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The Wilderness Yet

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This started out life as a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins called Inversnaid. Rowan set it to music and added three stanzas to build on the message of that iconic last verse which we sing here as a chorus.


This darksome burn, horseback brown,
His rollrock highroad roaring down,
In coop and in comb the fleece of his foam
Flutes and low to the lake falls home.

A windpuff-bonnet of fáwn-fróth
Turns and twindles over the broth
Of a pool so pitchblack, féll-frówning,
It rounds and rounds Despair to drowning.

Chorus: What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Degged with dew, dappled with dew
Are the groins of the braes that the brook treads through,
Wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern,
And the beadbonny ash that sits over the burn.

Where hares hold council and dread-drakes sport
The cope-carlied trout to the turf resort
And boglarks flout their fine fanfare
Corkscrewing song through the high sky air.

Hear the bleating heather-blades
And bitterns as the daylight fades
A symphony of sound and then
The silence from the world of men.

When all is seared and smeared with toil
Man’s smudge and smell ploughed through the soil
He’ll plod his shod unfeeling feet
Onwards ‘cross the cold concrete.


from The Wilderness Yet, released July 24, 2020
Rowan Piggott – lead vocal
Rosie Hodgson – vocal harmony
Philippe Barnes – vocal harmony

Rowan Piggott – mixing
Sam Proctor – mastering
Adam Oehlers – artwork


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The Wilderness Yet combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes. Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave a tapestry of traditional & self-penned songs with a charm and familarity that is usually only found in seasoned line-ups.​ ... more

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