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 the traditional song and balladry of 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).
In December 2023 The Furrow Collective will be touring in support of their new, as yet untitled fourth album, a collection of noctilucent and hibernal songs drawn from the traditions of these isles and beyond. Evoking the uncanny atmosphere of a moonlit midwinter’s night, The Furrow Collective will present eerie story-songs and seasonal carols with their signature spine-tingling harmonies and masterful storytelling, bringing a spark of light into the wintry gloom. This promises to be an unmissable winter’s evening to remember.
The Furrow Collective tours extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song.
‘A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs… A quietly classy young folk band’ Guardian
‘The Furrow Collective have an air of immeasurable antiquity, while at the same time making the songs vibrantly new’. R2
‘A mouth-watering collaboration’ **** 4 Stars Mojo
‘One of the finest collaborative albums of the past few years’ Folk Radio UK