David Attenborough in Alexandra Palace - 1953

from Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster, page 28:


Alan [Lomax] had discovered that one of the best of the Irish traditional fiddlers, Michael O’Gorman, was at the time working as a porter at Paddington.  Old, grizzled, he charmed viewers by explaining that he might not be able to perform his first few pieces as well as he would have wished because his hands were still a bit stiff from carrying baggage, but he would warm up as he went along – and then played a series of reels and jigs at dazzling speed. 

cite as

David Attenborough, Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster (London, 2009), p. 28. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1459199361835 accessed: 16 April, 2024

location of experience: Alexandra Palace


David Attenborough
naturalist, TV presenter, TV producer

Listening to

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Irish melodies
written by Traditional
performed by Michael Ogorman

Experience Information

Date/Time 1953
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


David Attenborough produced Song Hunter, a series of programmes about folk music, for BBC TV in 1953. In this account he describes hearing the music live, as he was in the studio, but the song would, of course, have been heard by a wider audience as it was broadcast. Alan Lomax presented the series.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:09:22 +0100
Approved on Sun, 08 May 2016 11:45:28 +0100