The Cruel Mother

from by Hannah Sanders

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Here is another Child Ballad (20), and a supernatural murder ballad. I have sung several versions of this song for 20 years and have come to understand it with deeper resonance now I am a mother. Its stark treatment of a difficult subject (infanticide) is inscribed upon the back drop of a mother in distress, an early recognition of PPD perhaps. All in all a powerful song that is both fascinating and terrible to sing and to listen to.


from Warning Bells, released March 6, 2013



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Hannah Sanders Cambridge, UK

Traditional and newly penned songs sung simply with guitar and dulcimer. Less me, more song.

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