Burke & Hare ballad sheets: 1829.
Last month, I delivered a talk on this subject at the Edinburgh Festival's Burke & Hare day. My subject was the ballad sheets enterprising Edinburgh printers produced about Burke & Hare's 16-corpse career, which they knocked out on the night before William Burke's hanging and sold to the watching crowd next day. I've now adapted that talk into an essay
and a 45-minute YouTube video slideshow
. My talk closed with Steve Byrne from the Scottish folk band Malinky singing his own rendition of Poor Daft Jamie
, one of the 1829 ballads I'd just been discussing, for the assembled audience. You can hear a live recording of Steve's performance on Soundcloud here