Ewan MacColl (1915 - 1989)

Singer of traditional songs and contemporary political songs.

(Originally called James Miller. Married to Peggy Seeger. Step-father of Kirsty MacColl. Brought up in the North of England by Scottish parents. Born in Salford, but sometimes claimed to be born in Scotland)
(Ewan also recorded with The Critics Group)


Albums.

Title.year.Label.number.
Scots Street Songs1956 RiversideRLP 12-612
Barrack Room Ballads1958 Topic10T 26 
Still I Love Him1958  
Bad Lads and Hard Cases1959 RiversideRLP 12-632 
[Reissue]?TransatlanticXTRA1054
[Reissue]?1997Tradition RecordsTCD 1051
Songs of Robert Burns1959Folkways FW08758
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Child Ballads)1961Folkways 
Bothy Ballads1961 FolkwaysFW08759
Broadside Ballads, vols 1 and 21962Folkways 
Four Pence a Day1963  
British Industrial Folk songs1963Stinson 
Steam Whistle Ballads1964Topic12T104
Bundook Ballads1967 Topic12T130 
Paper Stage 11969 ArgoZDA98
Paper Stage 21969 ArgoZDA99
Solo Flight1972 ArgoZFB12
At the Present Moment1973 RounderROUN 4003
Hot Blast1978BlackthorneBR1059
Daddy, What did You Do In The Strike?1985  
Items of News1986Blackthorne BR 1067 

Multi-volume Albums.

TitleYear.Label.number.
The Anthology (2 CDs) (*)1997 Not Now Music?
(* "Bad Lads and Hard Cases", "Still I Love Him" and "The Songs of Robert Burns")

Compilations.

Title.year.Label.number.
Naming of Names - Topical Songs?Cooking Vinyl COOK 036
The Real MacColl1994TopicTSCD463
[Reissue]2008 Topic 
The Folk Collection1994?TopicTSCD470
Round Cape Horn1998?TopicTSCD499
Scottish Voices?TopicTSCD703
The Voice of Folk?TopicTSCD705
The Legend of Ewan MacColl1995 NectarNTMCD502
Antiquities (2 CDs)1998 Topic 
Black and White: The Definitive Ewan MacColl Collection2000 Cooking VinylCOOK 038
The Definitive Collection2003 HighpointHPO 6006
Ballads: Murder Intrigue Love Discord (2 CDs) 2009 Topic 

Collaboration - A.L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl, accompanied by Steve Benbow.

Title.year.Label.number.
Gamblers and Sporting Blades (E.P.)1962Topic TOP71

Collaborations - Ewan McColl and Bert Lloyd.

Title.year.Label.number.
Bold Sportsmen All: Gamblers & Sporting Blades1960Topic 10T36
[Reissue with bonus tracks] 1998Topic TSCD 495
A Sailor's Garland1962Prestige InternationalINT-13043
[reissue]1966TransatlanticXTRA 5013
Blow Boys Blow1960Tradition RecordsTLP1026
[Reissue]1967TransatlanticXTRA 1952
[Reissue]1996 Rykodisk/ Tradition RecordsTCD 1024
Blow Boys Blow: The Tradition Years 2006Empire Musikwerks 545 450 849-2

Collaboration - A.L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Louis Killen, Ian Campbell, Cyril Tawney, Sam Larner and Harry H. Corbett.

Title.year.Label.number.
Blow the Man Down (EP)1963Topic TOP98
[Reissue][with bonus tracks] (*) 1993TopicTSCD464

Various artists - Ian Campbell, Bob Davenport, Lou Killen, Redd Sullivan, Dave Swarbrick, Cyril Tawney.

Title.year.Label.No.
Farewell Nancy: Sea Songs and Shanties 1964Topic12T110 
[Reissued as "Blow The Man Down"] (*) 1993Topic TSCD464

(* The 1993 album is a combination of tracks from the 1963 "Blow The Man Down" and tracks from "Farewell Nancy". Extra tracks by Ewan MacColl, Harry H Corbett, Sam Larner, The Watersons, Bob Hart, A.L. Lloyd ).

Collaboration - A.L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl (Child Ballads).

Title.year.Label.number.
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Vol 11956 WashingtonWLP 715
[Reissued]?Folkways FG 3509
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Vol 21956 WashingtonWLP 716
[Reissued]? FolkwaysFG 3510
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Vol 3 1956Washington WLP 717
[Reissued] ?Folkways FG 3511
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Vol 41956 WashintonWLP 718
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Vol 5 1956Washington WLP 719
English and Scottish Folk Ballads1964Topic12T103 [reissued TSCD480]

Collaboration - A.L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Harry H Corbett with chorus (sea songs).

