At a time of disconnection from each other and the environment, What Holds The World Together is an album grounded in our relationship with the natural world. This is an exploration of the world’s stories, seasons and sorrows, but also an album with deeply personal links. From The Last Shanachie, which features a wax cylinder recording of Rowan’s great-great-grandfather (a traditional Irish storyteller), to The Nightingale’s Lullaby, a song written to lull Rowan and Rosie’s newborn son to sleep, the album is centred around love, community and connection - and perhaps that’s what holds the world together, after all.
Holding the weight of the world on its shoulders, whilst simultaneously radiating the joy of life, What Holds The World Together is a rumination on everything it means to be human.
1. Wild Northeaster
2. Old Brock
3. Charlie Fox
4. What Holds The World Together
5. The Carol Of The Flood
6. The Banks Of The Bann
7. Of All The Gods
8. The Last Shanachie
9. Midnight Accountant / The Optimist
10. T Stands For Thomas
11. The Nightingale's Lullaby
“Beautiful musicianship & singing”
– Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio 1
– Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“...it highlights not just their melodic musicianship but also how deeply engaging and well-crafted their music is. While The Wilderness Yet are inspired by and borrow tradition, there is a contemporary edge that heightens the pulse of the song and listener, capturing its essence and making it shine all the brighter. Exceptional... This is surely one of the folk albums of the year."
– Robin Denselow, Folk Radio
“There’s something decidedly assured about The Wilderness Yet, both in the trio’s instrumental prowess and in their confident vocal delivery."
– Northern Sky
“A timeless and heady mix of traditions... an outstanding collection from three musicians at the top of their game." – Folk Radio UK
“Absolutely beautiful... the three of them together make an absolutely wonderful sound..." – Mike Harding
“A breathtaking celebration of nature and traditional music... This album is one of the finest folk recordings released this year..."
– From The Margins