Boiled in Lead is a world music band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They formed in 1983, going through a number of membership changes over the years. They continue to perform today, most notably each Saint Patrick's Day at First Avenue.
The band's name comes from these lyrics:
In a circle of stones they placed the pot,
In a circle of stones, but barely nine
They heated it red and fiery hot
'Till the burnished brass did glimmer and shine.
They rolled him up in a sheet of lead
A sheet of lead for a funeral pall.
They plunged him in the cauldron red,
Melted him, lead and bones and all.
At the Skelf Hill the cauldron still
The men of Liddesdale can show
And on the spot where they placed the pot
The grasses they will never grow.
This is Leyden's ballad of "Lord Soulis" as recounted in Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain, recorded by Boiled in Lead on their first album, Boiled in Lead, as "The Man Who Was Boiled in Lead".
Their first album contained primarily traditional music, much of it Celtic, as well as a cover of "Over Under Sideways Down" by The Yardbirds. With the addition of Robin "Adnan" Anders on drum set and percussion in 1986, the band's sound changed: not only did their repertoire include a wider variety of traditional music (African, Hungarian, Serbian, Egyptian, Swedish, Macedonian and Turkish for example) as well as original songs written by band members and even by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple's mother, but the music came to draw stylistically from other sounds. (The band recognized this, their third album having a note on the back saying "File Under: Celtodelic Rock 'n' Reel".)