The Furrow Collective

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The Furrow Collective is a critically acclaimed English/Scottish quartet consisting of four distinctive and talented performers – Lucy Farrell (fiddle, viola, voice), 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 and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. They mostly focus upon material from English and Scottish sources, occasionally turning their attentions further afield in their quest for intriguing songs.

At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective's 2014 debut album, was recorded with award-winning producer Andy Bell; it was variously heralded as "a quietly triumphant set" (The Guardian), "a real treat" (Bright Young Folk) and "one of the nest collaborative albums of the past few years" (Folk Radio UK). Boasting a stripped-back power, the album led to nomination for Best Group and Best Traditional Track in the 2015 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and a live sesssion on BBC Radio 2. 2015's five-song EP Blow Out the Moon was similarly well-received, resulting in another Best Traditional Track nomination the following year.

“A mouthwatering collaboration”
– Mojo

“Splendidly atmospheric traditional songs”
– fRoots

“A bravely compelling new take on traditional songs”
– The Guardian

“A quietly thrilling approach to traditional song”
– R2

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About

The Furrow Collective is a critically acclaimed English/Scottish quartet consisting of four distinctive and talented performers – Lucy Farrell (fiddle, viola, voice), 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 and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. They mostly focus upon material from English and Scottish sources, occasionally turning their attentions further afield in their quest for intriguing songs.

At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective's 2014 debut album, was recorded with award-winning producer Andy Bell; it was variously heralded as "a quietly triumphant set" (The Guardian), "a real treat" (Bright Young Folk) and "one of the nest collaborative albums of the past few years" (Folk Radio UK). Boasting a stripped-back power, the album led to nomination for Best Group and Best Traditional Track in the 2015 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and a live sesssion on BBC Radio 2. 2015's five-song EP Blow Out the Moon was similarly well-received, resulting in another Best Traditional Track nomination the following year.

“A mouthwatering collaboration”
– Mojo

“Splendidly atmospheric traditional songs”
– fRoots

“A bravely compelling new take on traditional songs”
– The Guardian

“A quietly thrilling approach to traditional song”
– R2

Featured Release

The Furrow Collective
Wild Hog

Produced by Andy Bell and building on the success of its predecessor, Wild Hog shows a marked development in the group's sound and approach, featuring guest musicians Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells) on drums and Stevie Jones (Sound of Yell) on double bass. 

The Furrow Collective has toured extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe. Lucy, Rachel, Emily and Alasdair will continue to tour around the release of Wild Hog and into the future, delighting audiences far and near with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song.

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Track List

  • Wild Hog in the Woods
  • Dear Companion
  • Prince Heathen
  • Barbara Allen
  • Willie’s Fatal Visit
  • Many’s the Night’s Rest
  • Chuir M’Athair Mise dhan Taigh Charraideach
  • Polly Vaughn
  • Queen Eleanor’s Confession
  • The Maiden Hind
  • Beneath the Window of My Cell

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