Blood and Roses: The Songs of Ewan MacColl

9 November 2015 / 20:00

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Musician, songwriter, activist, broadcaster, actor and playwright, Ewan MacColl was a prolific individual but it is his unapologetically political folk songs for which he is best remembered.

Passionate about folk music not just as a tradition, but as living music that represented peopleís loves, lives, hopes and fears, itís unsurprising that his sparse and tender yet powerful songs such as 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' remain as poignant today as they ever were.

In this special concert marking 100 years since his birth, his sons Calum and Neill MacColl, wife Peggy Seeger, grandsons Harry Mead and TomAlex and Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club) and guests singers including Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Seth Lakeman and Rachel & Becky Unthank guide you through MacCollís huge songbook with an evening of both his well-loved and lesser-known music, a chance to hear his resonant guitar lines and heartfelt lyrics expanded by a whole host of voices and instruments.

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Calum MacColl guitar
Neill MacColl guitar
Kate St John piano, accordian, winds
Harry Mead drums
Ben Nicholls bass
Chaim Tannenbaum banjo

Guest singers
Eliza Carthy
Martin Carthy
Damien Dempsey
Alex MacColl
Jamie MacColl
Tom MacColl
Peggy Seeger
Seth Lakeman
Norma Waterson
Rachel & Becky Unthank

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