Sat 9th November, 20198:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
★★★★★ – “Uniquely blends English folk with pure Americana – A sound as wide as the prairie.” Country Music Magazine
“The Willows offer a polished update of Anglo-folk shot through with a streak of Americana. An impressive showcase to match their on-stage prowess.” The Guardian
With their 3rd album Through The Wild winning critical acclaim from all directions, an exhilarating live show and a new line-up featuring some of the foremost musicians on the UK roots scene, The Willows have never been in a better place. Taking influence from the both sides of the Atlantic the band continue to defy pigeonholing, with their unique songwriting taking precedent above all else.
Formed by Jade Rhiannon, Ben Savage and Cliff Ward, the band shot to prominence when their debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil was championed by legendary BBC DJs Mike Harding and Bob Harris, who subsequently invited them in for a BBC Radio 2 live session. Considerable national acclaim followed including a Spiral Earth Award nomination for Best Debut. Their follow up ‘Amidst Fiery Skies’ (produced by Sean Lakeman) received a 5-Star review in the Telegraph and a spot in their albums of the year. With numerous festival appearances from Cambridge to Glastonbury they grew a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live acts and were nominated for Best Band in the 2014 FATEA awards.
Their new line-up is bursting with vocal and instrumental talent from across the UK roots scene. Fronted by the distinctively tender vocals of Jade Rhiannon the band adds Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts, The Albion Band) on fiddle to their line-up along with Ben Savage (Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage) on guitar/dobro, Evan Carson (Sam Kelly, Seth Lakeman) on drums/bodhran and Cliff Ward (WardnParker) on banjo/guitar.
The Willows are:
Jade Rhiannon – Vocals
Ben Savage – Guitar, Dobro, Vocals
Cliff Ward – Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals
Evan Carson – Bodhran, Percussion
Katriona Gilmore – Violin, Mandolin, Vocals
★★★★★ – “Pitch-perfect harmonies and haunting melodies… A fresh spin on folk with brilliant results!” Maverick Magazine
★★★★ “Graceful & impressive – If North America can fall for the faux folk of Mumford and Sons, why not the artful folk-rock of The Willows?” The Observer
Album of the Year 2018 “Unbelievably great!” Folkscene, BBC Radio Merseyside