The Wilson Family
The Wilson Family is an English folk music group from Billingham, North East England. They have been singing and performing a cappella folk songs since 1974. Over those decades the group members have consisted of sister Pat and five brothers: Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken and Mike.
The accepted benchmark for powerhouse unaccompanied singing, they were awarded the Gold Badge of the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS) in 2017, the highest honour the society can bestow.
The present-day group are the original core members, Tom, Chris, Steve and youngest brother Mike.
“They have a family sound and a natural, bone-deep understanding of music and harmony. And it’s quite something.” Sting
“There`s a musical honesty about them that links past and present together. They are among the people who go about singing traditional songs that move me – which I really love, because that’s what I try to do. But what appeals to me about them, apart from their musical skill, is their honesty. They are what they are and do what they do and say what they say and it’s very direct and I love that. They’re not pretenders.” Dick Gaughan
“The Northern Wilsonia – a vocal orchestra!” – Peter Bellamy
“They have synthesised the qualities of all their major influences, which sets them apart as one of the foremost harmony groups entertaining folk audiences today” – Roy Harris
“Singing with the Wilson Family makes life a whole lot easier” – Lou Killen