The Furrow Collective delves into an obscure world of balladry at its darkest and quirkiest. At Our Next Meeting brings gems from the traditional repertoires of four of the finest folk musicians from both sides of the English/Scottish border. Daringly exposed, unaffected voices are accompanied by harp, guitar, viola, concertina, banjo, fiddle and musical saw. With a bold, improvisatory approach, their focus is to capture the raw edges and fleeting magic of narrative song, with storytelling at the centre.
Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts are both celebrated for their original, folklore-influenced song writing and have collaborated on several previous albums. Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are bewitching solo artists, sought-after session players and long-time members of The Emily Portman Trio.
Warmly accessible yet raw and uncompromising, their album ‘At Our Next Meeting’ shows a breadth of Scottish and English folk traditions with four artists at the height of their powers.