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Hedera Folk

Fri 19 Jan 2024

Hedera is a new Bristol-based quintet of instrumentalists brought together by a desire to lean into the slower and more delicate side of European folk traditions.

Their growing repertoire draws on French, English, Eastern European and Scandinavian music, with playful and inventive arrangements that reflect the diverse array of experience brought by members of the band: violinists Maisie Brett and Lulu Ruby Rose, clarinettist Isis Wolf-Light, Beth Roberts on double bass, and Tamsin Elliott on accordion and harp. Intrigued by the combination of strings and reeds that seems to lend itself to effortless arranging, they have also now begun to create original music together.

Their debut release ‘Waterwheel’ was composed by Tamsin Elliott and filmed by Elly Lucas in dramatic Perthshire arboretum; it premiered on Folk Radio in October 2022.


The project began life as a group of friends playing folk tunes around winter bonfires, grateful to have a collective musical outlet while their regular projects (Solana, Opa Rosa, Hands of the Heron) were unable to perform due to the pandemic. They discovered a shared love of listening deeply, playing slowly, and finding new ways to support each other musically. Over time, the ensemble has evolved into something more structured, but still retains the intimacy and gentle conviviality of its beginnings.

Their debut performance took place at Fire in the Mountain festival in June 2022, and in December 2022, they sold out their first ever hometown gig at The Greenbank, with such a demand for tickets that they seriously contemplated adding a second date. Their scheduled performances for 2024 include King’s Place (London), St Ambrose Church (Bristol) and Black Fen Folk Club (Cambridge).

Photographs by Elly Lucas