The duo turn in a spellbinding rendition of an American folk classic.
The American folk standard "Sugar Babe" (or "Sugar Baby" as it came to be widely known) dates back to the early-20th century "rounder" songs of the Appalachian South, played on five-string banjo. Old-time singer Dock Boggs is the most famous performer of the song, having learned it from his brother and recorded it in 1927, which then became one of the most memorable tracks on Harry Smith's epochal Anthology of American Folk Music.
Now it's Massachusetts duo the Farwells' turn to present their own rendition of the classic, and Debra Clifford and Becca Wintle do a marvellous job on this faithfully played track. It's from their recently released, self-titled album, and can be found here.
"It's a beautiful melody and Debra plays an old 1890's clawhammer banjo and sings high harmony with Becca singing lead," the band says. "The Farwells recorded this track in the peak district of England, overlooking old stone fences and lush green countryside, somehow very appropriate."