The South East London Folklore Society are delighted to start 2016 with a bang with a talk from Paul Slade on murder ballads.
Cheerfully vulgar and revelling in gore, murder ballads are tabloid newspapers set to music, carrying word of the latest ‘orrible murders to an insatiable public. Victims are bludgeoned, stabbed or shot in every verse and killers often hanged, but the songs themselves never die. Instead, they mutate –
morphing to suit local place names as they criss cross the Atlantic (often beginning life in Britain) and continue to fascinate each generation’s biggest musical stars. Journalist Paul Slade traces this fascinating genre’s history via its greatest songs
Slade investigates real-life murders which inspired well-known
ballads and uncovers many startling new facts about them.
This talk will appeal to fans of folklore, music and true crime & will cover subjects from the critically acclaimed book of the same title published in November 2015
“Compulsive stuff.” – Ian Anderson, fRoots
“Fantastic” Dave Henderson, Mojo
Naturally the book will be on sale at the talk.
The talk is in the upstairs room of The Old King’s Head, off Borough High Street. Entrance is an extremely civilized £3/1.50concs