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One of the greatest folk collections ever

As a teenager, I borrowed the album (then an LP) from a public library just because I liked the cover. It was the start of a my long love affair with folk music. Ewan MacColl's spartan interpretations of these great Child ballads is beyond compare. These tunes have been part of the English musical traditions for centuries, and he has ensured that they will continue to be sung and loved for centuries to come. Do yourself a favor and listen to pure gold.


Born: January 25, 1915 in Salford, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Ewan MacColl may well have been the most influential person in the British folk song revival. From his early manhood until his death in 1989, he remained passionately committed to folk, though not exclusively; he was also a poet, playwright, organizer, activist, songwriter, husband, and father. MacColl was born James Henry Miller in Salford, England in 1915. His father was a lowland man who spoke Scots English, his mother a highlander who spoke Gaelic. Both of his parents were singers. MacColl left...
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