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The Furrow Collective –“Wild Hog” Album of The Week 11th March 2017

Celtic Music Radio’s Album of The Week –  The Furrow Collective  ‘Wild Hog’

Band Members – Alasdair Roberts / Emily Portman / Rachel Newton / Lucy Farrell





Nominated for Best Group in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards! And Rachel is up for Musician of the Year! as well as a new CD out has made a great start to another chapter in this stunning band. Formed in 2013  they are individually very talented but together !  you get something really special! Exceptional vocals and musicianship make this a band that you just have to see live.  Wild Hog is quite breath-taking mix  of established folk songs  and new contemporary trends delivered in a very individual manner


The Furrow Collective   is a critically acclaimed English/Scottish quartet consisting of four distinctive and talented performers – Lucy Farrell (fiddle, viola, saw, 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.’

‘With Wild Hog, The Furrow Collective have surpassed their excellent debut with a set of songs that is mature, intelligent and experimental. Some credit should go to the supporting cast, of course: Alex Neilson does his usual excellent thing on drums, Sound Of Yell’s Stevie Jones is a formidable double bass player and Andy Bell‘s talents as a producer are again in evidence, tying the songs down to a coherent sound. But the quartet at the heart of this record, for all their differing styles, have hit upon something that has a rare sparkle to it. A deceptively simple, spell-bindingly beautiful record.’

‘It’s worth taking a look at the video for Wild Hog In The Woods,  the lead track from Wild Hog. Beautifully directed by animator Chris Cornwell, it is hallucinatory, funny and sad. It’s Dr Seuss-on-peyote narrative features dismembered knights, boat-carving beavers and an incongruous mouthless ghoul with a tape recorder. The overall feel is Southern Gothic meets Day of the Dead carnivalesque with a liberal smattering of British folklore and overtones of post-Kafka absurdity. It’s a thrilling mix, and an inclusive one, allowing contemporary images to subtly permeate the old-time nature of the tale. The song itself is a rollicking update of the mythological man-eating boar story often known as Old Bangum. This version is taken from an American retelling of what was originally a British song. Roberts takes the lead vocal and sings it with unabashed glee, while Portman’s banjo hints at the tune’s transatlantic heritage.’

Album tracks:-
1 Wild Hog in the Woods
2 Dear Companion

3 Prince Heathen
4 Barbara Allen
5 Willie’s Fatal Visit
6 Many’s the Night’s Rest
7 Chuir M’Athair Mise dhan Taigh Charraideach
8 Polly Vaughn
9 Queen Eleanor’s Confession
10 The Maiden Hind
11 Beneath the Window of My Cell
You can purchase the CD by pressing on our Amazon Link – it costs you nothing but gets revenue for the station !

Upcoming Gigs:-

30 April – Todmorden Folk Festival
10 May – Belfast Duncairn Arts and Cultural Centre
11 May – Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre
12 May – Little Museum of Dublin
13 May – Kirkbymoorside – Band Room
15 May – Brighton Festival
17 May – Findhorn – University Hall
18 May – Cromarty – Old Brewery
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