Thanks to the lovely Janice Long who played ‘First Time Ever’ by Broadcaster featuring Peggy Seeger twice on her BBC Radio 2 show last week. As well as giving a lot of background about the track, she said: “It’s a fantastic track, I love it.”
And Chris Hawkins at 6 Music has said that he’ll be playing it a lot in July on his morning show. We’re very happy about that.
Even for a genre-defying experimental musician like Broadcaster, reinventing a classic song is nothing if not challenging. When you’re working with folk legend Peggy Seeger for whom the song was written, Broadcaster could have been forgiven for avoiding it altogether.
‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ was originally written by Ewan MacColl for the 21-year-old Peggy in the early days of their courtship. In the intervening 55 years, it has been covered by over 60 artists from Roberta Flack and Elvis, to Johnny Cash and Leona Lewis. Peggy regularly sings it at her concerts, but she was open to new ideas and the result is the single First Time Ever (out July 2nd), with Peggy’s poignant vocals laid against dub, groove and techno beats.
Add an inventive and original video into the mix and this is the amazing result: