About

Root and Branch brings together five young(ish) folk musicians steeped like teabags in the traditional music of Scotland, England, Ireland, and North America. Born out of a 2013 project to take ceilidh music to Turkey, Iraq and Georgia, they have since honed their repertoire in the pubs and clubs of Yorkshire and London, and subsequent tours to Hungary, Croatia, Spain and France.

With musical backgrounds ranging from punk to baroque, the band’s five multi-instrumentalists combine a host of influences with sensitive arrangements to create a unique sound that is fresh and contemporary whilst unmistakably traditional.

In July 2015 they released their first EP, Overground, with five tracks ranging from self-penned tunes and instrumental takes on Scottish puirt à beul, to reworkings of traditional songs from England and the USA. The EP was described as offering a "tremendous, high-octane set replete with fantastic presence and rich, stylish textures" by stalwart folk magazine fRoots, amongst other critical acclaim.

The band is currently spread across three different countries and four different cities but they continue to play together whenever possible and are currently preparing their next recording.

If you would like to enquire about booking the band or have any other questions, please get in touch.

Other projects

Members of the band are also involved in a host of other projects including:

  • 58 Degrees North
  • Animal Spirits
  • Band of Burns
  • Dear Leaders
  • Hop the Sea
  • The Octopus
  • The Wanton String Band
  • Twisted Twenty