The Wilderness Yet
Taking their name from a Gerard Manley Hopkins classic, this Sheffield-based trio fuse 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. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2020 to critical acclaim, closely followed by a short EP of commissioned covers called John O Dreams. Lockdown saw them record a winter album / show called Turn The Year Round, featuring secular re-writes of classic carols and carefully arranged seasonal favourites.
Their new studio album What Holds The World Together was released on 21st July 2022 and has since been played on BBC Radio 2, 3 & 6; lauded widely by reviewers (see below); and even made it into the Official Folk Albums Chart.
“This is surely one of the folk albums of the year” – Robin Denselow (Folk Radio/The Guardian)
“This is something timely...a lovely album with gorgeous artwork” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Beautiful musicianship & singing” – Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio 1
“Simply exquisite" – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“It's truly a thing of beauty... abundantly delicious instrumental textures are intelligently sparing yet satisfyingly rich... steeped in folklore and nature...a highlight of 2020" – The Living Tradition
“This debut fairly thrums with life, its music echoing the aureate hymn to the natural world… bright lissom vocals... finely poised a cappella singing" – The Scotsman ★★★★★
“Earnest and attractive... striking originality" – RnR Magazine ★★★★★
“Absolutely beautiful...the three of them make an absolutely wonderful sound" – Mike Harding
“This trio has it all…bright new music & fresh interpretations of old songs...a title track worthy of the Voice Squad... a delightful album” – Irish Music Magazine
The Whitchurch Folk Club is an infrequent concert series focusing on traditional folk music. It takes place in All Hallows Church or Whitchurch Parish Hall as and when artists become available.
Whitchurch Parish Hall, 28 London Street, RG28 7LQ Whitchurch
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