Thanks and appreciation to The Elliotts of Birtley, whose club closed December 17th 2014. Thanks for showing us the way for 52 years! Posted by Mike on 18 December 2014
Hope to see some of you at our Christmas Office Party: The Welly Folk Club, this Thursday, 18th December. There will be sets by The Wilson Family & The Darlington Mummers, who celebrate 50 Years together! The fun starts at 8.30pm, at The Wellington Inn, Wolviston Village, TS22 5JY. Posted by Mike on 15 December 2014
The Wilson Family Recordings: Now Available Direct From Our Website: We are delighted to announce that all our current available recordings can now be ordered direct from the Albums Page of this website! We have had many requests to set this facility up here, and now we have! Currently, "The Wilson Family Album", "Stocking Tops - The Wilson Family Live" and "A Grey Lock or Two" are now all available to buy direct for UK and Worldwide distribution. We are working on a CD re-release of "Horumarye" Posted by Mike on 06 December 2014
After our travels this year, it will be nice to sing at three local Folk Clubs close to our hearts , first up is South Shields, at The Customs House, Sunday 30th November, followed by The Davy Lamp, Washington Arts Centre, Saturday December 13th, before finishing this year off with a joint night at our home, The Welly Christmas Party 18th December with ourselves and our good mates Darlington Mummers, sharing the billing! Hope to see some of you there! Posted by Mike on 22 November 2014

Tickets go on sale for The Wilson Family: 40 Years Singing Tradition Concert: The Sage Gateshead

Updated: 16 December 2014

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for our Concert at The Sage, Gateshead, 26th March 2015: Today's Announcement reads: THE WILSON FAMILY: 40 YEARS OF A UNIQUE FAMILY TRADITION: A Folkworks Concert by brothers, Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken & Mike Wilson. The evening will span the group’s extensive Traditional & Contemporary Folk Song repertoire of the past forty years: Unique is indeed an appropriate adjective to describe these 5 siblings who have been singing together, consistently, for coming up 40 years and, in so doing, have created their own Family Tradition. They are now widely considered to be the benchmark for exuberant, a cappella harmony singing. During this concert of their best loved songs, which will represent the full span of their 40 year repertoire, right up to the present day, they will include an audio visual song cycle, to celebrate to works of acclaimed songwriter, and fellow Teessider, Graeme Miles. Sting has recently said of them: “They're five brothers who have been singing together in harmony for a long time. And they have very, very powerful voices. “They have a family sound and a natural, bone-deep understanding of music and harmony. And it's quite something.” Their influences have said of them: "There`s a musical honesty about them that links past and present together. They are among the people who go about singing traditional songs that move me - which I really love, because that's what I try to do. But what appeals to me about them, apart from their musical skill, is their honesty. They are what they are and do what they do and say what they say and it's very direct and I love that. They're not pretenders." - Dick Gaughan "The Northern Wilsonia - a vocal orchestra!" - Peter Bellamy "They have synthesised the qualities of all their major influences, which sets them apart as one of the foremost harmony groups entertaining folk audiences today" - Roy Harris "Singing with the Wilson Family, well it just makes life a whole lot easier!" - Louisa Jo (Louis) Killen



Upcoming Gigs:

Updated: 14 December 2014

Three upcoming North East Gigs: 18th December we are at home at The Welly, for our Christmas Party, when we will be sharing the bill with our good friends, Darlington Mummers, December 13th, The Family are guests at The Davy Lamp, Washington, for their Christmas Party, but first up is South Shields Folk Club, The Customs House, Sunday 30th November:



"Sting: The Last Ship" to be aired on BBC4

Updated: 27 October 2014

The show "Sting. When The Last Ship Sails", first aired on BBC TV last December, will be shown again on BBC4 on Sunday 27th April. The show was recorded at the Public Theater New York for the Launch of Stings new CD "The Last Ship" showcasing the songs for the play/musical of the same name which opens on Broadway later this year. The Wilson Family perform the song "Big Steamers" during the show.



The Wilson Family Album on CD

Updated: 27 October 2014

"The Wilson Family Album" recording is now available in CD Format for the first time since it's release in 1991. The new format includes an additional track, "Rap Her T' Bank" and updated sleeve notes. This is an album of songs we are extremely proud of and we hope you enjoy them too!



"Sting: The Last Ship" to be aired on PBS

Updated: 27 October 2014

The Wilson Family are featured in "Sting: The Last Ship" to be aired on PBS, Great Performance, February 21st 2014. A live recording of the Public Theatre NYC show, filmed on Sting's birthday, 2nd October 2013.



The Wilson Family are featured on Sting’s “Last Ship” New York show.

Updated: 27 October 2014

"Sting: When The Last Ship Sails" will air Sunday, December 22 on BBC One at 10:55pm. Performing songs from his new album The Last Ship, the intimate live performance was recorded at a special fan club concert on October 2, 2013 at The Public Theater in New York. Sting is joined by several musicians, many of whom hail from the North East (Kathryn Tickell, Peter Tickell, Julian Sutton, and The Wilson Family), including actor and singer Jimmy Nail, who will also appear in the play "The Last Ship."



Ten shows in New York with Sting

Updated: 28 October 2014

The Wilson Family (The Wilson Brothers) will perform with Sting, and a host of other musicians, actors and singers - several from the North - East of England - at the Public Theater, New York, upon the release of his new album "The Last Ship". The Wilson Family recorded a number of songs including the title track with Sting earlier this year.