• 1968-05-08
  • Around 25 minutes of a Night Ride, featuring session material from Shirley & Dolly Collins, poems read live in the studio by Brian Patten, a couple of BBC "Archive Things", and Peel chatting with his guests. The only commercially available track is from an obscure import album by Phil Yost, on Takoma Records, the label run by Peel favourite John Fahey[1].
  • There is a brief snippet of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien reading from his work. JP remarks that he would like to have Tolkien, then a cult figure among the hippies, as a regular guest on the programme.
  • Perhaps because the Liverpool poet Brian Patten is in the studio, JP explains how his own accent has developed, through public school, National Service and his years in the USA.
  • The John Renbourn track listed below doesn't appear on the above-mentioned recording.


  • Shirley & Dolly Collins, #1. Recorded 1968-05-07. No known commercial release. 'Over The Hills And Far Away' missing from this recording. 'God Dog'  introduced by JP as such but listed erroneously in The Peel Sessions as 'Good Dog'.



  • night ride
  • Separated into 11 tracks.
  • The recording in circulation runs a little slower than the natural speed, exaggerating the mournful quality of Shirley Collins' voice and making Brian Patten sound as if he is slurring his words.
  1. This song was written by Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band and appeared on Shirley and Dolly Collins' 1969 LP Anthems in Eden. An ISB version, with Willamson's vocal accompanied by Dolly Collins' pipe organ, was recorded in 1968 but only released in 1999 on the CD Chelsea Sessions.
  2. This was originally called The Projectionist's Nightmare, but the title was changed because Patten didn't want to give listeners nightmares at this late hour.