Podcast: For Swarb
Episode #16-25 | airing 6-22-16

We lost Dave Swarbrick on June 3rd after suffering from lung disease for many years. This week’s edition of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine is dedicated to Dave. We’ll hear Dave’s fiddling and singing in many combinations including Fairport Convention, The Ian Campbell Folk Group and with Martin Carthy. We’ll … → read more

Conversations with Death – 1 – “Oh, Death”

Introduction We here at Murder Ballad Monday would love every week to bring you a fully researched ‘deep dive’ into a particular ballad, but time doesn’t always allow for that, given that we don’t make a penny from this work.  Honestly, I think we’re better for it.   Keeping it … → 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

Two Sisters Redux – Part 1

detail from Twa Sisters – quilt by Dan Willig Six months ago, my first post for this blog dealt with the ancient murder ballad “Two Sisters“, also known as “Wind and Rain” as well as several other names.  I’m happy with the work I did then, but as with any first attempt … → read more

Mother’s Malison/Clyde Water/Drowned Lovers

The River Clyde “Mother’s Malison” (Child 216) If the first song discussed in this blog was about the potentially dire consequences of following the counsel of one’s parents instead of the counsel of one’s heart, this week we’ll show just how dangerous the opposite course can be.  This week we’ll take … → read more