The Furrow Collective
Featuring Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts
This new collective brings together four of the finest, award winning musicians on the UK folk scene and delves into the obscure world of balladry at its darkest and quirkiest. Each singer airs lesser-known gems from their traditional repertoire with an eclectic backing of harp, guitar, viola, concertina, banjo, musical saw and rousing harmonies. With a bold, improvisatory approach, their common focus is to capture the raw edges and fleeting magic of ballads, with storytelling taking centre stage. Emily and Alasdair are both known for their original, folklore-influenced songwriting, and, often finding themselves on the same bills they struck up a musical friendship, sharing stages and collaborating on each others albums. Lucy and Rachel are both bewitching solo artists in their own right as well as being sought-after session players and long-time collaborators with Emily Portman in her trio.
Alasdair Roberts is a critically-acclaimed musician (primarily a singer, guitarist, writer/composer of songs and interpreter of traditional ballads) raised in rural Perthshire and now based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Emily Portman is a singer, writer and concertina player originating from Glastonbury and hailed ‘one of the new British folk scene’s most beguiling presences’ (Uncut).
Rachel Newton, singer,harpist and fiddle player with The Shee and The Emily Portman Trio, is a highly sought-after musician, known for her prowess on both the acoustic and the electric harp and her singing in both Gaelic and English.
Lucy Farrell began lulling the folk scene with her rich and honeyed voice when she left her Kent home to study the Folk and Traditional Music course in Newcastle in 2004.