Ian & Sylvia - The Greenwood Sidie [HD]

  • Published on:  9/27/2016
  • Ian & Sylvia, Canadian folk and country singers, sing 'The Greenwood Sidie' from their 1963 Vanguard album 'Four Strong Winds'. This murder ballad with many British and North American variants is also known as 'The Cruel Mother' (Child #20) and has been recorded by Peggy Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and many others.

    NOTE: This is one of three versions of this song I'll be making public. The others are Peggy Seeger's 'The Cruel Mother' from the album 'The Best Of Peggy Seeger' and Joan Baez' 'The Greenwood Side' from the album 'Joan' (1967). They are very similar (I think all from the Cecil Sharp song collection) and so I used the same pictures for all three. This Ian & Sylvia version is in their dynamic style with the treatment having a "sense of mystery and eeriness" according to their liner notes. The other two have contrasting styles - all worth a listen.