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These Gathered Branches reviews and radio play

Our debut full album, These Gathered Branches, was released on 20 April 2015. Here's what people have had to say about it.

These Gathered Branches reviews in magazines

"Musical precision and spontaneity co-exist comfortably as she [Cathy Mason] and Patrick Dean (cello, melodeon and percussion) provide a proficient and subtly imaginative instrumental framework and often breathtaking vocal harmonies for Ffion Mair’s assured soprano... Tellingly, These Gathered Branches was on instant replay throughout a long car journey recently. For days, it seemed I couldn’t let a waking hour go by without another shot of it... A thoroughly diverting collection that should do brisk business on the merchandising stall straight after any given performance on the Trio’s work schedule – which deserves to become busier." - Alan Clayson, fRoots

"Initial impression is of an ensemble whose members are very sure both of themselves and their capabilities and of where they’re taking their music... Particular successes here are the two songs sung in Welsh by Ffion Mair, a singer with a wonderfully strong and characterful voice and exemplary diction…The trio’s signature sound blend is tremendously captivating…The whole product exudes class, with an expert production by Mark Hutchinson, while the disc’s digipack sports a very attractive design… A most distinctive and truly memorable debut album from an act to watch." - David Kidman, Living Tradition

"The soundscape ranges from simple acoustic guitar via staccato melodeon underpinned by cello to a full-blooded band sound... The band's aptitude for splicing songs and tunes means that the interest never wanes...This is a splendid debut." - Dai Jeffries, R2 Rock 'n' Reel Magazine

These Gathered Branches reviews online

"The debut album from The Foxglove Trio will give them a problem, because one day they’ll have to follow it, and that could be a task and half, because it’s outstanding. ‘These Gathered Branches’ is a delightful collection of traditional and contemporary folk songs sung in both English and Welsh, and delivered to perfection. Together, Cathy Mason, Ffion Mair and Patrick Dean display outstanding levels of skill and dexterity with their instruments, and present a wholly enveloping understanding of and feeling for the music they play… Altogether an album of magnetism, skill and vitality." - Tim Carroll, FolkWords 

Read the full FolkWords review 


These Gathered Branches comments from members of the public

"We listened to your album about three times in a row.  It is so brilliant!  Absolutely love it! Well done all of you!"

Radio Play

These Gathered Branches has been played on several radio shows and we're very grateful to all of the DJs for taking the time to listen to our tracks.

  • Readifolk - listen again here:

    The Readifolk Radio Show #180 13 March 2015 by The Readifolk Radio Show on Mixcloud

  • Bishop FM Folk Show - listen again here:

    Bishop FM Folk Show 034 - '6 Nations Rugby Special' - 23/03/2015 by Bishop Fm Folk Show on Mixcloud

  • The Wood and The Wire - listen again here:

    Wood & The Wire [186] 4th March 2015 by Pat Thornby on Mixcloud

  • Bill Mitton's Late A6 Folk and Blues Show on ALLFM - listen again here:

    ALLFM96.9 LATE A6 FOLK & BLUES 31-3-15.mp3(109.7MB) by Bill Mitton on Mixcloud

  • Johnny Coppin on BBC Radio Gloucestershire - listen again (available until 27 April 2015)
  • Bruce MacGregor's Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland - listen again (available until 4 May)
  • Folk, Roots and Branches on 10 radio
  • The Argyll FM Folk Show

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