Play album. Length Related Tags folk Add tags View all tags. From The Album Play album. Play track. Artist images 4 more. Ralph McTell is probably best known for the song Streets of London which has been covered by over a hundred artists around the world. From Clare to Here has proved almost as popular, during a long and continuing recording and performing career. Ralph McTell is probably best known for the … read more.
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At McTell's insistence, local buskers were given free tickets for the flagship concert at Sydney Opera House. Ralph and Nanna's son Tom was born on 7 September McTell's eighth album, Right Side Up , was released late in and the year ended with a packed-out Christmas concert in Belfast where he got standing ovations both before and after the show. Records released the live album Ralph, Albert and Sydney. Ralph and Nanna's son Billy was born on 19 April Professionally, it was a quieter year and Ralph spent time with his family in their homes in London and Cornwall.
McTell had written a number of new songs and went into the studio with backing musicians including Richard Thompson , Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol. The recording contract with Warner Bros.
It would be a year or more until they had an album to release but McTell continued to tour. The first release on Mays Records was the single "England", a song later adopted as the theme for a television travelogue presented by comedian Billy Connolly , a long-standing friend of McTell. In , McTell's career took an unexpected change of direction.
Granada Television commissioned Alphabet Zoo , a series of children's programmes built around songs written and performed by McTell. McTell was still playing concerts between his television commitments and he toured during at home and in Canada and the United States.
After composing the music for a Skol lager advertising campaign,  he decided to concentrate on his musical career and turned down further television work. Bruce May negotiated a deal with Telstar Records , a company that pushed its products heavily with major advertising and hyping campaigns.
McTell was persuaded to record an album that mixed his own material and 'classic songs' such as "Penny Lane", "Morning Has Broken" and "Scarborough Fair". It was "a totally commercial venture and a miserable failure," he said later; " The next year McTell was back on form with Bridge of Sighs. Released on Mays Records in , the album gathered together a lot of hitherto unfinished songs.
As well as tours in his own right, McTell secured a prestigious support slot in opening the shows on The Everly Brothers ' UK tour. Released on his own Leola Music label, the album was a homage to the blues and ragtime musicians who had so influenced his playing. The follow-up tour that summer saw McTell on the road with a veritable arsenal of guitars.
McTell was a regular visitor to, and occasional performer at, Fairport Convention 's annual music festival in the village of Cropredy , near Banbury. The location inspired him to pen the ballad "Red and Gold" about the English Civil War , which has become another staple of Fairport's repertoire.
In , McTell signed a deal with the label Castle Communications to produce a compilation of his love songs. To support the album's release, McTell undertook an extensive tour in the autumn and early winter.
The next year, , Castle released Stealin' Back , another collection of McTell's blues and jug band numbers. In , McTell shared the billing with Donovan on a tour of Germany.
A second Castle compilation was released in to celebrate McTell's 25 years of recording. A very extensive Silver Celebration tour occupied much of the year, again managed by 'Jonah' Jones. Castle had by now obtained the rights to the Transatlantic catalogue,  and released a "Best of" CD with 24 tracks from McTell's earliest albums.
McTell completed a major project when in , the BBC commissioned  and broadcast The Boy with a Note — 'an evocation of the life of Dylan Thomas in words and music'. It was re-recorded and released on McTell's Leola label as an album.
McTell is very proud of this ambitious piece. Road Goes on Forever Records released The Complete Alphabet Zoo , presenting the songs from the two television series in alphabetical order. McTell and Mick McDonagh parted company. The album came out on the Transatlantic label during In the same year, McTell was the subject of a major feature in The Independent newspaper. By now, Leola had taken most of McTell's management arrangements in-house. Entitled Travelling Man , the double album came out in time for McTell's spring tour.
McTell had been busy writing during the previous couple of years and the result was Red Sky. Recorded at Woodworm and released in on the Leola label, the album contained 19 listed tracks plus "Tickety-boo" as an instrumental hidden track. McTell's output was not restricted to songs, however. He had been working on an autobiography for some years and the first volume, entitled Angel Laughter , was published by Heartland Publishing in To promote Angel Laughter , McTell undertook a tour of bookshops and libraries.
In , McTell undertook a special tour of the UK. Billed as 'The National Tour', it gave McTell a chance to present concerts featuring his newly acquired National Steel resonator guitar. Two live recordings from the National Tour made their way onto the Leola album National Treasure. The event was marked as a tribute to the late George Harrison who had died the previous November.
The date would have been George's 59th birthday. Heartland published Summer Lightning , the second volume of McTell's autobiography, in McTell had been touring extensively at home and abroad for many years so in he decided to take a break from the road. He split the year between his London and Cornwall homes and spent the time writing, travelling and spending time with his grandchildren. Dedicated "to Woody Guthrie , the man who started it all for me", Time's Poems contains " He also recorded an album of the material, titled Gates of Eden.
McTell described the music on this CD as "…the beginning of my own journey… these songs are almost sacred to me". The box set's packaging was designed by John Haxby, who also took the cover photograph. The three CDs included readings from the autobiography interspersed with new recordings of the songs they inspired.
During , McTell combined the two volumes of his autobiography into a single volume under the title As Far As I Can Tell  for publication to coincide with his autumn tour. Release Date April 11, Introspection Long Walk Reflection Autumn. Track Listing. Streets of London.
Ralph McTell. Willoughby's Farm. Blind Blake's Rag. Last Train and Ride. Girl on a Bicycle. Blues in More Than 12 Bars. Daddy's Here. Kew Gardens. Nanna's Song. Mrs Adlam's Angels. Too Tight Drag. Silver Birch and Weeping Willow.
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