10 May 2015

The Cruel Mother

The Cruel Mother is a murder ballad which has been doing the rounds for centuries.  It tells the story of an unmarried mother who kills her twin boys after they are born and buries them deep in a wood.  Yet this is not the last time that she will meet her sons… Animated by Gavin C Robinson and beautifully sung by Fiona Hunter, one of Scotland’s foremost traditional singers, this is entrancingly dark.