Murder ballads: on record, no one can hear your (female) victims scream

There is a long history of murder ballads in folk music and its offshoots. These are songs in which people get killed – deaths born of rage, drunkenness, avarice, mistaken identity… The list goes on.

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Dublin: Corn Potato String Band, 14 October 2015

A chance encounter with the Corn Potato String Band in Dublin in mid-October 2015. Dublin was cold and damp, the Corn Potato String Band were dry and warm. And they know what they're doing with fiddles.

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Cork: The Ovens, 18 October 2014

A group of three men in a pub in Cork were playing tunes fast, quite possibly faster than I'd ever heard anyone play tunes before. A man at the bar informed me that this was Donegal style: "the further north you go, the faster it gets".

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