Alasdair Roberts | Emily Portman | Rachel Newton | Lucy Farrell
BBC Radio 2 Folk award winners of *Best Group* 2017
New album | Fathoms | out now
The Furrow Collective
November 2018 sees the release of the third album Fathoms by award-winning and acclaimed folk group The Furrow Collective. Produced in Powys and Oxfordshire by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell Fathoms sees the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into traditional songs.
Fathoms captures typically innovative arrangements and sets the four distinctive voices in a magical, captivating sound-world. As with their previous collections, the impression is by turns ancient, evoking the lines back to the earliest source, and then altogether unknown; fresh as tomorrow morning.
The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent 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 the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Best Group', hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (also on Hudson Records).
'One of the most refreshing interpreters of traditional song in the UK**** Songlines
'If the future of folk music sounds like Fathoms we are in safe hands indeed.'
'Something of a delicacy to be savoured'
**** Northern Sky
'Like The Unthanks, The Furrow Collective are adventurous in their interpretation of the traditional songbook of the British Isles'
'Innovative arrangements, yet never losing the essence of their roots'
WILD HOG | 4.11.16