Before I started working with Tom I was performing most of the songs that would end up on the album. One song that didn’t, for one reason or another, is ‘The Murder in the Red Barn’. It is one of my absolute favourite traditional songs. The murderer William Corder laments his fate and although the song has its embellishments it tells the true story of Maria Marten’s murder and where her body was discovered. What the song doesn’t tell you is that William Corder’s trial was in Bury st Edmunds, Suffolk and that his hanging attracted huge crowds. The Moyse’s Hall museum in Bury has Corder’s death mask, a piece of his dried ear and a copy of his trial bound in his own skin.
Here is a recording Tom made of a solo gig at the Portland Arms, Cambridge. The gig was a fund raiser for the Strawberry Fair. – NR
Murder in the Red Barn ( Live)