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In The Footsteps Of Ewan MacColl 2024
Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe and Bob Fox

A selection of songs from the 2006 BBC Radio Ballads
 The Project 

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JUNE - 2024


5th LIVERPOOL The Music Room, Liverpool Phil 

6th BURY Met

7th BLACKWOOD Miners Institute


12th BANBURY The Mill

13th LONDON Cecil Sharp House

14th MAIDENHEAD Norden Fam Arts Centre 

15th CANTERBURY The Gulbenkian

16th ST.ALBANS The Roman Theatre

17th Nth BOARHUNT Forest Folk

20th SHEFFIELD St. Andrew’s Church

21st GATESHEAD The Glasshouse (formerly Sage)

22nd BUXTON Pavilion

23rd HARTLEPOOL St.George’s Venue




About the project

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF EWAN MACCOLL……and what hugely influential footsteps they are!


In the 50s 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 to highlight the experiences of real people weaving the voices of rarely-heard communities with songs written from and about their recorded interviews, the first time regional accents had been heard on BBC Radio!

There were eight original programmes and they were masterpieces of radio producing many songs that have since become folk classics.


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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 under the guiding hands and watchful eyes of producer John Leonard and musical director John Tams.


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Now three members of that team, Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Julie Matthews, have put together a selection of songs from the 2006 new Radio Ballads for a concert performance IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF EWAN MacCOLL.


All three are consummate engaging performers of meaningful songs and stories and are multi-instrumentalists whose skills have been honed by decades of live touring throughout UK, Europe, Canada, U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand. They have all recorded extensively, worked in collaboration with many of the top folk roots artists and bands as well as having highly successful solo careers and are well loved and respected by audiences and colleagues alike.

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


More information on the artists can be found at the following websites

Bob Fox

Jez Lowe

Julie Matthews

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