Mary Hare, Snelsmore
Newbury RG14 3BQ
The Furrow Collective
The Furrow Collective is an award-winning and critically acclaimed English/Scottish band consisting of four distinctive and talented performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of England, Scotland and beyond. The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of ‘Best Band’ at the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (Hudson Records).
The album led to a nomination for Best Group and Best Traditional Track in the 2015 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards. You may also have heard their live session on BBC Radio Two. 2015’s five-song EP Blow Out the Moon was similarly well-received, resulting in another Best Traditional Track nomination the following year. The group’s aforementioned second album, shows a marked development in the group’s sound and approach. With guest musicians Alex Neilson on drums and Stevie Jones on double bass helping to provide fuller, richer arrangements.
The Furrow Collective tours extensively throughout the UK and mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song.
‘A mouthwatering collaboration‘ Mojo
’A quietly thrilling approach to traditional song‘ R2 Magazine
‘Splendidly atmospheric‘ fRoots
‘A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs… A quietly classy young folk band’ Guardian