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 song, though not exclusively; he was also a poet, playwright, organizer, activist, songwriter, husband, and father.

MacColl was married to Peggy Seeger, herself a singer of folk songs (and half-sister to American icon Pete Seeger). Together MacColl and Seeger, sometimes accompanied by their children, also skilled musicians and singers, recorded quite a few albums as well. Many of MacColl’s albums are out of print products of long-defunct record companies. Some, however, are readily available. All, like MacColl himself, are important factors in the history of the folk revival, to be cherished by all who encounter them. This great singer made many, many albums over many years. All of them are recommended for fans of great singing, though some may be a bit specialized (i.e., unaccompanied singing in broad Scots dialect) for some listeners.      

“Steam Whistle Ballads”, a collection of English and Scots industrial songs, was released in 1964 on the Topic records. In fact, the songs on this record were first published on the albums “Shuttle and Cage” (Topic 10T13) and “Second Shift” (Topic 10T25) in 1958.

Tracklist:
01 – Wark O’ The Weavers
02 – Droylsden Wakes
03 – Four Loom Weaver
04 – Calton Weaver
05 – Oh Dear Me
06 – The Coal Owner And The Pitman’s
07 – Fourpence A Day
08 – Gresford Disaster
09 – Will Caird
10 – Iron Horse
11 – Poor Paddy Works On The Railway
12 – Cannily Cannily
13 – Song Of The Iron Road
14 – The Blantyre Explosion
15 – The Collier Laddie
16 – Moses Of The Mail

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger – Steam Whistle Ballads (1964)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

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