Album of The Week – by The Wilderness Yet’ 15th Aug 2020.
Band Members :- Rosie Hodgeson – vocals /Rowan Piggot – Galway- fiddle / cittern / double base / Philippe Barnes – guitar / flute
Joined by Rowan’s father Charlie Piggott on accordion and Ringo Macdonagh on bodhran
Album of the Week at Celtic Music Radio is The Wilderness Yet – ‘The Wilderness Yet’– released 24 July 2020
Listen in at 12pm on Sat 15th Aug 2020 when Auntie Liz will be in conversation with Rosie Hodgson.
‘This new Anglo- Irish trio combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes.
Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave a tapestry of traditional & self-penned songs with a charm and familarity that is usually only found in seasoned line-ups.
Rowan Piggott – A traditional musician who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, Rowan is a fine singer with a “deep understanding and feel for tradition” (FolkWords) and is known for his fiddle playing with Georgia Lewis and also his Songhive Project. The 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.
Rosie Hodgson -With a voice that brings “a ruby-richness to lyrics new and old” (Folk Radio UK), it’s no surprise that Rosie has been a finalist for the BBC Young Folk Award. After a successful EP and the eponymous album from Crossharbour, 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.
She commands every song she leads and enhances the Swedish Polska instrumental Hjaltedyrkan with some ‘diddling’ (tune singing).
Philippe Barnes – Philippe is well-known on the folk scene as a virtuosic flautist, but is an equally magnificent guitarist! Since completing an MA in Irish Music Performance at University of Limerick, Philippe has toured with the David Munnelly Band, All Jigged Out, Dizraeli and the Small Gods and Crossharbour (alongside Rosie!). As a session
The Wilderness Yet – The Wilderness Yet Independent – 24 July 2020
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Their name inspired by the poem Inversnaid by Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Wilderness Yet are an exciting and skilful new trio with Anglo/Irish roots with a sideline in Scandi folk tunes.
It may be a strange time to release a debut record with no gigs or festivals to showcase your chops in public, but this self-titled album has undoubtedly hit a zeitgeist with its subject matter, as many of us are re-learning (or lamenting the loss of) our connection to the natural world. According to the publicity notes it is, ‘a pastoral paean to trees, birds and bees but never far from sounding the warning bells about humankind’s often devastating impact on the environment.’
From the release of their single and getting a tour in before lockdown as well as major festivals, The Wilderness Yet are already building up an ever increasing fan base and with another single, EP and an album in the pipeline will be bringing them to an ever increasing future audience when we all get back on the road.
Not to be missed and on definitely for your collection!
Enjoy the music and the stunning artwork that goes along with it !
Tracks from CD The Wilderness Yet
1. The Beauties of Autumn
2.A Bruton Farmer
3.In A Fair Country
4.Queen & Country
5.Chalice Well / The Welcombe Hills
6.Woman of the Woods
7.Song of the Whale
9.The Thrush’s Anvil
10.Of Men Who’ll Never Know
11.Pete’s Jig / Poor Hildegard / Joan Brodie’s
12.The Wilderness Yet