Podcast: Folk from the UK 101
Episode #17-30 | airing 7-26-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we continue our occasional feature exploring a specific style of music. This week we explore folk music from the UK. British folk music has been widely collected and housed in the English Folk Dance and Song Society. We’ll hear from one of … → read more

Murder Ballad Comedy, Part 5: “Marrow Bones”

“There was an old woman from Wexford…” Almost two years ago, Ken initiated an occasional series for our strange little blog wherein we explored the intersection of murder and comedy in ballads. Between his posts, mine, and Becky’s, we explored mainly 20th century examples of the phenomenon. However, at times … → read more

Podcast: For Swarb
Episode #16-25 | airing 6-22-16

We lost Dave Swarbrick on June 3rd after suffering from lung disease for many years. This week’s edition of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine is dedicated to Dave. We’ll hear Dave’s fiddling and singing in many combinations including Fairport Convention, The Ian Campbell Folk Group and with Martin Carthy. We’ll … → read more

Digging for Clues in the Fatal Flower Garden

“Fatal Flower Garden,” recorded in 1929 by Nelstone’s Hawaiians, is only the second of eighty-four songs on Harry Smith’s epochal Anthology of American Folk Music – a collection justly celebrated in some macabre corners (mine, for instance) for its songs of dark, outré subject matter and tone (e.g., Clarence Ashley’s … → read more

ALASDAIR ROBERTS: Alasdair Roberts

          Alasdair Roberts Alasdair Roberts Drag City 613 www.dragcity.com   Alasdair Roberts’ handsome Stirlingshire voice, ancient new lyrics and honed Bert Jansch-acoustic style make this a pearl of an album, as lost and found love haunts several pieces. “The Problem of Freedom” takes us through the … → read more

“Oh Father, cruel Father, you will die a public show!”

View of the Beaulieu River from the Mill House B and B, in the lowlands of Hampshire County, England (courtesy of TripAdvisor)This song makes me want to stay here and sing on this patio! Our first post this week introduced the murder ballad “Young Emily”.  It’s English and was known originally in … → read more

It’s all about a little holly bush…

Note: This is Part 2 of a 4 part series – see also Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4 We saw in the introductory post for the week that in the murder ballad “Edward“, or Child 13, at least as sung in America and Ireland the murder is sparked … → read more