/ Spooky folk
I'm sure I've heard this kind of thing in the past but being unfamiliar with the genre I'm having trouble turning anything up.
There's loads. A couple that spring to mind would be The Bows of London (a sibling murder and a haunted violin, there's a good Martin Carthy version) or Lucy Wan (incest, murder and suicide - Martin Carthy again or Spiers and Boden). I'll try to dig out a few more when I get home, although I'm looking forward to other people's suggestions, cos it's all good fun.
The first album by Tunng is worth looking at as well - a sort of slightly modernised take on the style with a few electonic bleeps and clicks mixed with the spindly guitars and murder-ballad vocals...
Excellent, that sounds like just the kind of thing. I'll get listening!
Innocent's Song by Show of Hands isn't about murder as such (it's about Herrod) but is nonetheless very creepy. There must also be loads of Current 93 stuff that fits the bill, but nothing springs straight to mind.
"Henry Lee" by Nick Cave and PJ Harvey is about a murder and is apparently based on an old folk song.
A good murder song is The Kindness of Strangers by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (from the Murder Ballads album which is obviously full of, er, murder ballads...but that song is probably the best for what you want to do, even though I don't know what your project is).
Might not be "folk" enough for you though.
I imagine that Tarnation and The Walkabouts and Willard Grant Conspiracy might have some nice stuff - I'll dig some out later, good excuse for a listen :-)
Actually, come to think of it, Songs by Spiers and Boden is full of this sort of stuff. There's the aforementioned Lucy Wan plus Cruel Knife (random girlfriend murder), On Christmas Day (farmers cast down to hell for working on christmas day), Bill Brown (poacher seeks murderous revenge on gamekeeper) and Doleful Dance of Death (guess what this one's about). There's also Childe Morris (random murder, with crossdressing and lesbian overtones) and Bold Sir Rylas (ritual pig murder with supernatural bits), but if anything those two might be a bit too upbeat and bouncy for you...
It's a good album, too.
Reynardine - Fairport Convention
Loads of others by them and Steeleye Span no doubt.
> Reynardine - Fairport Convention
Come to that, the same album's got Tam Lin and Crazy Man Michael which would also seem relevant.
> Come to that, the same album's got Tam Lin and Crazy Man Michael which would also seem relevant.
For the OP, the album's Liege and Lief.
This really isnt folk, but I have a fingathing album called "And the Big Red Nebula Band", bought on a whim, which is spooky electronica (has odd space inspired back story). You can listen to snippets on amazon - I find it really unsettling. Same with the bit is the FSOL Lifeforms album where theres a voice that says "I think Im a bit afraid" "theyre drowning me"(or similar).
I'm trying to learn to write fiction. I have had ago at writing a couple of 'chillers' recently (short stories) and enjoyed them. I caught a bit of folk on the radio the other day and it occurred to me what a great source of inspiration it might be.
The wife of Ushers Well (Bellowhead have recently done a version of this)
Long Lankin (Again, a recent version by Jim Moray) - or the perils of stranger danger
Ooh that does look fun. I like those themed old compilations, I bought this last year (unrelated to OP) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-Atom-Bomb-Apocalyptic-Songs/dp/B00019FWF8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF...
I looked that up and was also quite taken with the others in the series listed below in the "Customers who bought this also bought" section. 'Kicking Hitlers Butt - Vintage Anti-Fascist Songs' has the wonderfully titled 'Praise the Lord And Pass The Ammunition'.
For the OP I think Johnny Cash's 'Long Black Veil' may fit your requirements.
Good call !
> I'm sure I've heard this kind of thing in the past but being unfamiliar with the genre I'm having trouble turning anything up.
Try the Hangman and the Papist by The Strawbs
"The Mistletoe Bough" by Yorkshire waller and singer Will Noble. Bellowhead did it on telly a couple of Christmases ago.
The Magnetic North have it in spades - Betty Corrigall. Shudder.
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