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Welcome to the official realm of Wilde Roses!

We are multi-instrumentalists, singers, composers, and performers exploring the exquisite historical music and folk stories of the British Isles. 

Wilde Roses - led by singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and passionate researcher Anna Tam and featuring singer and medieval wind performer Emily Baines, and medieval plucked string and percussion performer Arngeir Hauksson - are musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world. Our repertoire is drawn from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. Fascinated by the stories in these songs - medieval religious imagery so beautifully infused with nature; renaissance tales of piracy, jilted lovers and general folly alongside some of the most sincere and tender love songs that reach to the heart of life and human relationships - we are moved by a desire to explore and recreate the sound world of this historical repertoire and to share these exquisite songs with present day audiences.
 
Our debut album is available to order from our online shop

 

Reviews

ROCK'N'REEL MAGAZINE - Jan 2018
4/5 

FOLKING.COM
... a two-dimensional snapshot of the work of two multi-dimensional performers: multi-instrumentalists, singers, composers and dancers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden. READ MORE

FATEA
'... a study in beauty of apparently atonal modality showing how much our collective ears have changed in the intervening centuries. What they pull it off is a testament to the skill and hard work of these two remarkable musicians' READ MORE

FOLK WORDS
'Taking inspiration from illuminated manuscripts, courtly songbooks, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition, they pull you inexorably into a delicate fabric of instruments and voices.' READ MORE

Radio Airplay

BBC Radio Shropshire, the Genevieve Tudor Folk show
BBC Radio Kent, Kent Folk with Doug Welsh
BBC 6 Music, the Tom Robinson Show
Moorlands Radio in Cheshire, the Anything Goes roots show
BCB Radio in Bradford, the Into The Buttercup roots show 
Argyll FM in Scotland, Folk At Five show
Eden FM in the North East, Eden Folk show
Blues and Roots Radio, Folk Garden Show
Tempo FM in Yorkshire, the FAB Folk and Blues show
Triangle Radio in Gloucestershire, Chris Arscott’s Folk show
Felixstowe Radio in Suffolk, Roots and Shoots show 
Blues and Roots Radio, Brian Player Acoustic Café
The Folk Hour presented by Max Roberts, goes out on 106.9FM WHCR  - 101.8 Vixen FM - 106.9FM Drystone Radio - Beverley FM
West Norfolk Radio, the folk show presented by Jane Clayton
10 Radio in Somerset – Folk, Roots and Branches Show
Saint FM in Essex, Sound Of Folk show
Forest FM in Hampshire, Forest Folk Show
Folkal Point Show, several stations in Scotland
Swindon 105.5FM, Crooked Road Show presented by Mike Ganley
Hermitage FM in Leicestershire, Hermitage Folk
Resonance 104.4FM, the Late Lute Breakfast