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The Straw Horses
~ darkly delicious original folk music ~
A drawing of a straw horse

News from The Straw Horses


updated July 2021

'Andraste' by The Straw Horses'Andraste', our fourth album, is out now on Spotify, YouTube Music, iTunes, etc.
The physical CD is available only from us at the price of 10 (+ 1.50 p&p UK or 3.00 p&p anywhere else).

The album was co-written by Mavis Ellen Jackson (https://mavisellenjackson.co.uk) and Rob Bray, and features our new singer Imola Vida-Veres accompanied by acoustic guitar, piano, and string quartet to create a dreamy and mesmerising soundscape.  You can get a feel for its sound from this video of the opening song 'Boudica': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRowAckBm3Q
If you'd like to buy a CD, here's a quick PayPal link that takes you straight to the item: https://py.pl/13gaz7  
For non-UK orders, please email contact@thestrawhorses.co.uk


updated August 2020

'The Wheel', our third album, is out now!
It's on all the streaming services and the physical CD is available only from us via contact@thestrawhorses.co.uk

A playlist of all eight songs is also on youtube, although these versions are edited 'taster' versions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGuNmUQZK0ZtMw9a8n4IsJ8TyiJlDHhT8


updated July 2020

'The Wheel', our third album, will be released in August 2020!
The video previews have been taken down to make way for final versions which will be launched when the album goes live.


updated May 2020

Seven of the songs from The Wheel are now available online at youtube.com/LudoPhonographic and on our facebook page - and on our video page right here on this website.


updated March 2020

Work continues on the third album.  Two songs are now ready and available on our videos page. We've done some gigs with new bassist John Rose but live shows are on hold while we work on the completion of the new album.
Our two albums are still (just about) available on CD, and fully downloadable from Soundcloud as hi-res (wav) files.


Dorset Tales:



updated October 2019


Friday 15th November 2019
The Barley Mow, 53 High St, Paulerspury, Towcester NN12 7NA
Double bill with Andy Griffiths
9pm start, 11.30 finish

fb event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/394530538165225/



Sunday 24th November 2019
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne, NN12 7SB
6.30pm - 10pm (Straw Horses 8.40pm - 9.10pm)

fb event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2362194397191403/


updated September 2019

'Mabon - The Falling' from our forthcoming album 'The Wheel'.  Special autumn equinox release available now on the 'video' page.

updated August 2018


Sunday 2nd September 2018
The Songwriter Sessions
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury, Northampton, 7.30pm


updated May 2018


Sunday 10th June 2018
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival


Saturday 28th July 2018

Twinfest, Northampton: The Pomfret Arms


updated October 2017


Tuesday 16th January 2018
The Great Knight Folk Club, Northampton


updated June 2017

Two gigs:

Thursday 22nd June, 8pm
The Pomfret Arms
10 Cotton End, NN4 8BS Northampton
It's the opening gig of Twinfest 2017.  Full details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1035697603228474

Thursday 29th June, 8pm
The Villiers Hotel
3 Castle St, Buckingham MK18 1BS
10 - tickets via the link below.
An evening of spoken word and music, including sets from The Straw Horses and Rob Bray on his own, doing his 'trenchant and irreverent' improvised song-mangling routine.  Full details are here: http://www.bucklitfest.org/product/event-1-1-venessa-the-bard-8-00-pm-thursday-29th-june/


updated May 2017

The Straw Horses will play at YorkieFest, York House, Stony Stratford, at 6pm on Saturday 13th May.  More info: http://york-house.org.uk/events/yorkiefest-2017/


updated April 2017

'Dorset Tales' is released today!  See the panel on the right for where to get it.  More info about the album is on its dedicated page within this website.


updated March 2017

Just back from the MaNo festival in Marburg, Germany, where we played three gigs, saw a load of great bands, caught up with old friends and made a bunch of new ones.  Beautiful!

We've just revised the website to make it work on smaller screens and to get it ready for the launch of the second album, 'Dorset Tales'  It's been in the studio for over a year and is now in the factory.  It'll be out in April.  Follow us on facebook for a run of previews counting down to the launch day, and join our mailing list to be among the first to know when we release it.


updated Jan 2017

Happy New Year to you all!  We played a very special Winter Solstice House Party on December 21st in which we performed our entire Wheel Of The Year suite, interspersed with poems written specially for the occasion.  Remember - house gigs are a great way to enjoy acoustic music like ours.  Let us know if you want one.


Andraste - CD or online

'Andraste' is available on all digital services. The CD is available directly from us via contact@thestrawhorses.co.uk

Front cover of 'Dorset Tales' by The Straw Horses

The Wheel - CD or online

'The Wheel' is available on all digital services. The CD is available directly from us via contact@thestrawhorses.co.uk

Front cover of 'Dorset Tales' by The Straw Horses

Dorset Tales - CD or online

'Dorset Tales' is available on all major digital services. Email us at contact@thestrawhorses.co.uk to order a CD.

Front cover of 'Dorset Tales' by The Straw Horses


Calendar - CD or online

The Straw Horses' debut album 'Calendar' is available from Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Google Play, and other retailers.

Front cover of 'Calendar' by The Straw Horses

We recommend the physical CD option as it comes with a beautiful 27 page booklet containing all the original drawings, lyrics, and backgrounds to the songs. Email us at contact@thestrawhorses.co.uk to order a copy.

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