Root & Branch

Traditional music from the British Isles, Ireland and the United States

Root & Branch brings together young(ish) folk musicians steeped like teabags in the traditional music of Scotland, England, Ireland, and North America. The band's music incorporates everything from ten-minute trance-like interpretations of Appalachian old time to heart-breaking renditions of English workers' songs. And, of course, jigs, reels, polkas, and everything else you need to get your feet stamping. The interplay of musicians from different musical backgrounds combined with sensitive arrangements gives Root & Branch a unique sound that is fresh and contemporary whilst unmistakably traditional.

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Overground EP

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"A tremendous, high-octane set replete with fantastic presence and rich, stylish textures. Sometimes a touch rough-house, but much the better for that." (fRoots, November 2015 print edition)

"If an EP is an appetizer for an album then this one should have you slavering with anticipation like a a starving mutt outside a butcher's window." (Danny Farragher, Folkall)

"Its approach switches effortlessly through energetic jigs and polkas, Appalachian old-time and Highland reels. Although there’s energy here this is more than foot-stamping music, there’s also an English anti-war song and a finely delivered American love song... As ever, my measure of an EP is does it leave you wanting more? The verdict? Absolutely, and let’s hope an album soon sees the light of day." (FolkWords)