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Performance: Prairie Women

Laura Ingalls Wilder is famed for her youth spent in the westward expansion of the US, and for her Little House on the Prairie book series about that time. She had a life full of songs and music which appear in her books as characters’ comments on the action, and as part of their joy […]

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Performance: Weird New England

The Devil walks abroad in Massachusetts – in fact, he comes into your living room and makes you a deal you can’t refuse. False lights burn on the coast, wrecking Boston-bound ships by night. The Knights Templar, the ancient Egyptians, and the monks of medieval Ireland build towers in New Hampshire and entomb their dead […]

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Performance: Villains!

An evening of songs, ballads and stories with happy endings. Or baffling outcomes. Or endings where rocks fall and everyone dies. These tales are all united by villainy, as April presents the audience with a feast of stories about awful people, the harm they do, and those who sometimes defy them. The villain isn’t always […]

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Song: “Rachel Wall’s Last Good-Night”

I wrote this song in honor of Rachel Wall, pirate, murderer, thief, and half of the cutest couple in the history of seafaring serial killers. The tune is my own adaptation, based on “The Bold Soldier” as sung by Lena Bourne Fish. Rachel Wall was hanged at Boston, on October 8, 1789, aged about twenty-nine. […]

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Song: “The Concrete Frog Murder” (co-authored with Katherine Nehring)

“The Concrete Frog Murder” was written in 2016 in about thirty minutes’ time, during a camping trip with my friend Katherine Nehring. It was based on a true story from earlier that year, which we had seen reported in the late, lamented comment section of The Toast. We composed the lyrics so quickly, and cooperated […]

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