The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish quartet with Lucy Farrell on viola, voice, tenor guitar & saw; Rachel Newton on harp, fiddle, piano, percussion & voice; Emily Portman on banjo, concertina, harmonium & voice; and Alasdair Roberts on guitars, keyboards, banjolin & vocals. Their recording Fathoms (Hudson Records, UK) might very well be one of the best folk recordings from the Brisish Isles in 2018. I emphasize folk, because this quartet focuses on tradtional story telling, from classic to lesser known, performed with a lot of spirit. The arrangements are personal and direct, with few contemporary embellishments.
I chose to feature "Davy Lowston" for our feature because it strikes such a deep chord of humanity and despair, in a tale about whale hunters stranded in New Zealand by their captain:
and the moral?
Photo by Seth Tinsley