A Cry from the Cut

A Radio Ballad

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"This is the Midland Home Service. We present Cry from the Cut a documentary survey by Brian Vaughton of the narrowboat canals and the way of life of those who work on them; with music compiled from traditional sources by Ian Campbell."

So begins this hour long recording originally broadcast in 1962. The full recording can be heard by selecting Play.

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It features the following songs :

'Greasy Wheel', a partial recording from Mr Arthur Johns of Braunston with additional words by Ian Campbell.

'Here Come the Navvies', written by Ian Campbell for this programme.

In addition, there are 'Banks of the Sweet Primroses' and 'The Cruise of the Calabar'.

This is a Radio Ballad as devised originally by Charles Parker. It is one of two 'Birmingham Ballads' which were thought to have been lost. Fortunately, due to the efforts of Chris J Brady, this recording has been unearthed.

Brian Vaughton compiled and wrote two radio programmes in 1961 and 1962. Both were produced by Charles Parker from the BBC Birmingham studios. These were later described as “The Birmingham Ballads”, the other one being called “The Jewellery”.

The musical content of these two ballads is limited and less than that contained in the better known Radio Ballads. The body of the programme being interviews with some of the people involved in the last days of the working boats.

Interviewees include :
Mr Sam Lomas of Autherley Junction
Sister Mary Ward of Stoke Bruerne
Mr Ernie Thomas
Mr Robert Aickman
Mr and Mrs Joe Skinner
Mr Alf Best
Mr Bates

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_ballads

http://www.cpatrust.org.uk/Bham_ballads.htm

http://www.mustrad.org.uk/enth13.htm