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 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 (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.” – The Guardian
“The Furrow Collective have an air of immeasurable antiquity, while at the same time making the songs vibrantly new.” – R2
This is a hybrid gig, hosted in partnership with our friends over at Live At Sam’s. The gig will be held in Sheffield, and if you’d like to attend in person you can book tickets via the Live At Sam’s website.