“Oh Father, cruel Father, you will die a public show!”

View of the Beaulieu River from the Mill House B and B, in the lowlands of Hampshire County, England (courtesy of TripAdvisor)This song makes me want to stay here and sing on this patio! Our first post this week introduced the murder ballad “Young Emily”.  It’s English and was known originally in … → read more

Gun and pistol she commanded

(photo by K. Bigger) This is our second post on the ballad “Bold William Taylor.”  To read the first post, click here.When is a murder ballad not a murder ballad?The performance that brought “William Taylor” back to my attention (acknowledging that I had heard it before on Bill Jones’s Panchpuran) … → read more

Bold William Taylor

Illustration from “Billy Taylor” broadside “The Tragedy of the Press-Gang:  A True and Lamentable Ballad call’d Billy Taylor, shewing the fatal effects of Inconstancy.” Transvestism!  Seafaring!  Betrayal!  Murder! In my last full week of posts, I explored “The Demon Lover” or “The House Carpenter.”  In the original, that song is … → read more