Title.year.Label.number.
A Hundred Years Ago (EP)1956 [re-issued 1963]Topic [TOP99]
The Coast of Peru (EP)1956 [re-issued 1963]Topic[TOP100]
The Singing Sailor1956 TopicTRL 3
Row Bullies Row 1957Topic 8T7
[Reissued as "Chants des Marins Anglais No 1"] 1957Le Chant du Monde LDY 4155
The Blackball Line 1957Topic 8T8
[Reissued as "Chants des Marins Anglais No 2"] 1957Le Chant du Monde LDY 4157
Singing Sailors (*) 1957Wattle C5
Shanties and Fo'c'sle Songs (*) 1957Wattle C6
Haul on the Bowlin' and Other Chanteys and Fo'c'sle Songs Volume I (*) 1962Stinson SLP80
Off to Sea Once More and Other Fo'c'sle Songs and Shanties Volume II (*) 1963Stinson SLP81
(* These are recordings drawn from earlier albums)

Collaboration - Bob and Ron Copper, Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, Seamus Ennis and Peter Kennedy.

Title.year.Label.number.
As I Roved Out1953-4FolktraxTFX-253

Collaboration - Alan Lomax and the Ramblers (Alan Lomac, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Shirley Collins, Sandy Brown, John Cole, Bryan Daley and Alan Sutton).

Title.year.Label.number.
Alan Lomax and the Ramblers (EP)? DeccaDFE 6267

Collaborations - Ewan MacColl and others.

Title.year.Label.number.
Broadside Ballads 1600 - 1700 volume 1?Folkways FW 3043
Broadside Ballads 1600 - 1700 volume 2?FolkwaysFW 3044
The Unfortunate Rake (*)1960FolkwaysFW 3805
Whaler Out of New Bedford (**) 1962FolkwaysFS 3850
Music of the World's Peoples Vol 3 (***) 1955?FolkwaysFW 4506
Singing Streets: Memories or Ireland and Scotland (****) 1958FolkwaysFW 8501
Poetry and Song vol 11966-67? ArgoZDA 50
Poetry and Song vol 41966-67? ArgoZDA 53
Poetry and Song vol 71966-67? ArgoZDA 56
Poetry and Song vol 111966-67? ArgoZDA 60
Poetry and Song vol 141966-67? ArgoZDA 63

(* Only one track by Peggy and Ewan - "The Trooper cut Down in His Prime". Only one track for Alf Ewards and A.L. Lloyd - "The Unfortunate Rake". The other tracks are by Harry Cox, Dave Van Ronk, Rosalie Sorrels, Kenneth S Goldstein, Alan Lomax, and Pete Seeger)
(** Ewan MacColl, A.l. Lloyd and Peggy Seeger)
(*** Only one track track by Ewan MacColl - "As I Went out one May Morning")
(**** Ewan MacColl and Dominic Behan)

Anthology - tracks from Folkways and Elektra labels.

Title.year.Label.number.
The Folk Box (box set)2004ElektraEKL 9001
The Folk Collection?TopicTSCD707/8

Anthology - Topic Sampler. (Louis Killen, AL Lloyd, Ian Campbell Group, Ewan MacColl et al)

Title.year.Label.number.
Folk Songs - An Anthology1964 TopicTPS114

Anthology - John MacDonald, Harry Cox, Fairport Convention, Albion Band, Ewan MacColl, Tir-Na-Nog, Straight Furrow et al.

Title.year.Label.number.
A Celebration of Great British Folk (2 CDs) (*) 2009 TopicTSCD653 

Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.

Title.year.Label.number.
Shuttle and Cage1958 Topic10T13
Second Shift1958 Topic10T25
The Jacobite Rebellions1960 FolkwaysFW08756
Popular Scottish Songs 1960 FolkwaysFW 8757
Classic Scots Ballads1961 TraditionTLP 1015
Chorus From The Gallows 1961Topic TSCD 502
Songs of Two Rebellions - The Jacobite Wars of 1715 and 17451960 FolkwaysFW08756
[Reissued as "Jacobite Songs - The Two Rebellions 1715 and 1745"] 1962Topic12T79
[Reissued as "The Jacobite Rebellions"] 1998Ossian OSS CD 103
The Amorous Muse1966 ArgoZFB66
The Manchester Angel1966 Topic147 
The Angry Muse1968ArgoZFB65
The Wanton Muse1968Argo ZFB67
Saturday Night at The Bull and Mouth1977BlackthorneBR 1055
Cold Snap1977BlackthorneBR 1057
Kilroy Was Here?BlackthorneBR 1063
[Reissue]1980 FolkwaysCD FW 8562
Freeborn Man?BlackthorneBR 1065
[Reissue]? RounderROUN 3083
Items of News1986BlackthorneBR 1067
Scottish Drinking and Pipe Songs (*) 1984Bescol 
[Reissue]2004 Music Digital 
Naming of Names1989 Cooking VinylCOOKCD 036 
[Reissue]2000 Cooking Vinyl 
Traditional Songs and Ballads of Scotland? OssianOSS CD 103
Scottish Traditional Songs? OssianOSS CD 105
(* Not actually sung by McColl and Seeger.  This is an anthology of songs and tunes recorded by them)

Compilations - Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.

Title.year.Label.number.
The World of Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger 1969ArgoSPA102
The World of Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger volume 2 (*) 1971ArgoSPA-A132
Folk on 2: Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger 2000Cooking Vinyl MASH CDE 002
(* From the Radio Ballads)

Ewan MacColl/ The Radio Ballads (1958 - 1964)(*).

