OK we’ll fess up, the following is nicked from a Guardian review, but hey we couldn’t write it any better so why reinvent the wheel, eh? 🙂
The Furrow Collective are an intriguing gathering of four distinctive singers and instrumentalists with a bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs.
Two years ago, the quietly soulful Scottish singer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts played on the Hatchling album by fellow singer-songwriter Emily Portman, which also included Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton, who play in her Trio.
Working as the Collective, they have a different approach. There are no self-composed songs, and they all provide lead vocals on mostly bleak narrative ballads of hanging, murder and bewitchment. Some are sung unaccompanied, but with delicate harmony vocals or a quietly atmospheric backing of harp, concertina, harmonium or fiddle. From Roberts’ gallows story, The Outlaw On The Hill, to Farrell and Portman’s sad and exquisite reworking of Handsome Molly and Our Captain Calls, it’s a quietly triumphant set.