The Furrow Collective @ Rochdale Folk Festival
Saturday 20th June 2020, 7.30pm
supported by Sam Partridge & Grace Smith
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 the 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 (also on Hudson Records).
The group’s most recent album ‘Fathoms’ was produced in Powys and Oxfordshire by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell and sees the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into traditional songs.
The twelve recordings of which Fathoms is comprised capture typically innovative arrangements and set the four distinctive voices in a magical, captivating sound-world. As with their previous collections, the impression is by turns ancient, evoking the lines back to the earliest source, and then altogether unknown; fresh as tomorrow morning.
The Furrow Collective tours extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song.
Sam Partridge & Grace Smith are an instrumental folk duo who clearly delight in exploring the music of England together. Performing on concertina and fiddle they approach their material as a shared dialogue, listening and responding to each other in order to shape the music in the moment. Whether breathing new life into tunes discovered in old manuscripts or contributing their own efforts to the repertoire, their music is heartfelt and quietly-innovative. Being highly regarded as performers and music educators in their own right, Sam and Grace invite the audience to revel in the joy of making music together.