CRUEL MOTHER, THE

Latest update on 03/02/2016

Artist: James Chisholm
Author: traditional
Year: 1918

Tune collected by Cecil Sharp in Virginia, lyrics collected on the British isles as Child ballad #20. Northumbrian ballad The Cruel Sister is melodically related, at least Rachel Unthank & The Winterset's version is ('05). See: Two Sisters.

Covers:

1950:

Cecilia Costello [Peter Kennedy recording in Birmingham, England]

1954:

Thomas Moran [Seamus Ennis recording in Co. Leitrim, Ireland]

1955:

Duncan Burke [as The Dry Well; Peter Kennedy & Hamish Henderson recording in Perth, Scotland]

1956:

Ewan MacColl

1959:

Shirley Collins

1964:

Ian & Sylvia [as The Greenwood Side]

1964:

Judy Collins

1964:

A.L. Lloyd

1967:

Hedy West

1970:

Dave & Toni Arthur

1977:

Martin Carthy

1989:

Steeleye Span

2003:

June Tabor

Sinéad O'Connor workes the same feeling of guilt in her Three Babies on I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got ('89).

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