A Winchester native will be included in a documentary focused on rock and roll artists that impacted the world with their music.
When some people think about rock and roll artists, Patsy Cline isn’t one of the first names that come to mind. But to Ralph McLean and Ricky Warwick, she was as rock and roll as the rest.
“You can see it in the way that she performs and the real punch and drive Patsy Cline has, so she might not be the most obvious rock and roll star, but she’s got rock and roll attitude.” BBC Presenter McLean said.
“For women she was very strong, she did everything on her own terms, and what’s not rock and roll about that? musician Warick said.
Mclean and Warwick are on what they call, one very exciting road trip, that has lead them from Ireland to Winchester, Virginia. They have been commissioned by BBC to make a one hour documentary about the roots of rock and roll, where they explore connections between Ireland and Scotland and music history
“All of the immigrants and the people who have traveled here and the settlers who came here, and brought their music and their passion for music and their instruments.” McLean says.
Cline who is of English and Scottish descent has received various awards including being voted in the top 15 of 100 greatest women in rock and roll. Warwick says he knew she had to be a part of their documentary.
“We just thought, let’s go and get to the heart of this and find out what’s this all about, how much of an influence did the Scots-Irish have on popular rock and roll,” Warwick said.
The two toured Cline’s old home on Winchester’s Kent street, and got to learn more about the artist that Warwick says helped inspire him to get into music over 30 years ago.
“This girl from Winchester is being played in East Belfast and northern Ireland,” he said.
The house’s manager Teresa Wright says Patsy Cline’s legacy and the home brings thousand of visitors to the area each year, so she was excited but not surprised when she heard that BBC would be stopping in.
“Growing up I always knew Patsy Cline came from my home town and I was always very proud of that, but I didn’t realize the impact that she was having on the rest of the world,” Wright said.
McLean and Warwick will be visiting Mississippi, Tennessee, and California as they continue to work on that documentary.