Since the launch of Sherlock Holmes In Song a few weeks ago we have had lots of fans commentating on the unique format - songs created for all the Conan Doyle stories. Many have asked if it's possible to listen to what the songs sound like - well, author Jim Ballinger has helpfully recorded the songs and loaded them up on the YouTube channel - Sherlock Songs. Here for example is number 26 - The Dancing Men.
The book contains both the lyrics to the songs and the sheet music so you can have a go yourselves.
(picture thanks to David Marcum)
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Have you ever arrived at a Sherlockian meeting having not read the story of the day? What you need is a 3-minute synopsis. In verse. With music. That very solution is in your hands.
Jim Ballinger began writing folk songs about each of the Sherlock Holmes stories in 1981 and performing them at meetings of the Bootmakers of Toronto with accompaniment on his guitar. After a hiatus or two, the project was completed with the sixtieth song in 2017. The lyrics and notation of the original music are included in this volume, edited by Mark Alberstat.
The music encompasses a variety of styles from generic trad rock or folk rock to Victorian music hall, Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs, sea shanty (Black Peter), rhumba (The Dancing Men, The Sussex Vampire), bouzouki (The Greek Interpreter), country and western (The Three Garridebs), military band (The Naval Treaty), rugby song (The Missing Three-Quarter), and drinking song (The Six Napoleons). There’s even some tasteful yodeling at the Reichenbach Falls in The Final Problem, and The Creeping Man strays dangerously close to punk rock. Other influences include Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer and Gordon Lightfoot.
Videos of the songs are posted on the YouTube channel Sherlock Songs.
Jim Ballinger, MBt, is a retired radiopharmaceutical scientist and amateur musician who has lived in Canada and Britain. Indeed, for 14 years he lived 10 km south of 221B Baker Street. He is a member of the Bootmakers of Toronto, Spence Munros of Halifax, and Sherlock Holmes Society of London.
Mark Alberstat, MBt, is a Sherlockian/Doylean writer with a special interest in sport and is co-editor of Canadian Holmes, the quarterly journal of the Bootmakers of Toronto. He is the founder of the Spence Munros of Halifax and a member of the Bootmakers of Toronto, Baker Street Irregulars and a few other Sherlockian societies.