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In the endlessly rotating/mutating folk scene, collaborations come and go but few with the line-up and quality of The Furrow Collective, who bring their rich, expansive sound (featuring harmonies, guitar, harp, viola, concertina, banjo and musical saw!) to Newcastle’s Cluny on Wednesday 23rd September. Perhaps the best known member is Alasdair Roberts, the Perthshire-born, Glasgow-based singer, guitarist and songwriter who, as well as being highly regarded in his own right, is a serial and catholic collaborator – from Appendix Out to Jason Molina, Will Oldham to Jackie Oates. Seemingly as comfortable in the avant garde scene as he is in the folk world, The Furrow Collective is just the latest in a series of fruitful collaborations. Lucy Farrell relocated to the North East from Kent and has since worked as part of the wonderful Johnny & Lucy, in Dark Northumbrian – a remarkable new venture that also features Roberts, Steven Malley and Cath & Phil Tyler among others (of whom more is expected later this year) – and as part of the Emily Portman Trio, with Emily Portman herself and Rachel Newton, who are the other two members of The Furrow Collective. Their first album, At Our Next Meeting, was well received and with another album due this year, it seems like an opportune moment to catch them. Support comes from The Horse Loom, Steven Malley’s folk incarnation, who is on something of a roll at the moment with a successful tour with Trembling Bells recently completed and some new recordings on the horizon.

The Furrow Collective and The Horse Loom play The Cluny 2, Newcastle on Wednesday 23rd September.

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