Music starts at 8.30pm
Jade Rhiannon – Vocals, Shruti Box
Cliff Ward – Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals
Ben Savage – Guitar, Dobro, Vocals
Prue Ward – Violin, Vocals
Evan Carson – Bodhran, Percussion
The Willows are a folk band from Cambridge, UK. Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman was released to critical aclaim, with The Telegraph hailing it "a triumph" in a 5-star review and a place in their folk albums of 2014. Fronted by the breathtaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.
The band were formed in 2010 by husband and wife, Cliff and Jade, sister, Prue, and chance meeting via Gumtree, Ben. Following numerous gigs in folk clubs all over the the UK supporting the likes of LAU, Seth Lakeman, & Peatbog Faeries and an eponymous EP, the band released debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil in 2013. Produced by Stu Hanna (Megson, Faustus, Show of Hands), the album caught the attention of BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris who invited the band in for a live session midway through their UK tour. Maverick Magazine gave the record 4½ stars, and it was subsequently nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards.
BOB HARRIS, BBC Radio 2
"...Absolutely gorgeous sound, a lovely album..."
"***** - Amidst Fiery Skies is outstanding!"
MIKE HARDING, Mike Harding Folk Show
"They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way for such a young band; I think they're really really interesting! Bella's Fury has got a sort of feeling of old timey noir about it... I think it's really amazing!"
“An excellent album...The Cambridge quintet plays a particularly British form of Americana. Our Road, an original song, reminds me irresistibly of Liege and Lief-era Fairfport Convention."
"...The Willows are a breath of fresh air to the folk music community... "