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For a month in late 2017, Eddie presented his own show on Liskeard Radio 87.7 FM: Eddie Farrell’s Folk Show, Sunday, 10 pm until midnight
Here are some photos taken during these broadcasts, and the playlists for each show
NB: Some people have asked us whether these shows are still available to hear. The answer is (at the moment) : No! Sorry! But thanks for your enthusiasm, and keep checking with us in case this changes

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Week 1, 27 November 2017

This was Eddie’s first ever attempt at a radio show, and the answer to the question ‘How was it?’ is ‘Bloody terrifying!’
However, it wasn’t all a complete fiasco, and he finished his first ever show at 00:00:00 hours and 6 seconds!
Here’s the playlist, which was a kind of musical tour of how Eddie arrived at his current repertoire. (He could call it ‘My back pages’ but that would be a pity, as the provenance of that particular title is somewhat dubious)

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FIRST HOUR

The Weavers, Goodnight Irene
Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land
Pete Seeger, If you miss me at the back of the bus
Nancy Whiskey, She moved through the fair
Joan Baez, Silver Dagger
Ian Campbell Folk Group, The Cutty Wren
Ewan MacColl, Shoals of Herring
The Spinners, Maggie May
Cyril Tawney, The Oggie Man
Bob Davenport, Tom’s gone to Hilo
The McPeake Family, Will ye go Lassie (The Wild Moutain Thyme) 
Lou Killen, Young Edwin in the Lowlands
The Watersons, Three score and Ten

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SECOND HOUR

Fairport Convention, Matty Groves
Tom Paxton, Ramblin Boy
Phil Ochs, That was the President
Mary McPartlan, Slieve Gallion Braes
The Johnstons, Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
The Chieftains, Planxty George Brabazon
June Tabor, Willie McBride
Paul Metsers, The Seal Children
Billy Bragg, The World turned Upside Down
The Pogues, Dirty Old Town

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Week 2, 3 December 2017

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Eddie’s guest for this session was Ramblin’ Mike Walford, erstwhile Artistic Director of the Cornwall Folk Festival, and although ‘retired’, still (co-)organising Wadebridge Folk Club, monthly sessions at The Ship Inn, Wadebridge, and the Crantock Folk Festival, as well as the Unizone at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival (!)

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FIRST HOUR

Ramblin Mike recently produced his own first CD, Footprints, Shorelines, Highways, so we played a few tracks, and had a talk about how Mike came to write various of his songs

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The tracks we played were:
Storm Warning, American Drifter, Blues Keep Following me, Blues for Bessie, Shorelines of Cornwall, Harlyn Girl, Looking for my Footprints, and also  Malcolm Pinch’s ‘tribute’ to Mike, Rambling Mike Walford
We ‘topped and tailed’ these with:
Alex Campbell, Been on the Road
 Robb Johnson, Rosa’s Lovely Daughters
(for Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on 5 December 1955)

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SECOND HOUR

For the second hour, we shared some memories of we both got into folk music via separate routes, the common ground of which was the Skiffle Boom of the late 1950s. Although today we play very different types of repertoire, the origins of our musical interests are very similar
We listened to:
The Reuben James, Woody Guthrie
Midnight Special, Leadbelly
Rock Island Line, Lonnie Donegan
Don’t you Rock me Daddy-o, The Vipers Skiffle Group
Anji, Davy Graham
Soho, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn
The House Carpenter, Pentangle
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Finally, we wound up with a few tracks by some local, Cornish colleagues
Finisterre, Tim Brine & Sue Franklin
Cheap Boats, Farrell Family
The Saucy Sailor, Viv Legg (next week’s guest!)

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Week 3, 10 December 2017

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My second guest was Viv Legg, stalwart of Bodmin Folk Club, member of the Orchard/Renals/Legg family of Traveller traditional singers, and a very fine traditional, a capella singer in her own right

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 FIRST HOUR

The evening began with
 The Watersons – The Thirty Foot Trailer
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We then talked about various recordings by Viv and other members of her family, namely:
Viv Legg – One Morning in May
Sophie Legg – Thorneymore Woods
Charlotte Renals – Lord Lovell
Betsy Renals – Van Dieman’s Land
Vic Legg – The Banks of the Sweet Primroses
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All of these are available on CD from Veteran Records, namely:
Viv Legg, Romany Roots – Cornish Traveller Songs
Charlotte & Betsy Renals, Sophie Legg – ‘Catch me if You can’ – Songs from Cornish Travellers
Vic Legg – ‘I’ve come to sing a song’ – Cornish Traveller Songs
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Viv has also recently made another CD with the distinguished Irish traditional singer Thomas McCarthy, Jauling the Green Tober. Thomas is also from a Traveller family, and an exponent of the sean-nós or ‘old-style’ way of Irish singing
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The tracks we listened to from this album were:
Ask me again (Thomas)
The Good for Nothing Man (Viv)
In the Golden Vale of Limerick (Thomas)
The Young Rackly (Viv)
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And we finished up with next week’s guests
The Egloshayle Ringers, Salt & Sky

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SECOND HOUR

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Some more back pages
Farrell Family – Cousin Jack
Peggy Seeger – The first time ever I saw your face
Lou Killen – The Wild Goose Shanty
Anne Briggs – Lowlands
The Chieftains – Bean an Fhir Rua (The Red Haired Man’s Wife)
Paul Brady – Mary and the Soldier
Ronnie Gilbert – Mothers, Daughters, Wives
Chris Wood – The Cottager’s Reply
Christy Moore – Ride On
Grace Petrie – Aeroplanes and Stars
Fairport Convention – Sir Patrick Spens

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Week 4, 17 December 2017

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 My final guests of the year were the wonderful Emma Packer and Lizzie Pridmore of the Cornish fiddle duo (and singers) Salt & Sky

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 FIRST HOUR

Lizzie and Emma played a selection of live msic, including:
Three Drunken Maidens; Get up/Get Out – Rise and Shine/Begone from my window; Tolla Rooz; The Christmas Set – While Shepherds Watched (Cornish version)/ Joy to the World; Jan Knuckey; The Bell Ringers
and
Lamorna

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There was also an impromptu performance of the St Day (Sans Day) Carol by Lizzie, Emma, Eddie, and the “studio manager”, Maggie Cranston

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We finished the first half with a fitting seasonal tribute to Lizzie and Emma’s musicianship

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The Watersons -Sound! Sound your instruments of joy!

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SECOND HALF

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We then played a selection reflecting Eddie’s perspective on the ‘festive’ season

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Here we come a-wassailing – The Watersons
The Cherry Tree Carol – Jean Ritchie
There are no lights on our Christmas Tree – Cyril Tawney
Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt (Give me no splendour, gold or pomp; comp.  Sibelius) – Florakören of Turku (Åbo), Finland
No Christmas in Kentucky – Phil Ochs
Until the Dark Time Ends – Lynn & Will Rowan

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One ‘catch-up’ song (in the Irish ‘sean nós’ style mentioned last week)
Joe Heaney – The Rocks of Bawn

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Some more Cornish material
Thorn and Roses – The Sheep Stealer
Sylvia Watts & John Quinn – Seasons Turn
Snob Hill – Who?

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And to finish off, two songs looking forward to next year

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Farrell Family – Tolpuddle Man (we hope to be there again this year)
and
Sandy Denny (obit. 21 April 1978)
Who knows where the time goes?

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