Willie's Lady

by Rachel Sumner

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"Willie's Lady" comes from a collection of texts called Child Ballads. Scottish folksinger Ray Fisher took the text from the 6th Child Ballad and set it to the tune of a Cape Breton drinking song, "Son Ar Chistr," or "The Song of Cider." She taught it to the legendary balladeer Martin Carthy, who then recorded and released a version on his album 'Crown of Horn' in 1976. In 2013, Anais Mitchell released a version of her own with updated language that was easier for modern ears to follow. My arrangement picks and chooses elements from both of these versions and then mixes them with a hint of a bluegrass twist.

This is the second in a string of singles I will be releasing this summer of staple covers I play in my solo sets.


released June 24, 2019
Performed by Rachel Sumner

Engineered by Michael Siegel at Warrior Camp Studio in Somerville, MA

Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio in New Windsor, NY


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Praised by audiences for her powerful, lonesome voice and haunting songs, Rachel Sumner carefully spins melodies that get caught in your head and delivers them “with an attitude and drive in her guitar playing...sure to strike a chord and dig deep into your heart. ” (Red Line Roots) ... more

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