This is my first blog, so please bear with me. I am the guitarist in the band ‘earth’. I will be doing a new solo album based on my interest in early modern (15th-18th century) cunning-folk and the fairy-faith. I was led here by an experience in Camden Town December 7th of 2010. Much later I learned that the site (tube station and associated crossroads) was occulturally significant. The Worlds End and its associated club the Underworld, which we previously played in 2009, was the site of an inn Mother Red Cap, named for a local cunning-woman/witch’s house(Mother Damnable,Jinny Bingham), also the area was forest and fields crossed by the Fleet River(now London’s main sewer)and that in front of what is now the tube station was a gibbet for hanging/displaying the bodies of highwaymen/criminals. 4 of the main ingredients for a fairy encounter-liminal water boundaries/crossroads/the dead and dying/magical practitioners past and present, add someone of scotch/english descent facing a life threatening illness, and something happens. Sorry new-age types, no gossamer winged things a la tinker bell and puerile Cottingley fairy photo style tweeness.
Addendum: The earliest literary source I was able to track down for the Jinny Bingham story, appears to be a book by Bram Stoker from 1910, ‘Famous Impostors’.