This hybrid gig is being livestreamed in partnership with Downend Folk & Roots. You can go along to the gig in person at Christ Church Downend, near Bristol, or watch online from wherever you are. Tickets to go along in person are available from the Downend Folk & Roots website, or from Melanie’s Kitchen in Downend. Find out more here.
This gig will begin with support from Heartwood Chorus, before The Wilderness Yet take to the stage.
About The Wilderness Yet
Nationally acclaimed folk trio The Wilderness Yet have established a growing reputation for their detailed arrangements and flawless close-knit harmony singing.
The trio combines the clear, charismatic vocals of former BBC Young Folk Award finalist Rosie Hodgson with the fine, sensitive fiddling of Rowan Piggott and the deft guitar and flute playing of Philippe Barnes. Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave an eclectic tapestry of traditional and original songs and tunes, from a cappella three-part harmonies to luscious instrumental arrangements.
The band’s eponymous debut album was released in 2020 to critical acclaim, and was closely followed by John O Dreams, an EP of commissioned covers. Their latest studio album, What Holds The World Together, was released in July 2022, with airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6 and an entry in the Official Folk Albums Chart Top 40.
Lockdown saw the trio record Turn The Year Round, a seasonal album featuring winter songs, wassails, and secular rewrites of classic carols. The album has quickly become a favourite, with the band playing live on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas Day. Now, it’s time for their first festive tour, so come and help them deck the halls as they continue the age-old tradition of singing together at the turn of the year.
“Beautiful musicianship & singing” – Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio 1
“Simply exquisite”– Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
Photo credit: Elly Lucas
About Heartwood Chorus
Heartwood Chorus is a folk choir. Made up of a mix of professional and amateur musicians, they have been wowing audiences since they got together in 2020, quietly building a reputation on the Bristol folk scene for high quality performances.
They sing original arrangements of traditional songs, as well as their own versions of contemporary classics, sometimes with pathos, sometimes with humour and all in beautiful harmony. After opening for Lady Maisery at Bristol Folk Festival last summer, Rowan Rheingans called them “brilliant.”
For this show, they will be bringing a set of winter songs which will range from the quietly serene to the thoroughly rousing.