Morris, Grace Petrie, Rachel Newton discussed on Woman's Hour

Woman's Hour


Hello, and on this maybank holiday, when you might be thinking of dancing around a maypole or perhaps watching some Morris dancers or none of those things, we thought here on women's art we would take the opportunity to learn a lot more about women and the tradition of folk music. Now, you may have a stereotypical image of a woman, I don't know, in a floaty dress, walking through a flower meadow, but we want to challenge that somewhat. From protest songs to feminist anthems, it is not all whimsy in the world of folk far from it. And I should say at this point, folk music, to give a loose definition, but hopefully a bit of a framework, its music transmitted aurally, often unknown composers played on traditional instruments and taking in themes of cultural and national identity. But of course, it's also evolving. In today's program, we'll be examining some of the uncomfortable elements of folk music too and how artists are finding ways of reinterpreting old songs or writing new ones to represent missing narratives and stories. We'll hear about the women who were the tradition bearers, writers and performers, and they often forgotten female collectors, collectors being in this instance those who would record and notate traditional songs handed down orally from generation to generation. I should say, we are not live today, but you can still get in touch on social media. You know, I love to hear from you. Or you can email me through the woman's hour website. We have a wonderful cast of women today that we've brought together that I'm so excited to hear from and share with you. Grace Petrie, Rachel Newton, angelin Morrison, Faye hill, and Amy Holland. But first, I'm going to talk to a woman considered a legend in the folk world Peggy Seager. Peggy began her career in America where she was born and then came to the UK where she's enjoyed 6 decades of success with her music. And when she came here, Peggy met and married the singer, Ewan mccoll. He wrote the song the first time ever, I saw your face for her. Together, they revitalized the British vote scene during the 50s and 60s, working on the BBC Radio ballards, groundbreaking documentaries, which wove a story from the words of real people working in the mining and fishing industry or building the M1 motorway with sound effects and songs. Now 86 years old, Peggy's own songs have become anthems for feminists, anti nuclear campaigners, and those fighting for social justice. One of her best known feminist anthems is going.

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