The Russian folk song in the Coen brothers’ Raising Arizona

I thought it was a recent version of Stravinsky's Petrushka theme, but it turns out that Pete Seeger is the intermediary. Plus an East End Jewish version of Khachaturian's Sabre Dance. (2018/10/09)

The Singing Organ-Grinder’s tweets for September

A rubbish heap in which a Ukrainian nuclear fireman finds romance with Willie Nelson. (2018/10/01)

Hell in Cornwall, and Brisola the organ-grinder from Brisola

Two favourite anecdotes from Maisie & Evelyn Radford's musical mission to the Cornish and thence to the English. (2018/09/27)

“Organ grinders to sleep in the wash house”

How a mass-produced 1960s joke sign for bars and pubs became evidence of historical authenticity before being censured as a hate crime against tinkers and thinkers (or organ-grinders, as we are often known). (2018/09/25)

August’s tweets from London’s Singing Organ-Grinder

Bit late. Twitter trouble. Apologies for any distress caused. Money-back guarantee applies. (2018/09/09)

Burt Reynolds, the source for George Best’s account of what he did with his money?

With a early description by Arturo Barea of the railway Reynolds was filming on when he recited the immortal lines.. (2018/09/07)

Great British Blake-off

William, patron saint of hatters and well-hatted bohemians? Photographs of the crowd at the Blake Society's unveiling of a new memorial on Bunhill Fields. (2018/08/13)

In the footsteps of Spartacus

A self-guided walk from Ciampino Airport to Rome along the Appian Way. (2018/07/25)

Wilful mondegreens from the popular repertoire

Lionel Richie opens a butchery in Bradford, while Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra refuse to sell a raspberry ripple to the Archbishop of Canterbury in Jerusalem. With a generational categorisation of Millennials. (2018/07/22)

A remarkable gravestone in Waltham Forest Muslim cemetery

If tears could build a stairway / And memories a lane, / We’d walk right up to heaven / And bring you home again. (2018/07/19)