We have the immense pleasure of premiering a new video from The Furrow Collective (Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, Emily Portman, Alasdair Roberts) for Many’s the Night’s Rest which is also our Song of the Day. It’s taken from their new digital single Wild Hog in the Woods which features two traditional songs from their highly anticipated forthcoming album. The video which was filmed by Scott Johnston coincides with a UK-wide tour, details of which are also below.
Emily Portman shared this with us about the song and video:
‘I stumbled across ‘Many’s the Night’s Rest’ in a journal of the Folk-Song Society from 1905 and was struck by the resolute tone of the chorus ‘Many’s the night’s rest you’ve robbed me of, but you never shall do it again’. It’s Roud No. 293 – a version of ‘Bonny Boy’ and Lucy Broadwood collected it in 1901 from a Henry Hills in Sussex. I imagine this song representing a woman finally washing her hands of her cheating boyfriend and moving on, though you could draw other, darker conclusions depending on your temperament! I like a folk song with a strong female character and so learnt it, but never got round to performing it until I played it to The Furrow Collective and it clicked as soon as we sang it together. We made the video last week with Scott Johnson, who filmed us in the upstairs gallery in Ort, Birmingham. It was a freezing day so we were thankful that Scott required steaming drinks for the video.’
The single features special guests Alex Neilson of The Trembling Bells (drums) and Stevie Jones (double bass). We’ll be bringing you more soon on the new album which shows The Furrow Collective developing their distinctive sound with playful and boundary-defying musicianship.
Order it here via Bandcamp: thefurrowcollective.bandcamp.com/album/wild-hog-in-the-woods
March Tour Dates
17th Ashford at Revelation St Mary’s
18th Stroud at Ruskin Mill
20th Glasgow at The Glad Cafe
21st Edinburgh at Traverse Theatre
23rd Brighton at Grey’s
24th Reading at South Street
25th London at Goose is Out, The Ivy House
Further details and ticket links here: www.thefurrowcollective.co.uk/gigs
Photo Credit: Elly Lucas