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Strange Familiars - Episode 12: Blind Joe Parsons

In Episode 12 we present the story of a piece of history nearly lost; we talk about antique photography; we hear about a blind hero of the Civil War who became an amazing horse trainer; we learn the value of research; tell about a trip to the Antiques Roadshow; and talk about some interesting synchronicities…. or maybe just wondrous coincidences.


Episode 12 notes and links:

Blind Joe Parsons – the tintype image as we found it.

Illustration from a newspaper article showing Joe Parsons on the battlefield.

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Intro and background music by Stone Breath – which is our band. You can find more at

The song which closes the episode in Hymn to the Angelus II by The Forest Beggars (with Stone Breath) – words by E.A. Poe, music by Forest Beggars. This song is available on CD only – from Virgo, Mater, Domina – a bonus disc which comes with the 2CD  and box set version of Stone Breath‘s The Shepherdess and the Bone-White Bird which is available at this link: