Medieval, Bal Folk  and  Original  Compositions

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Woodwose (O.E. wuduwasa, 'wildman of the woods') are a band of like-minded musicians who share a passion for ancient, wild and exotic instruments such as hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, shawms, cittern, percussion, harps, recorders and whistles. Originally a quartet (formed in 2012) and an offshoot  of  medieval/theatrical band Daughters of Elvin the band now has a flexible lineup built around the core of Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant. Recently we have been working with Portuguese percussionist Ricardo de Noronha and singer Katherine Christie Evans.

Collectively they draw their inspiration from the dark gothic era, European Folk music traditions and the voices of the ancestors whispering in the wind and rain of the moors and forests.


Woodwose have delighted audiences in the UK and abroad with their exciting and entertaining performances which juxtapose authentic medieval music with the band's own original compositions written for an array of exotic period instruments. They are equally at home playing at folk festivals, rock festivals, Early Music events and for French Bal.


“Woodwose came to entertain us at Festival at the Edge. The music was enthralling and beautifully played, and the band knew so much about the history of the tunes, where they were played and what for…but don’t get the impression it was a history lecture… they were also extremely funny and told some wonderful stories about each other and their colourful lives as musicians.”


Genevieve Tudor

Radio Shropshire, Director Festival at the Edge

To hear tracks or purchase downloads:-

Dancing Stones CD


"As anyone who saw them at the Blowout will know Woodwose produce medieval-inflected French and Breton dance music of the highest calibre and this, their debut album, does not disappoint: it’s a collection of beautiful tunes played beautifully".


Andy Letcher

Folklorist, Author, Director of Telling the Bees


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