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Songs From The Howling Sea

Songs From The Howling Sea is a podcast that presents short historical tales taken from the life of London. Each episode's story is accompanied with a song inspired by the tale, written and performed by the author R.M Anderson.
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Dec 23, 2016

It seems that everywhere, holly is synonymous with peace, love and Christmas cheer. Everywhere that is except London's Old East End where for some, it mean a long cold walk and a good firm thrashing.

The song 'Holly, Green Holly!' inspired by this tale and included in this episode, is available for free download at www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com

The video accompanying this story can be found at the Songs From The Howling Sea YouTube channel.

Dec 9, 2016

Whilst I'm sure you, the listener, have plenty of your own first date horror stories, we have to spare a thought for their those poor souls, the girls who would work the streets and alleyways of London's old East End. For many of those girls this was the result of a date gone wrong.

The song 'Desire' inspired by this tale and included in this episode, is available for free download at www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com

The video accompanying this story can be found at the Songs From The Howling Sea YouTube channel.

Nov 24, 2016


The daily grind of a 9-to-5 job can easily disappear into a sludge of mind numbing tasks and brain-dead monotony. But every now and again this life sentence can be interrupted by a freak occurrence or grim discovery. And I'm  not talking about a stubborn deposit in the Men's.  Maybe you arrive at work to find someone has hacked into your email account, or nicked your staple remover to pedicure their toenails, or you find a rotting corpse on your desk wrapped in chains with a stake driven through its heart. No? Well it  happened to some workmen in 1886.

 The song 'Judgement Day' inspired by this tale and included in this episode, is available for free download at www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com

The video accompanying this story can be found at the Songs From The Howling Sea YouTube channel.

Nov 16, 2016

Bible bashers. Mildly annoying at parties when hijacking conversations with inane debates as to whether God could create a rock he couldn't lift, and downright dangerous when employed to oversee the foreign policy of the richest nation on earth.

But whether you're in or out, whether you love them or hate them, whether you've turned from your life to follow Jesus or whether the only Jew that's made you want to turn from life is Bette Midler halfway through 'Wind Beneath My Wings', you can't deny the impact of General William Booth. A man who gave a damn but didn't give an inch. And all started outside the Blind Beggar Pub in Whitechapel, London.

 The song 'Wounded Shoes' inspired by this tale and included in this episode, is available for free download at www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com

The video accompanying this story can be found at the Songs From The Howling Sea YouTube channel.

Nov 8, 2016

In this episode of Songs From The Howling Sea, we hear the story of Mary East, the Female Husband Of Poplar.

Mary was a normal girl. She had a boyfriend and, perhaps like one of your ex-lovers, this man like to dress up in masks and make strange demands. He was however a  Highwayman whose career was cut short on receiving a one way trip to Australia. Mary East vowed at that point to never to love another man again. So she loved a woman instead..

The song 'Backwards' inspired by this tale and included in this episode, is available for free download at www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com

The video accompanying this story can be found at the Songs From The Howling Sea YouTube channel.

 

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