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Described by MOJO as ‘a mouthwatering collaboration’, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.
Nominated ‘Best Traditional Track’ with The Unquiet Grave and Emily was nominated for ‘Folk Singer Of The Year.’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016
Nominated ‘Best Group’ & ‘Best Traditional Track.’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015
Since their critically acclaimed debut At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Hot on the heels of two BBC Folk Award nominations, they have released an outstanding five track EP Blow out the Moon last autumn, coinciding with touring, offering a tempting taster of their next album.
Each band member leads a song, moving with ease from jaunty stories of ailing horses, to poignant laments and sparsely adorned supernatural ballads. Blow Out the Moon culminates with the beautiful title track, a lullaby in spine-tingling four-part harmony.
“A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs…A quietly classy young folk band” Guardian
Strikingly unaffected vocals are accompanied by harp, guitar, viola, concertina, piano, banjo, fiddles and musical saw. Blow Out the Moon reflects the breadth of the Furrow Collective’s diversity whilst showing a crystallisation of their unique sound.
“The Furrow Collective have an air of immeasurable antiquity, while at the same time making the songs vibrantly new.”‘ R2
“A mouth-watering collaboration.” ★★★★ Mojo
“One of the finest collaborative albums of the past few years.”‘ Folk Radio UK
This September and October sees a packed programme of gigs which showcase the finest international and local artists. From Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations and pop icons Heaven 17 to local stars Field Music and Brazilian hip hop activist Billy Saga, we have your musical taste...
Sage Gateshead showcases a strong line-up of folk, roots and blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic.