Watch Rhiannon Giddens Perform a Traditional Ballad in Our New In The Water Session

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Last week we premiered Rhiannon Giddens' In The Water session. She opens the set with an a capella performance of "Pretty Saro," a traditional ballad taught to her by N.C. Heritage Award recipient Sheila Kay Adams. The ballad chronicles the tale of an immigrant to the United States longing for the lover they left behind in their home country.

"I think that song in particular is a very important one to sing now," says Rhiannon. "There've been so many different waves of immigrants here. They all have the same fears and sorrows and reasonings for leaving where they left. Nobody leaves their homeland with a song on their lips. It's always thinking about what they're leaving behind."

Watch Rhiannon sing "Pretty Saro" in the video below.