Updated: 13 April 2015
We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for our Concert at The Sage, Gateshead, 26th March 2015: The Sage 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