Michael Morpurgo's Folk Journeys

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01Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye20201019The author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful) explores the ways in which folk songs have reflected timeless human experiences, both in the past and today.

With help from singers, songwriters and other passionate experts, Michael admires the indelible stories within classic songs that deal with migration, war, protest and love.

Over the four themed episodes, Michael considers the locations and historical contexts that gave rise to much-loved traditional songs, and finds out how the same topics are inspiring new folk songs in the 2020s.

In the first episode, Michael considers a song about an injured man returning from war: Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye.

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of folk's most enduring songs.

Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of some of the greatest songs ever composed.

02Four Loom Weaver20201026Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of folk's most enduring songs.

Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of some of the greatest songs ever composed.

03Ten Thousand Miles20201102The author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful) explores the ways in which folk songs have reflected timeless human experiences, both in the past and today.

With help from singers, songwriters and other passionate experts, Michael admires the indelible stories within classic songs that deal with migration, war, protest and love.

Over the four themed episodes, Michael considers the locations and historical contexts that gave rise to much-loved traditional songs, and finds out how the same topics are inspiring new folk songs in the 2020s.

In the third episode, Michael considers a love song, Ten Thousand Miles.

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of some of the greatest songs ever composed.

Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of some of the greatest songs ever composed

Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of some of the greatest songs ever composed.

04Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore20201109The author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful) explores the ways in which folk songs have reflected timeless human experiences, both in the past and today.

With help from singers, songwriters and other passionate experts, Michael admires the indelible stories within classic songs that deal with migration, war, protest and love.

Over the four themed episodes, Michael considers the locations and historical contexts that gave rise to much-loved traditional songs, and finds out how the same topics are inspiring new folk songs in the 2020s.

In the final episode, Michael considers a song of migration, Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore.

With Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson, broadcaster Martin Logan, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Georgina Boyes, Julie Matthews and Chris While.

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Morpurgo travels to the heart of some of the greatest songs ever composed.