Pioneering English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza Carthy, the most passionate and groundbreaking English traditional singer of her generation, first assembled the Wayward Band in 2013 in order to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk music, ‘the last truly underground music scene’. To do this Eliza put together a team of hugely talented musicians from across the UK and together they hit the road to promote her ‘Best Of’ compilation, ‘Wayward Daughter’ (Topic Records), which coincided with a biography of the same name.
Eliza and the Wayward Band loved playing together so much - as well as becoming a festival favourite - that it seemed natural and inevitable, as well as characteristically ambitious, that this 12-piece would set about recording an album. The result, 'Big Machine' has received outstanding reviews across the board, with a 5 star review in The Guardian stating it was ‘...remarkable as much for the quality and range of her singing as for the inventive arrangements’ and leading Folk and Roots magazine fRoots, said it was an '..exhausting whizz-bang barrage of sounds, ideas, technique and colour.”
The Wayward Band line-up is a veritable dream team of musicians comprising Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead), David Delarre (Mawkin), Barn Stradling (Blowzabella), Saul Rose, Beth Porter, Lucy Farrell (Emily Portman Trio), Will Molleson, Andrew Waite (Tyde), Laurence Hunt, Nick Malcolm and Adrien ‘Yen-Yen’ Toulouse.