Stagolee: A Digital Compendium – “Stagolee, he’s still alive…” The 21st Century, Part 1

This is Chapter 5 of Stagolee: A Digital Compendium.   See also Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4. Introduction The original idea for this post was to look at Stagolee in the 21st century, to see what’s happened to this ballad in our new age.  Sounds easy enough, right?  We’ve … → read more

A Warning Take by Me

This is the second post on “Maria Marten” and other songs inspired by the Red Barn Murder in Polstead, England in 1827. The first is here. The third is here. It is time for my confession.  Don’t worry. It’s nowhere near as exciting as William Corder’s. As I’ve been working through “Maria … → read more

Re-ragged in Red

Ladies in Red – Yenna Savil This is the third part of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 2. IntroductionIn our first post this week, we looked at the historical event, the murder of Patrolman James Brady by Harry Duncan in 1890 St. Louis, that inspired the … → read more

Who Weeps for the House Carpenter?

This is the second post on Child 243.  Read the first post here. The short answer is “nobody.”  Nobody weeps for the house carpenter.  In our last post, we saw how artists through the years molded and shaped the original song that is now “The Demon Lover” and “House Carpenter.” … → read more

This old hammer killed John Henry, won’t kill me

This is the second of three posts on “Swannanoa Tunnel.” You can read the first here and the third here. North Carolina-based musician and radio host Wayne Erbsen makes a curious claim in introducing his performance of “Swannanoa Tunnel” on the compilation album In the Land of the Sky:  Songs and Stories … → read more