Podcast: Accordion Awareness Month
Episode #17-26 | airing 6-28-17

This week on The Sing Out Radio Magazine we celebrate Accordion Awareness Month. The month long celebration was created to promote one of the most versatile of instruments. We’ll hear players and music from the world over including the band Phonix from Denmark, Pekka Pentikainen & Antii Soininen from Finland … → read more

Podcast: Sandy Denny
Episode #17-05 | airing 2-01-17

Island Records has recently released a 2-CD set of acoustic demos and outtakes by Sandy Denny. Sandy passed in 1978 and this new collection is fascinating as we hear selections recorded before and after her tenures with Fairport Convention. We’ll also hear selections from her short time with The Strawbs … → read more

Suffer Little Children: The Moors Murders in Memory & Song

Suffer Little Children

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto to me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 19:14 This post looks at a pair of songs inspired by memories of one of postwar Britain’s most infamous crimes … Over the moor Oh, … → read more

Podcast: Should Auld Aquaintence
Episode #15-53 | airing 12-30-15

Let’s ring in the New Year in fashion with some delighful tunes and celebration! LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1553_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . This episode is brought to you by Terry Kitchen’s Post-American Century Artist / “Title” / CD / Label Pete Seeger / … → read more

Never Again: Redemption, Loss, & Wrecks on the Highway (Part 2)

To good and true love fear is forever fixed. — Rabelais This is the second of a two-part look at songs (“Wreck on the Highway” and “Percy’s Song”) about road crashes and their aftermath … Bad News In one of the most memorable sequences in Don’t Look Back, D. A. … → read more

Podcast: Name That Tune
Episode #15-38 | airing 9-16-15

Bert Jansch

I am very fond of music that pushes the envelope, that is I enjoy when musicians leave their comfort zone and take their music in new directions. This week’s program is entitled Name That Tune and features players who are not afraid to try new and exciting things. The program … → read more

RICHARD THOMPSON: Acoustic Classics

Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics

          Richard Thompson Acoustic Classics Beeswing 002 www.richardthompson-music.com   An entire studio album of Richard Thompson re-imagining a batch of his songs as acoustic performances is truly way overdue. The program is drawn from his entire post-Fairport Convention career both solo and with Linda Thompson from … → read more

Guns are the Tongues, pt 2: “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”

“I think there are shades of political songs; some are more subtle and can be more effective for being subtle, for being more metaphorical. I’ve written a lot of songs like that, where it’s not really clear if it’s a war song or a relationship song. The metaphor can be … → read more

Pat’s Essential Eleven Non-Traditional Murder Ballads

Introduction A few weeks back I assembled a list of my ‘essential eleven’ traditional murder ballads.  While we here at Murder Ballad Monday usually delve deeply into one ballad or theme, we saw some possible value in a lighter ‘list-based’ approach from time to time.  Judging from reader response to … → read more