WILDWOOD KIN ON FAMILY, INSPIRATION AND FINDING FELLOWSHIP IN THE FOLK INDUSTRY
We've been singing together since we were small We're family and the first time we publicly sang together was at our Nana's wedding when we were still at primary school. We formed as a band when we were invited to an open mic night at a small, friendly, village pub. We had a great response from the audience so we came back each week and started to get offers to play elsewhere.
Our music is very much inspired by our faith and we don't want to hide that We're an alternative folk band; our songwriting is thought provoking, but it's relevant to both believers and non-believers. Really we just want our music to speak to people and have a positive impact on their lives.
Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons and Fleetwood Mac have inspired us The honesty and integrity found in their songwriting has encouraged us to do the same. We've also been creatively inspired by literature, writers like Tolkien and CS Lewis whose allegories and metaphors have inspired some of the imagery used in our songs.
Folk music is often associated with rural living, but we're actually city girls We grew up in Exeter and Torquay but we've been visiting places like Dartmoor, Cornwall and the Lake District since we were children. This has definitely had an influence on our identity as a band, and has given us the space and solitude to access creativity.
We were one of four nominees for the BBC RADIO 2 Young Folk Award We played live on Radio 2 in the interval. We've also been working with Seth Lakeman which has been a great experience. We're looking forward to gigging with him in the future.
You don't tend to see musicians stepping on each other to get ahead in the folk industry It's a lot more common to see friendship and fellowship blossoming, rather than rivalry. It's not all about who can make the most money or who can sell out the biggest shows, it's about telling a raw, honest story through music; creating something which genuinely moves people and leaves a lasting impact.