Foxwillow are a songwriting/singing duo. They are; Martin who sings, plays guitar, bass and percussion. Celia who sings, plays flute and Clarinet. They write all their own songs and have been working together since 2000. They take their inspiration from all aspects of life, with strong links to the natural environment. Their style fits well into the acoustic ‘singer-songwriter’ genre, with links to folk, country and rock. Their music has been likened to ‘Buckingham and Nicks’ but they aim to maintain a uniqueness, with focus on harmonies, crisp guitar rhythm and melodic flute and clarinet.
Although Foxwillow try to remain unique, they are no doubt influenced by their interest in a wide variety of musical styles from; Simon and Garfunkel, Thea Gilmore, Alison Kraus, Gillian Welsh, KT Tunstall, The Wailin’ Jennys and Richard Shindell to The Levellers, The Oyster Band, Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd!
Foxwillow are at present promoting their new CD ‘Forgotten Shadows’ and are doing a number of live gigs. They are also working on new material which they will be developing and trying out at various music sessions and open mics around and about.
Life before Foxwillow!
Before Foxwillow Martin played in a band called ‘PYG’ that described themselves as ‘Caustic folk’. They played in pubs in the Exeter area between 1993 and 2000.
He also played in a percussion and keyboard group called ‘Drumbeg’ with John Palmer, playing both keyboards and drums/percussion in the early 1990’s.
He has also worked on a number of duo projects including; ‘Meltin Rain’ with multi instrumentalist Lex Mckee and ‘The Offcuts’ with fiddle player Steven Sibbald in the Mid 1990’s.
Martin’s introduction to music was initially though keyboard sound-scapes which he spent hours recording and setting to visuals. He then widened his musical sphere, taking in drums and percussion.
In the late 1980’s Martin started song-writing and playing the guitar, which has led him eventually to ‘Foxwillow’ with Celia.
Before Foxwillow Celia sang in a quartet called ‘The Giddy Aunts’ and a trio called ‘Amavoche’ with Alise Ojay and Jo Bowler which she continues to do, as well as singing in a small harmony group.
She has sung with the Crediton world choir since the 1990’s.
In her 20’s she played bass guitar and sang in pubs and clubs in a covers duo called ‘Driftwood’.
Celia is mostly self taught on the clarinet and flute and enjoys composing riffs and tunes to accompany Foxwillow songs.
Foxwillow began with a chance meeting as Occupational Therapists (They are both Occupational Therapists by profession, but Music is gradually drawing them deeper and deeper In!!!) They soon realised that they had a common and complementary musical passion. This sharing of songs and love of harmonies led to the recording of many demo’s which never really saw the light of day (Yet!!). They then started playing at open mics and small gigs and went by the name of ‘Lemongrass’ Sometimes joined by saxophonist/clarinet Dave Mckeown, from the ‘Joyce Gang’
They often play with Guitarist Lester Halhed —— but only behind closed doors! —— unfortunately he’s not keen to play live!
From time to time they also play with Conga drummer Michael Cole under the name ‘Talk of the Trees’
Martin and Celia both write songs and are at present enjoying putting together new material and promoting their new CD ‘Forgotten Shadows’. The recording and ‘cover creating’ process began in September 2014 and March 2015 saw it’s completion.
Forgotten Shadows represents where Foxwillow are at this moment time and the exciting thing is that you are never quite sure where it will go next and how it will develop! Lets see where we go next!