Hiram Hubbard / Hiram Hubbert

“Guerilla Warfare – Rescue of a Wounded Officer from a Band of Guerrillas” – Harper’s Weekly, December 12, 1863 Every spring, as I finish teaching my unit on the American Civil War, my colleagues and I take our 8th graders to spend three days exploring the battlefield at Gettysburg.  Of course that means … → read more

Edward / What Put the Blood? / The Blood on His Shirt Sleeve

  Cain Leadeth Abel to Death – Chromolithograph book plate, James Tissot, 1904 Note: This is Part 1 of a 4 part series – see also Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 This week we’re back in to the Child Ballads.  It’s been over a month since Ken’s last foray into this territory, so I … → read more

Matty Groves / Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard

 Allegory of Love  (panel one) – Infidelity by Paolo Veronese, ca. 1570 This is Part 1 of a three part series.  See also Part 2, and Part 3. This week we go back to Britain, to the old ballads.  Yes, it’s one of *those* songs;  “Jerry Springer meets Days of Our Lives” in merry … → read more

Bow and Balance to Me

Ok, let’s bring this one on home. In the introductory post for the week, we learned that Child 10, the ballad commonly known as “Two Sisters“, is in fact quite old, with Scandinavian roots stretching back perhaps a thousand years.  We saw great diversity among the versions we listened to, … → read more

I’ll be true unto my love…

When I was linking the lyrics for Clannad’s version of “Two Sisters” for this week’s main post, I was stumped when I saw the refrain on several sites listed as “the boys are born for me”.  I’d always heard it as “the boys are bound for me”.  So I asked … → read more

OSCAR BRAND, JEAN RITCHIE, NORRIS BENNETT & JERRY EPSTEIN SING AND CHAT ON WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS

This Sunday, November 11th, I will present a “sneak preview” of the upcoming Eisteddfod-New York Festival. This remarkable festival of traditional music will take place next weekend (November 16-18th) at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, Queens. The festival (indoors of course!) will feature numerous workshops, performances, and opportunities … → read more

PETE SEEGER TO BE A GUEST ON WFDU-FM’S TRADITIONS THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4TH

This Sunday on WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS (3 to 6pm ET), I am honored to present a conversation with Pete Seeger. The chat was recorded as part of a small press conference held last month at the Beacon Sloop Club, near Pete’s home. The club is also the home of the Woody … → read more