The House of the Rising Sun

Happy Halloween and Old Timey Tuesday! “How,” Betsy asked herself one day, “can I combine my love of old folk tunes with my love of camp and drag?” Enter Hell in a Handbag Productions and Caitlin Rose, Robert Williams and the inimitable David Cerda. Today’s tune may be familiar to most thanks to the Animal’s classic 1964 rendition. However, the melody itself dates back to 17th century Britain. It made its way to the United States and became the song we know today. It may come as a surprise that the original American lyrics, circa 1905 or 1925 (depending on the source), were told from the perspective of a woman. We restored them in our version of “The House of the Rising Sun.”

You can see Betsy , Caitlin, Robert and David in Hell in a Handbag’s Bewitched parody, Bewildered, TONIGHT in a special Halloween performance you won’t want to miss. There’s only two weekends left to see your favorite nose-twitchin’ witches! But wait, there’s more! You can see Caitlin and Betsy in Steppenwolf’s LookOut series this December. Caitlin returns as Bette Midler in BETTE: Christmas at the Continental Baths (12/12 and 12/13), and Betsy brings the country to the city with She’s Folks Holiday Hootenanny (12/7 and 12/8). For more: She’s Folks Holiday Hootenanny will also appear at Metropolis Performing Arts Center December 12:

We’re not done yet - our new album, Elizabeth Morgan : She’s Folks releases November 14! Subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date on everything from the Folks including Old Timey Tuesdays, videos, shows and more:

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