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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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Jun 12, 2017

Songs inspired by real life London stories.

This episode, Infanticide & Slappy Bonita

In the 18th century everybody hated the French because, well they were French. And so tax on French products was high and this included wine and brandy. Britain had had a good couple of years of grain harvest and that combined with the introduction of a spirit by a Dutch king (his own troops used to take it into battle with them resulting the term – Dutch courage) a boom occurred in the sale of a beverage we all know and love -  Gin.

The song 'When Geneva Calls' 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.

Mar 31, 2017

Songs inspired by real life London stories.

This episode, Barflies, Bankrupts And The Open Seas.

By the mid 1800's half of Britain's Royal Navy was comprised of vagrants, layabouts and other unfortunates who simply found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their misfortune was to the Crown's benefit and all carefully overseen and delivered by the Press Gangs.

The song 'The Crown's Keep' 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.

Feb 28, 2017

Songs inspired by real life London stories.

This episode, Stepney, Toffees & Extermination.

At the turn of the century in Stepney, East London  there lived a boy named Arthur Bacon. Aurthur used to run errands for the local residents.On a street called Jubilee Street, there was a dilapidated block of flats that provided cheap lodgings, run by a Russian Jew. Arthur used to run errands for this landlord and tenents  and one day whilst doing just that, he met a big Georgian guy called Mr Ivanovic. Mr Ivanovic had just arrived from Russia and didn't really know much about life in London.

 The song 'Flowers Of Fortune' 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.

Jan 31, 2017

In this episode of Songs From The Howling Sea, we hear the story of the Resurrection Men.

By the 1800's the medical world was in crisis. A reduction in executions meant a reduction in cadavers on which to expand their knowledge. But when there is a need there is always someone willing to meet it. Enter the Resurrection Men.

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

 

 

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