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Mad Tom of Bedlam

by Stray Hens

This arrangement was begun by Stray Hens own Mandy Connell, with Iain MacRae & Frank Lees (Tully on Tully) In Stray Hens prototype Saffron Avenue in 2011.

The basic melody is attributed to a 1960's repertoire from Nic Jones and Dave Moran, who recorded it in 2005, and features a long drum break, utilising found objects, by Ryan Tews.

Also known by many other names, Mad Tom of Bedlam was famously recorded by Jolie Holland, and this is the track that inspired Mandy to learn the song. Interestingly, this modern arrangement also disqualified Mandy from various events in the UK folk scene.