Hangman (The Gallows Tree) is The Weeping Willows’s poignant take on Peter, Paul and Mary’s classic 1965 arrangement of folk traditional The Maid Freed From the Gallows.
The Weeping Willows are Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates, who have established themselves as Australia’s foremost devotees to the dark underbelly of Southern American country-folk tradition.
Hangman (The Gallows Tree) is a tale in which fate loosens its grip on our protagonist’s throat, and hope chimes in the darkness. Her life and freedom bought from the hangman with coins of silver and the devotion of a true love, our maiden is spared the bitter indignity of being hanged as an indifferent family looks on.
The track was recorded, engineered, and mixed by celebrated producer Roger Bergodaz. Joining The Weeping Willows in the studio were world-beating bluesman Nick Charles, along with the incomparable David Piltch on upright bass.