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ABC had made Hullaballo, featuring some of the finest British and visiting American folk and blues artists, but strangely the BBC had held back on making something similar until Hullabaloo had come to an end, ABC probably sensing that interest in the genre was fading.

The producers of the new BBC show went about hiring a regular group and build the show around them, but despite it being recorded at an Edinburgh jazz club a Scottish folk group The Corries Folk Trio and Paddie Bell were chosen with local and visiting acts added to each show.

Despite the nature of the venue it kept itself to purely British and Irish folk and didn't invite blues, calypso or any other cultures, despite the promise from the Radio Times of "folk music from all over the world". However, later in its run Californian Julie Felix joined the show for several weeks.

An early evening spot would guarantee a big audience and a six-month run suggests it popularity.



6th January 1964 - 15th June 1964