To roam all alone on the shore

This is the third of three posts on the ballad “Bold William Taylor.”  Read the first post here, and the second post here.Those of you who have been following my posts for a while may have noticed that I tend to pursue a few tangents by the end of my … → read more

Gun and pistol she commanded

(photo by K. Bigger) This is our second post on the ballad “Bold William Taylor.”  To read the first post, click here.When is a murder ballad not a murder ballad?The performance that brought “William Taylor” back to my attention (acknowledging that I had heard it before on Bill Jones’s Panchpuran) … → read more

Bold William Taylor

Illustration from “Billy Taylor” broadside “The Tragedy of the Press-Gang:  A True and Lamentable Ballad call’d Billy Taylor, shewing the fatal effects of Inconstancy.” Transvestism!  Seafaring!  Betrayal!  Murder! In my last full week of posts, I explored “The Demon Lover” or “The House Carpenter.”  In the original, that song is … → read more