"The Cruel Mother" is a dark ballad that has been around for centuries. It tells the story of an unmarried mother who kills her twin boys after they are born and buries them deep in the woods.
"In this interpretation of the traditional folk ballad a new mother takes drastic action to preserve her reputation only to be haunted by the decision she has made.
Fiona Hunter is one of Scotland’s foremost traditional singers and is fast garnering a reputation as a highly gifted song interpreter.
Fiona has been singing as part of renonwed folk song group Malinky for the best part of a decade. Her time with the group has seen them win many accolades including the prestigious Folk Band of the year award at the 2010 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Fiona has also been twice nominated in the Scots Singer of the Year category at the awards.
"Cruel Mother" is a track from Fiona’s highly anticipated debut solo album, featuring songs from her native Glasgow and beyond. The recording also features a cast of some of the finest instrumentalists currently gracing the traditional music scene, including Mike Vass, Matheu Watson, Euan Burton, Gillian Frame and some special guest vocalists."