The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth

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The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth
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Studio album by Skyclad
Released 17 October 1991
Recorded Jacobs Studios, Surrey England
Genre Folk metal, thrash metal
Length 46:47[1]
Label Noise
Producer Skyclad, Kevin Ridley
Skyclad chronology
The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth
A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth is the debut album by British folk metal group Skyclad, and is regarded as one of the first folk metal albums, with the track "The Widdershins Jig" in particular pointing the way for the genre. Front cover artwork is by Garry Sharpe-Young.

Track listing[edit]

  • All lyrics by Martin Walkyier. All music as noted under "Writer(s)". (Published by Dark Wings.)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Sky Beneath My Feet"   Steve Ramsey 5:41
2. "Trance Dance (A Dreamtime Walkabout)"   Ramsey, Graeme English 5:29
3. "A Minute's Piece"   English 1:10
4. "The Widdershins Jig"   Ramsey 3:40
5. "Our Dying Island"   Ramsey 7:07
6. "Intro: Pagan Man"   Ramsey 1:00
7. "The Cradle Will Fall"   Ramsey 6:26
8. "Skyclad"   Ramsey 5:01
9. "Moongleam and Meadowsweet"   English 4:35
10. "Terminus"   Ramsey 6:38


Additional musicians
  • Joe "Guido" Caprani - vocals on track 1
  • Dominic Miller - classical guitar lead on track 9
  • Mike Evans - fiddle
  • Rog Patterson - keyboards, piccolo


  1. ^ The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth. Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  2. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth. Allmusic. Retrieved 10 April 2008.