Title.year.Label.number.
Ballad of John Axon (recorded 1958)1965 ArgoRG 474
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD801
Song of a Road1959  
[Reissue]  TopicTSCD802
Singing The Fishing1960 DA 142
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD803
The Big Hewer1961 DA 140
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD804
The Body Blow1962   
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD805
On The Edge1963 DA 136
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD806
The Fight Game1964 DA 141
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD807
The Travelling People1964 DA 133
[Reissue]1999 TopicTSCD808

(* Mixture of documentary, drama and song. Broadcast on BBC radio)

Ewan MacColl/ The Long Harvest (*)

Title.year.Label.number.
The Long Harvest 11966 ArgoDA 66 
The Long Harvest 21967 ArgoDA 67
The Long Harvest 31968 ArgoDA 68
The Long Harvest 41969 ArgoDA 69
The Long Harvest 51970 ArgoDA 70
The Long Harvest 61971 ArgoDA 71 ARG 2953 
The Long Harvest 71972 ArgoDA 72
The Long Harvest 81973 ArgoDA 73
The Long Harvest 91974 ArgoDA 74
The Long Harvest 101975 ArgoDA 75

(* Traditional Ballads)

Ewan MacColl/ Blood and Roses (*)

Title.year.Label.number.
Blood and Roses1979Blackthorne 
Blood and Roses 21981Blackthorne 
Blood and Roses 31982Blackthorne 
Blood and Roses 41982Blackthorne 
Blood and Roses 51983Blackthorne 

(* Traditional Ballads)

Best albums(*).

Title.year.
Blow Boys Blow1967
Definitive Collection2003
Songs of Two Rebellions - The Jacobite Wars of 1715 and 17451960
Black and White: The Definitive Ewan MacColl Collection2000

(*) Based on critical opinion.

Singles.

Title. year. Label. No
Van Dieman's Land/ Lord Randall ? HMV  B10259
Sir Patrick Spens/ Eppie Morrie ? HMV B10260
Parliamentary Polka/ Song of Choice ? Blackthorne BR 20535
Housewife's Alphabet/ My Son ? Blackthorne BR 10525

Popular downloads.

Title.
Dirty Old Town
Song of the Iron Road
The Shoals of Herring
The Press Gang

Album Tracks.

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Volume 2 Running time ?? minutes ?? seconds. Recorded in 1956. Ewan MacColl (vocals), A.L. Lloyd (vocals). Each sings solo.

LP - Side one

Title Author SingerTiming
1. Eppie Morrie (Child 223)Trad EM3:38
2. Sir Hugh (Child 155)Trad ALL3:17
3. The Shepherd Lad (Child 112) Trad EM3:22
4. Robin Hood and the Tanner (Child 126)Trad ALL3:34
5. Richie Story (Child 232)Trad EM5:40

LP - Side two

Title Author SingerTiming
1. Get Up and Bar the Door (Child 275)Trad EM3:52
2. The Outlandish Knight (Child 4)Trad ALL5:34
3. The Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie (Child 199)Trad EM5:35
4. The Rantin Laddie (Child 240)Trad EM3:53

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Volume 3 Running time ?? minutes ?? seconds. Recorded in 1956. Ewan MacColl (vocals), A.L. Lloyd (vocals). Each sings solo.

LP - Side one

Title Author SingerTiming
1. The Broomfield Hill (Child 43)Trad EM2:39
2. The Prickly Bush (Child 95) TradALL3:56
3. Johnnie O'Breadisley (Child 114) Trad EM4:10
4. George Collins  (Child 85)Trad ALL4:24
5. The Trooper and the Maid (Child 299)Trad EM4:24

LP - Side two

Title Author SingerTiming
1. The Cooper O'Fife (Child 277)Trad EM1:27
2. Fair Margaret and Sweet William (Child 74)Trad ALL4:18
3. Glasgow Peggie (Child 228)Trad EM3:06
4. The Broom of Cowdenknowes (Child 217)Trad EM11:03

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Volume 5 Running time ?? minutes ?? seconds. Recorded in 1956. Ewan MacColl (vocals), A.L. Lloyd (vocals). Each sings solo.

LP - Side one

Title Author SingerTiming
1. The Battle of Harlaw (Child 163)Trad EM2:39
2. The Dover Sailor (Child 295) TradALL3:56
3. Amang the Blue Flowers and the Yellow (Child 25) Trad EM4:10
4. The Golden Vanity  (Child 286)Trad ALL4:24
5. The Douglas Tragedy (Child 7)Trad EM4:24

LP - Side two

Title Author SingerTiming
1. The Dowie Dens O' Yarrow (Child 214)Trad EM1:27
2. Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford (Child 144)Trad ALL4:18
3. The Gairdner Child (Child 219)Trad EM3:06
4. Gil Morice (Child 83)Trad EM8:37

Websites

www.ewan-maccoll.info/
www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/emindex.htm

Books: "Class Act: The Cultural and Political Lifeof Ewan MacColl" by Ben Harker (2007)


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Last updated on 25/12/2010