Woodwose (O.E. wuduwasa, 'wildman of the woods') are a quartet of like-minded musicians who share a passion for ancient, wild and exotic instruments which include: hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, historical oboes, shawms, cittern, percussion, recorders and whistles. The band is an exciting collaboration between Katy Marchant and Steve Tyler of medieval ensemble Daughters of Elvin - with Ann Allen (one of the world's leading exponents of medieval shawm & historical wind instruments) and Sonny Davidson of Primeval, who brings to the ensembe a unique feel for playing traditional dance music from Brittany and France. 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.