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Louis Barabbas looses The Tell-Tale Hound
Still from The Tell Tale Hound

Louis Barabbas' The Tell-Tale Hound

Dark folk troubadour Louis Barabbas is celebrating a month of 'dog days' with the launch of an animated version of his song, The Tell-Tale Hound.

The fans' favourite tells the ill-fated story of a love triangle between a man, a woman and an eternally panting dog.

Louis said 6 July was the ideal date as "according to The Book Of Common Prayer, that's when the 'Dog Daies' begin."

The video has been made by filmmaker Sam Alder and animator Scott Lockhart.

In his usual showman-like way, Louis has chosen to release it on the first of the summer's 'Dog Days', which he said fit in with the spirit of the track perfectly.

"Dog Days or dies caniculares are the hottest, most sultry days of Summer and were popularly believed to be an evil time 'when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid', according to Brady's Clavis Calendarium.

Louis Barabbas
Almost three years after it first emerged from its kennel, we are giving The Tell-Tale Hound its very own show
Louis Barabbas

"The Old Farmer's Almanac states that these are the days of the year when moisture is at its lowest.

"So when better then to tell a tale set in 'a dirty old town where it always rains' as it says in the lyrics?"

He added that the song, which featured on his debut album, Found Drowned, was chosen to be animated because it has "taken on a force all of its own [and] it's reached the point where the song plays us, rather than the other way around."

Sam, who also runs film company Plastic Zoo and is one of the founders of Manchester Scenewipe, said that just like Louis, he found that working with the song for a long period meant that it took on a life of its own.

"It's been a lot of fun but I see what Louis means; that dog really latches onto you - it burrows down into your brain like it's sniffing out some long-buried bone.

"Scott and I got kind of obsessed with that dog… it got scary."

Louis agreed that the dog has got a little bit frightening but that he and his backing band, The Bedlam Six, wouldn't have it any other way.

"We're not complaining, we love it.

"That's why now, almost three years after it first emerged from its kennel, we are giving The Tell-Tale Hound its very own show."

The video collaboration is not the first time Louis and Sam have worked together.

Sam filmed Louis and his backing band for his Scenewipe project back in and recently provided illustrations for a book of Barabbas' collected lyrics entitled 'Love, Sighs, Regrets and Goat'.

The Tell-Tale Hound video is the first in a series of events that are being put together by Louis in the build up to the book's publication.

Love, Sighs, Regrets and Goat is published by The Tragically Flawed Press later in the year.

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