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).
The Furrow Collective are heading out on tour in the UK in June 2023, in support of their fourth full-length album (title TBC) on Hudson Records. Each of the group’s three previous albums has marked a distinct development of their music, whilst retaining its idiosyncratic core of resonant bowed and plucked strings anchoring sky-bound harmony singing; the fourth will mark a further expansion of this unique trademark sound. Due to be recorded in midwinter 2022 and released in midsummer 2023, the record will span the seasons to link the solstices in harmony, in the form of a suite of noctilucent laments, lunar serenades and starlit balladry.
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
|02/12/2022||National Centre for Early Music||YORK|
|09/12/2022||Oxford Contemporary Music||OXFORD|
|10/12/2022||Live to your Living Room||ONLINE EVENT|
|10/12/2022||Live at Sam's||SHEFFIELD|
|12/12/2022||Soundhouse at the Traverse||EDINBURGH|