(The Articles from the Newsletters can be found in the Archive: see below)
- Who was Barbara Allan? (January, 2003)
- Why did Stenka Razin drown his beloved new bride? (November, 2002)
- A Californian Gold Rush song from the Hanseatic Port of Hamburg? (September, 2002)
- Robert Burns wrote a poem about a man called McPherson (the robber
son of a nobleman and a gypsy girl), who had a 6 foot long sword and
played the violin. The sword still exists, but McPherson played his violin
to the crowd and then smashed it just before he was hanged.
- The modern violin is a direct descendant of the bowed rebec.
- Who were the Shakers? What were their "Simple Gifts"? (July, 2002)
- Why should "Amazing Grace" be harmonized using pentatonic harmony (February, 2004)
and why should "Santa Lucia" be harmonized using mainly
3rds and 6ths, rather than 3rds and 5ths?
- What is a Scotch Snap? What is an Hungarian Snap? (No, they're not
something to eat! ...But I found a good recipe for Brandy Snaps!) (June, 2002)
- Which 16th Century English Christmas Carol ends on a Tierce de
Picardie? (What is a Tierce de Picardie?)
- Which Bell called Dick Whittington back to become Lord Mayor of London?
(Yes, it' a true story! He was Lord Mayor four times.) (March, 2003)
- What happened Nine Miles from Gundagai? Where is Gundagai? (September, 2003)
- Which tune is (notoriously) played by a bagpiper with a hangover?
- Why did 18th century milkmaids have such beautiful complexions,
while society ladies often did not? (May, 2003)
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