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Song: “Booth Shot Lincoln”

I first heard this sung by Tom Gibney, traditional singer and all-round excellent person, a couple of years before his death in 2005. Here’s a recording of his version of the ballad “Hind Horn”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5USN8G7vso8 (Tom performed alongside traditional song sensations David Jones and Heather Wood, as a group called Poor Old Horse. They made […]

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Song: “Die Gedanken Sind Frei”

“Die Gedanken sind frei” means “Thoughts are free.” This is a German song dating back to the 1780s. It was often sung or recited by people in the German anti-Nazi resistance in World War II. In 1942, Sophie Scholl played the tune of this song on her flute, outside the prison where her father had […]

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Song: “The Captain With His Whiskers”

I learned this from singer/historian/radio host/all-round cool person Judy Cook, whose way of doing it has been delighting me for years. Everyone interested in traditional singing should check out her work. This song was first written by Thomas Haynes Bayly [aka Bayley] (words) and Sidney Nelson (music), in 1831, though their original doesn’t mention the […]

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Song: “There’s A Long, Long Trail A-Winding”

This song was written in the US, by Yale students Zo Elliott (music and lyrics) and Stoddard King (lyrics) in 1913. Elliott subsequently went to Trinity College in Cambridge (UK), and managed to have the song published, with his mother covering half the initial cost. The song became a huge sensation with the British army […]

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Storytelling: Featured Teller at The Story Space, 2017

On the evening of Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, I had the honor of being Featured Teller at The Story Space. Renowned storyteller Doria Hughes was my videographer.

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