Links & Resources

Here are a selection of links to other sites and resources about Ewan MacColl. We can’t vouch for the accuracy of all the content, so please let us know if you find broken links, missing information or inaccuracies.  If you know of other resources that we should be linking to, please let us know via the contact page.

Websites Links:

Ewan MacColl digital shop – the family are gradually making Ewan’s catalogue available to download.  All the Radio Ballads are available here.

Peggy Seeger’s Website: Peggy Seeger 

Kirsty MacColl’s Website: Kirsty MacColl

BBC Entry on Ewan MacColl

Working Class Movement Library – Extensive information on Ewan’s work in music, theatre & radio.

Toppermost – A thorough and well written overview of Ewan’s life and recordings by Andrew Shields on the excellent Toppermost blog.

Studs Terkel Radio Archives: Interviews with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger discuss Scottish Folk Music

Interviewing Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger

Interviewing Ewan MacColl in London pt 1

Interviewing Ewan MacColl in London pt 2

The Radio Ballads:

All the Radio Ballads are now available to download here: Radio Ballads on Ewan MacColl’s Bandcamp page

All the transcripts of the Radio Ballads are available via The Charles Parker Archive Trust here: Radio Ballad Transcripts

Further Information can be found on these links:

BBC information on the original Radio Ballads

About Charles Parker

The Charles Parker Archive

BBC information on the 2006 Radio Ballads

Primary Transmission by Broadcaster – Excerpts from the Radio Ballads set against a dance music backdrop

Online Discographies:

Ewan MacColl’s discography

Discography by John Ross

The Balladeers

The Jukebox Rebel

The Last Great Record – personal reviews of all Ewan’s recordings by blogger ‘The Jukebox Rebel’.

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger Archive at Ruskin College, Oxford

An archive relating to the music and work of Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger was established by Peggy Seeger at Ruskin College, Oxford, in 1991. It contains copies of most of their published recordings, together with correspondence, play scripts, photographs, videos, books and other documents and memorabilia relating to their work together, and as individual artists. There is material on the Radio Ballads and other radio and television broadcasts, the Critics Group and the Singers Club. There are playback facilities and a catalogue of the collection.

There is an online index.

The archive is open by prior appointment only. Researchers should write to:
The Librarian, Ruskin College, Oxford, OX1 2HE
telephone: 01865 554331


Books & Plays:

Journeyman: An Autobiography by Ewan MacColl
Introduction by Peggy Seeger
2009 Edition published by Manchester University Press

The Essential Ewan MacColl Songbook: Sixty Years of Songmaking
Compiled and Annotated by Peggy Seeger
Foreword by Pete Seeger
2009 Edition published by Camsco Music

Set Into Song: Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger and the Radio Ballads
By Peter Cox (2008).  Although now out of print, all the information about this remarkable book is available from the Charles Parker Archive Trust on the above link, including all the text.

Legacies of Ewan MacColl – The Last Interview
Edited by Allan F. Moore, University of Surrey, UK and Giovanni Vacca
Foreword by Peggy Seeger
2014 published by Ashgate Books

Class Act: The Cultural and Political Life of Ewan MacColl
By Ben Harker
2007 Paperback published by Pluto Press

Ewan MacColl Plays: 1
Introduced by Robert Leach
2009 Paperback
published by Methuen

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