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Digital Folk on BBC Radio 4

John Kirkpatrick, one of the giants of the British folk scene, will be guiding listeners through The Full English digital archive in a BBC Radio 4 programme entitled "Digital Folk" today at 3.30pm*. You’ll hear from our very own Library Director Malcolm Taylor, musicians Billy Bragg, Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr and Martin Simpson, as well as playwrights Nell Leyshon and Lee Hall (of Billy Elliott fame). 

We've delved into the digital archive, so if you would like to explore any of the songs and tunes mentioned the links are listed below. Happy listening and discovering!

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The songs and tunes

Links to some of the songs and tunes that will be mentioned in the programme, which are in The Full English digital archive:

If I Were A Blackbird 

The Jolly Roving Tar

The Drowned Lover 


Ranzo (chanty)

John Barleycorn  

True Lover’s Farewell  

Arthur O'Bradley  

Brigg Fair | Brigg Fair 

Search The Full English digital archive

A grant of £585,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £11,000 from the National Folk Music Fund, given in memory of former EFDSS President Ursula Vaughan Williams, and support from The Folklore Society has made it possible for the world to see these riches online and for thousands of people in England to get involved in an array of projects, giving these remarkable materials back to the communities from where they were originally collected.

*This programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 13 August 2013