Twinkle, twinkle, little star…

Notation of "Duncan and Brady" from Lomax and Lomax, Our Singing Country.

This is the second part of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 3. Introduction In my first post this week, I introduced the bad man ballad “Duncan and Brady” and explored the historical origin of the song.  We saw, based on extensive scholarship, that the murder of patrolman James … → read more

“Duncan and Brady” / “Been on the Job Too Long”

The Fuller Court, 1894-1895 (from the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States) So what do these nine justices of the Supreme Court have to do with murder ballads? Read on and find out!

This is the first part of a three part series.  See also Part 2 and Part 3. Introduction When I first moved to the Berkshires in 1992, I was in my early 20’s and my knowledge of American folk music extended only a step or two beyond the obvious inspirations for the music … → read more