, the first album by Cruel Sister English folk group Rachel Unthank and the Winterset (later to become The Unthanks) was released on 11 May 2005 and launched at [1 ] Holmfirth Folk Festival.  It received support from a number of DJs on [2 ] BBC Radio 2 and was subsequently awarded Folk Album of the Year by . MOJO magazine [3 ]
"Cruel Sister", the song which provides the title for the album, is a traditional ballad (known in some versions as "
The Twa Sisters)". It tells the story of the violent rivalry between two sisters for the love of a knight. One of the sisters murders her sibling, whose bones and hair are turned into a harp by a passing musician. [4 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"On a Monday Morning" (
Cyril Tawney, arranged by Rachel and Becky Unthank/ Belinda O'Hooley) "January Man" (
Dave Goulder, arranged by Rachel Unthank) "
Fair Rosamund" (Traditional, arranged by Rachel Unthank/Belinda O'Hooley) "
Cruel Sister" (Traditional, arranged by Rachel Unthank) "Rap Her to Bank" (Traditional, arranged by Becky Unthank)
"Raven Girl" (Unknown/Ester Watson)
"Twenty Long Weeks" (
Alex Glasgow, arranged by Rachel and Becky Unthank/Belinda O'Hooley) "
The Fair Flower of Northumberland" ( Roud 25, Child 9), (Traditional, arranged by Rachel Unthank) "The Greatham Calling on Song" (Traditional, arranged by Rachel and Becky Unthank)
Riverman" ( Nick Drake, published by Island, arranged by Rachel and Becky Unthank) "
Bonny at Morn" (Traditional, arranged by Rachel Unthank) "John Dead" (Traditional, arranged by Rachel and Becky Unthank)
"Troubled Waters" (
Matt McGinn, arranged by Rachel and Becky Unthank)
Personnel [ edit ]
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
Ben Green – voice
Bryony Griffith – fiddle
Kevin Hall – voice
Will Hampson –
melodeon Beth Hardy – voice
Mike Hockenhull – banjo
David Kotsky – guitar
Adrian McNally – guitar, voice
Colin Mather – voice
Rosie Morton –
clarsach Brian Pearce – voice
Chris Sherburn – concertina
Julian Sutton – melodeon
George Unthank – voice
Mat Unthank – voice
Pat Unthank – voice
John Winton – voice
Production [ edit ]
The album was produced and recorded by Adrian McNally and mixed and mastered at Panda Studios. The sound engineer was
Oliver Knight. [1 ]
Album cover [ edit ]
The album cover, which was illustrated by Becky Unthank, incorporated photographs by Stephen Redfearn and Adrian McNally.
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