Ralph McTell

A singer-songwriter of international acclaim, Ralph McTell is the composer of the Ivor Novello award winning, international hit song (and buskers favourite) Streets of London.

One of the great storytellers, McTell is now celebrating more than 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he invites listeners into a unique world where he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.

In recognition of his achievements, McTell was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2002.

Having toured widely across the UK in 2022, McTell will be touring Ireland in late 2023.


Streets of London

Song by Ralph McTell
Written by: Ralph McTell

In the all night café
At a quarter past eleven
Same old man
Sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his teacup
Each tea lasts an hour
And he wanders home alone
So, how can you tell me you’re lonely?
Don’t say for you that the sun don’t shine
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you through the streets of London
Show you something to make you change your mind


Painting and hand-signed scratchplate by Ralph McTell.
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