Burke & Hare ballad sheets: 1829.
September 7, 2014 9:32 AM   Subscribe

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.
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