Filkin’s Ensemble

As the sheer joy and energy radiating from the stage combines with a sophisticated musicianship, Filkin’s Ensemble produce a musical experience like no other. In collaboration with singer Ellie Gowers, their distinctive style of ‘orchestral-folk’ forges a new path for traditional music.

The ensemble’s contemporary arrangements of traditional songs combine a string quartet, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, guitars, recorder, and orchestral percussion. This eclectic instrumental line-up joins forces with Ellie Gowers, whose work was described by The Guardian as being ‘full of delicacy, precision and gentle delight‘.

Filkin’s Ensemble is the bold vision of Seth Bye and Chris Roberts (aka. Filkin’s Drift) who have recently earned widespread acclaim for an 870-mile foot-powered-tour, with national airtime on BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 6 Music, and BBC World Service. Forming Filkin’s Ensemble in 2020, Seth Bye and Chris Roberts now bring together 14 of the UK’s finest young folk musicians in an adventurous collaboration. 

They create a sound that is truly joyful


Hugely entertaining

R2 Magazine