Family affair for folk band The Willows

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The Willows, an exciting young folk band from Cambridge, have been attracting critical acclaim for their breathtaking vocals and rich musicianship.

The band’s first album ‘Beneath Our Humble Soil’ was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris - ‘an absolutely gorgeous sound’ - and Mike Harding.

The much anticipated follow-up ‘Amidst Fiery Skies’, co-produced with Sean Lakeman, was released to critical praise with The Telegraph hailing it ‘a triumph’ in a 5-star review and giving it a place in the newspaper’s folk albums of 2014 list.

Fronted by the distinctive vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship, the band takes influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Willows were formed in 2010 by the husband and wife Cliff Ward and Jade Rhiannon along with sister Prue Ward on violin and vocals, Ben Savage on dobro, guitar and vocals and Evan Carson on bodhran and drums to complete the line-up.

Now on a spring tour of the UK, The Willows will be at Marsden Mechanics Hall, Marsden, on Saturday, May 30 at 8pm (tel: 01484 844587) and Greystones, Thornbridge, Sheffield, on Sunday, May 31 at 8pm (tel: 01142 665599).