Podcast: Pioneering Women, part 2
Episode #16-38 | airing 9-21-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we conclude our two part feature Pioneering Women in Folk Music. We’ll hear a set of Classic Blues featuring Memphis Minnie and Big Mama Thornton and more contemporary players Rory Block and Maria Muldaur. We’ll travel to the U.K. with Anne Briggs … → read more

Ballads of the Mountain Meadow Massacre, Part 2

In my last post, I looked at how – through music – people tried to make sense of the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857, in which a group of Mormon militiamen deceived and murdered 120 members of the Baker-Fancher wagon train on its way to California. In the aftermath, … → read more

Ballads of the Mountain Meadow Massacre

In September of 1857, in a meadow about 300 miles south of Salt Lake City, a group of Mormon militiamen murdered 120 people. The victims were members of the Baker-Fancher wagon train, making their way from Arkansas to California. All adults in the emigrant party were massacred, along with 37 … → read more

The Demon Lover (The House Carpenter)

This is the first of four posts on Child Ballad 243. The next three installments can be found here, here, and here. Well Met, Well Met What lengths will a singer go to in changing the song’s “facts” to keep closer to the song’s “truth”?  While I generally believe that … → read more