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5 May 2017 - BBC Folk Award Winners at RCC Letterkenny

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 The Furrow Collective 


The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny is delighted to present a concert by The Furrow Collective, recent winners of Best Group at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, next Thursday May 11th. Described by Mojo as “A mouthwatering collaboration”, the critically acclaimed English/Scottish quartet consists of four distinctive and talented performers, each one an important solo artist in their own right – Lucy Farrell (fiddle, viola, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice), Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice) and Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), who also won Best Musician at the Folk Awards.


While this is the first Furrow Collective concert in Donegal, the three female members have played here before. They gave an exquisitely beautiful performance as The Emily Portman Trio at the RCC as part of the Earagail Arts Festival in 2014. Concerts are presented in partnership with the Earagail Arts Festival and Donegal Music Education Partnership. The concert on May 11th starts at 8pm and tickets priced €12 and €10 concession can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 074 91 20777.


The Furrow Collective

The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. They mostly focus upon material from English and Scottish sources, occasionally turning their attentions further afield in their quest for intriguing songs. ‘At Our Next Meeting’, The Furrow Collective's 2014 debut album, was recorded with award-winning producer Andy Bell; it was variously heralded as  'a quietly triumphant set' (The Guardian) and 'one of the finest collaborative albums of the past few years' (Folk Radio UK).  The album led to nominations for Best Group and Best Traditional Track at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 2015's five-song EP ‘Blow Out the Moon’ was similarly well-received, resulting in another Best Traditional Track nomination in 2016.


November 2016 saw the release of the group's second album, ‘Wild Hog’. Again produced by Andy Bell and building on the success of its predecessor, it shows a marked development in the group's sound and approach. Brilliant reviews have included “A winningly produced masterclass in folk tradition” (The Observer) and “From Portman’s harp and fiddle-backed ‘Barbara Allen’ to Farrell’s thrilling but gruesome ‘Willie’s Fatal Visit’, and the exquisite harmony work on ‘Many’s the Night’s Rest’, it’s a fresh, gently powerful set” (The Guardian). The Furrow Collective has toured extensively following the release of ‘Wild Hog’, delighting audiences in Europe and the UK with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song. Don’t miss this first Donegal concert by one of the finest folk bands in the world at present.




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