With a set that focuses on exploring the relationship between humanity and nature, The Wilderness Yet should both captivate and engage in thought the audience at Seaford Sessions’ next event at Seaford Little Theatre on Saturday 16 March.
This new trio combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott and Ben Filmer-Sankey who is standing in for guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes, currently touring with the musical Come From Away. Expect an eclectic tapestry of traditional and original songs and tunes, from a cappella three-part harmonies to luscious instrumental arrangements.
With a voice that, according to Folk Radio UK brings ‘a ruby-richness to lyrics new and old’ it’s no surprise that Rosie has been a finalist for the BBC Young Folk Award. She recorded her debut album Rise Aurora to critical acclaim, producing what fRoots called ‘audible magic’. Rosie’s own songs are heavily influenced by the English tradition and her love of literature and the environment.
Rowan featured heavily on Rise Aurora, himself a fine singer with a ‘deep understanding and feel for tradition’ (FolkWords) and he is known for his fiddle-playing with Georgia Lewis and The Songhive Project, which he founded to raise awareness of the plight of bees. Winner of the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival, he recently featured on the cover of The Living Tradition after releasing his solo album Mountscribe.
Guitarist and banjo player Ben plays in the Worn Out Shoes ceilidh band and also sings. He is also part of a professional ceilidh collective called Fiddle Paradiddle that has performed at more than 300 events from corporate do’s to weddings.
They released their self-titled debut album last summer to critical acclaim, featuring tracks written by Rosie, Rowan and Philippe and examining the world’s stories, seasons and sorrows.
They have already published a songbook of newly written songs, an EP called John O’ Dreams and a festive collection of carols and yule songs called Turn The Year Round.
What the music press says
‘A timeless and heady mix of traditions, the self-titled debut from The Wilderness Yet is an outstanding collection from three musicians at the top of their game’ – Folk Radio UK
‘This is something timely… The Wilderness Yet have released a lovely album with gorgeous artwork… autumnal and rustic…’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
‘Beautiful musicianship & singing’ – Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio 1
‘This trio has it all… bright new music and fresh interpretations of old songs… a title track worthy of the Voice Squad… a delightful album’ – Irish Music Magazine
‘Absolutely beautiful… the three of them together make an absolutely wonderful sound…’ – Mike Harding