Watch Elbow’s Guy Garvey Gainfully Cover Ewan MacColl’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Apr 24th, 2015 in Music

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Ewan MacColl was a seminal British folk singer, songwriter, communist, labor activist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer.  Amongst many great songs MacColl wrote (including Dirty Old Town, covered so well by The Pogues and many others), he wrote The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (made famous by Roberta Flack).  MacColl was recently (what took so long?) inducted into the BBC Folk Awards Hall of Fame, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey was there to render an evocative reading of the song, joined by Ewan MacColl’s sons Calum MacColl and Neill MacColl, and daughter-in-law Kate St. John, plus Duncan Lyall on bass and Harry Mead on percussion.  Check the stirring performance out below.

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