Child Ballads, Anaïs Mitchell's recent duo collaboration with folk singer-songwriter Jefferson Hamer, refers to a collection of English and Scottish ballads originating in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, compiled by folklorist Francis James Child. One portrays a marriage thwarted by a disapproving mother-in-law with the ability to prolong labor pains for up to eight years, and another depicts an overbearing mother who curses her son to drown for visiting his girlfriend instead of having dinner with her.
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