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The Wilderness Yet

17 February 2024

Whitchurch Parish Hall RG28 7LQ


The Wilderness Yet are the last three words of the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem Inversnaid. The eponymous Sheffield-based trio fuse the clear, charismatic vocals of former BBC Young Folk Award finalist Rosie Hodgson with the fine, sensitive fiddling of Rowan Piggott and the deft guitar and flute playing of Philippe Barnes.

Independently, they have earned audiences' esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave an eclectic tapestry of traditional and original songs and tunes; from a cappella three-part harmonies to luscious instrumental arrangements.

Their eponymous debut album was released in 2020 to critical acclaim, closely followed by a short EP of commissioned covers called John O Dreams.

Lockdown saw them record a winter album / show called Turn The Year Round, featuring secular re-writes of classic carols and carefully arranged seasonal favourites. 

Their new studio album What Holds The World Together was released on 21 July 2022 and has since been played on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6; lauded widely by reviewers (see below); and even made it into the Official Folk Albums Chart.

Press Quotes:
“This is surely one of the folk albums of the year” – Robin Denselow (Folk Radio/The Guardian)

“This is something timely...a lovely album with gorgeous artwork” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“Beautiful musicianship & singing” – Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio 1

“Simply exquisite" – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“It's truly a thing of beauty... abundantly delicious instrumental textures are intelligently sparing yet satisfyingly rich... steeped in folklore and nature...a highlight of 2020" – The Living Tradition

“This debut fairly thrums with life, its music echoing the aureate hymn to the natural world… bright lissom vocals... finely poised a cappella singing" – The Scotsman ★★★★★

“Earnest and attractive... striking originality" – RnR Magazine ★★★★★

“Absolutely beautiful...the three of them make an absolutely wonderful sound" – Mike Harding

“This trio has it all…bright new music & fresh interpretations of old songs...a title track worthy of the Voice Squad... a delightful album” – Irish Music Magazine 


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