This new collective brings together four of the finest, award winning musicians on the UK folk scene and delves into the obscure world of balladry at its darkest and quirkiest. Each singer airs lesser-known gems from their traditional repertoire with an eclectic backing of harp, guitar, viola, concertina, banjo, musical saw and rousing harmonies. With a bold, improvisatory approach, their common focus is to capture the raw edges and fleeting magic of ballads, with storytelling taking centre stage.
Emily and Alasdair are both known for their original, folklore-influenced song-writing, and, often finding themselves on the same bills they struck up a musical friendship, sharing stages and collaborating on each other’s albums. Lucy and Rachel are both bewitching solo artists in their own right as well as being sought-after session players and long-time collaborators with Emily Portman in her trio.
The collective will be releasing an album in February 2014 on Furrow Records.
Support from Dan Haywood
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