Green Fields Of France, The [Radio Ulster]

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20160703Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.
2016070320181111 (RU)In this, the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme in World War One, Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song, The Green Fields of France.

Made famous by The Furey's and Davey Arthur, and recorded by a host of musicians down the years, The Green Fields of France is also known as No Man's Land or Willie McBride. It was written by the Scottish folk songwriter Eric Bogle, who penned it after visiting the military cemeteries in Northern France and seeing all the young soldiers headstones. It's now one of the most enduring anti-war songs of the twentieth century, and has a particular significance in Ireland.

In an attempt to understand more about World War One, and to discover who the real Willie McBride was, Gerry travels to France and comes face-to-face with the same scenes that inspired Eric Bogle.

Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.

2016070320181111 (RU)On the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, broadcaster Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.

Made famous by the Irish folk group, The Fureys, and recorded by a host of musicians down the years, 'The Green Fields of France' is also known as 'No Man’s Land' or 'Willie McBride'. It remains one of the enduring anti-war songs of the twentieth century and has particular significance in Ireland.

In this documentary, Gerry travels to France and comes face to face with the scenes that inspired the song’s writer, Eric Bogle, in a moving attempt both to understand more about World War One and to discover who, if anyone, was the real Willie McBride.

On the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, broadcaster Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.

Made famous by the Irish folk group, The Fureys, and recorded by a host of musicians down the years, 'The Green Fields of France' is also known as 'No Man’s Land' or 'Willie McBride'. It remains one of the enduring anti-war songs of the twentieth century and has particular significance in Ireland.

Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song.

In this, the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme in World War One, Gerry Kelly goes on a personal journey to discover the story behind his favourite song, The Green Fields of France.

Made famous by The Furey's and Davey Arthur, and recorded by a host of musicians down the years, The Green Fields of France is also known as No Man's Land or Willie McBride. It was written by the Scottish folk songwriter Eric Bogle, who penned it after visiting the military cemeteries in Northern France and seeing all the young soldiers headstones. It's now one of the most enduring anti-war songs of the twentieth century, and has a particular significance in Ireland.

In an attempt to understand more about World War One, and to discover who the real Willie McBride was, Gerry travels to France and comes face-to-face with the same scenes that inspired Eric Bogle.