Barbara Allen/2

As I’ve already written (here) “Barbara Allen” began as a ballad in the seventeenth century or earlier and was published and performed under many different titles, in a vast array of tunes and narrative details.The earliest text was published in London in 1690, under the title “Barbara Allen’s cruelty: or, the young-man’s tragedy”. It appeared… Read More Barbara Allen/2

Carnival

Today is the last day of Carnival, or at least it is in most of Italy …. but not in my area where it will go on until next Saturday, so our Lent will be a little shorter.In the Christian religion, Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, commemorating the 40 days Jesus spent fasting… Read More Carnival