the wilson family

The glorious, powerful, vocal harmony of The Wilson Family of Billingham, Teesside has rung out in folk clubs and festivals continuously for the last 40+ years. The Brothers sing Traditional and traditionally-orientated songs, with deep understanding, Joy and good humour.

They shared a close friendship with Peter Bellamy and cite him as a major influence, along with The Copper Family, Fred Jordan, The Young Tradition, The Watersons, Johnny Collins & Jim Mageean, amongst many others.

It was Jim Mageean who first invited the Family into a recording studio, in 1979, to contribute to the compilation album “Aall Tegithor Like The Foaks O’ Shields”. Since then, they have produced a number of critically acclaimed albums including, “Horumarye”, the first complete album by any Folk Group or Performer dedicated to the songs of Teesside songwriter, Graeme Miles followed by the defining, “The Wilson Family Album” and “Stocking Tops – Live!”and more latterly “A Grey Lock Or Two”.

They are preparing to go back into the studio and aim to bring out a new album in 2017.

Their admirers are many, both in the UK and overseas, as they continue to impress with their dynamic Live Performances and their versatility is dramatically evident by their collaboration with The Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, The Kathryn Tickell Band and The BBC Singers, during their performance at The Royal Albert Hall, in August 2011, which received universal plaudits from arts critics in the national press.

They have also performed in a number of sell out shows in another of the UK’s premier music venues. The, iconic, Sage in Gateshead, in March 2012, February 2013 and February 2016.

In January 2013, on Kathryn’s recommendation, they recorded nine songs with the world renowned musician and songwriter Sting, for his latest album and performance project: “The Last Ship. The album was released in September 2013 to universal acclaim.

The Brothers then appeared with Sting on The Jools Holland and David Letterman Shows before performing eleven sell-out shows with him at New York’s prestigious Public Theatre, their contribution – including their own acapella interpretation of Peter Bellamy’s “Big Steamers” – gaining outstanding media praise.

In spite of all this, they remain totally committed to their love of Traditional Folk Song. They’ve run a weekly folk club for over 40 years, and continue to do so, as well as regularly performing at folk clubs and festivals up and down the country.

A fuller Family History, musical biography and lots more can be found on their website at