and 60s, Ewan MacColl – along with Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger – created the groundbreaking Radio Ballads broadcasts for the BBC Home Service. Covering a variety of subjects and using an audio documentary format, they highlighted the experiences of real people, weaving the voices of rarely-heard communities with songs written from and about their recorded interviews.

Almost half a century later, in 2006, a new set of Radio Ballads were commissioned by BBC Radio 2, using the same format but this time involving a whole team of stellar musicians, singers and songwriters from the folk/acoustic/roots music scene.

Now, three musicians from that team – Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Julie Matthews – have put together a selection of songs from the 2006 Radio Ballads for a concert performance.

All three are engaging storytellers and multi-instrumentalists, whose skills have been honed by decades of live touring around the world and recording.

Expect to be entertained and enlightened by songs of joy, love, hardship and humour.

The New Radio Ballads ‘In the Footsteps of Ewan McColl’

Sat 15 June


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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