Radio 2 – Is It Worth It?

1982 and I was briefly, but genuinely concerned that I might be called up to fight in the war against Argentina over some roxcks in the Soth Atlantic that we call the Falkland Islands and they call Malvinas.

Like many, I suspect, I was torn between seeing the need to defend ourselves against the Argentinians and wondering why the heck we thought some islands thousands of miles away belonged to us in the first place.

It was many years later that I came to know the song Shipbuilding and I like every versiuon I’ve heard so far, especially Tasmin Archer’s, though that one seldom gets played now.

“30 years on from the Falklands conflict, Annie Nightingale considers the impact of the war through the song Shipbuilding.”

BBC – BBC Radio 2 Programmes – Is It Worth It?

In June 1982, I happened to be on holiday in Plymouth when the first ship from the Falklands Task Force returned. Despite my anti-war feelings, it was no doubt a moving experience, especially knowing how many service personnel would not be returning.

Return of the first Task Force ship from the FalklandsWhat a shame the photograph has faded after 30 years, even if the memories haven’t.

PS I just found out that one of my favourite new bands The Unthanks will be recording Shipbuilding soon. Something to look forward to.

Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012

I’m not a big fan of awards ceremonies. Why would I be? I never win anything. But anyway…

Last night I listened to the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (on Radio 2, strangely) while occasionally watching on TV via the Red Button channel.

Don McLean sang a couple of old songs: but it’s always sad when someone’s voice isn’t as strong as it once was. And I think his guitar need tuning. He won the award for Lifetime Achievement. I got the 7″ single American Pie for Christmas that year, 1971, I think it was. So I was disappointed he didn’t sing that in its entirety!

It was good to see Seth Lakeman whom I’ve seen in concert 4 or 5 times now, in venues as diverse as the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park and at a students’ venue in Manchester.

For me, The Most Gorgeous Performance of The Evening Award goes to The Unthanks with The Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s rendition on ‘King of Rome’. That’s a keeper.

The Red Button channel stayed right to the end so we saw The Dubliners singing Whiskey in the Jar. Sadly this was missing from the Radio 2 broadcast: the news beckoned, something earth-shattering about football managers. Sometimes I think their production values are a tad awry.

The whole show is still available online, presumably for the usual 7 days:

BBC – Radio 2 – Events – Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012.