Katy Dear

Ian & Sylvia Tyson In this week’s second post, we’re going to give a relatively quick listen to “Katy Dear.” It’s in the same song family as “Silver Dagger,” although with a different focus and a more gruesome end. The key differences between the two are that “Katy Dear” is … → read more

Down in the Willow Garden

“Down in the Willow Garden” brings us a tune with slightly different roots, and an interesting story about branches.  It’s the first ballad we’ve taken up with distinctively Irish origins.  For our first post this week, we’ll introduce the ballad a bit, with some of its earliest recorded performances, and … → read more