“Originality is the greatest asset anyone can possess, the Willows have it in spades - their songwriting and musicianship is mesmerising, 2012 already seems to be raising the bar for quality albums, The Willows debut should be right up there with the best.”
“Absent Friends This is a very sweet, graceful, elegant and folksy sound from The Willows that takes your mind to a faraway place free of worries and cares. The lead vocalist has a unique essence to her voice similar of Ellie Goulding that makes her ever more enchanting. This coupled together with some finely placed harmonies creates quite an exquisite track.”
“Cambridge based quintet, The Willows, appear to be creating a bit of a stir having already supported Lau and Uiscedwr. They've got a debut album due at later in 2011, in the mean time we'll have to make do with their self titled four track EP. To be perfectly honest it's not enough, I keep feeling the sort of tingle I got when I first came across Fairground Attraction. They've got a really lush sound, rich, but still giving clear space to the individual instruments, something they carry on into the vocals, delicate harmonies and strong solos, one to watch. ”
“Formed just last summer and hailing from picturesque Cambridgeshire, The Willows’ debut self-titled EP instantly evokes a rush of feeling and memories. Haunting vocals, and elements of traditional, folk and roots music come together with a distinctly catchy, pop-infused and unmistakably beautiful sound. Their mature melodies are reminiscent of Laura Marling’s earlier tracks, but The Willows’ sound is altogether richer, with a somewhat darker quality. ”
"The Willows quietly exuded talent and musical charm with warmth and assurance. Judging by this performance, they are ready for big success"
“Beautiful...What a Band!!”
"Had the absolute pleasure of seeing The Willows support Lau recently and they were fantastic...beautiful voices, lovely tunes n talented musicianship from a group who still look barely out of college! Buy this EP, see them live and start spreading the news!" (*****)
"The act which stole the stage was undoubtebly The Willows...They played a small selection of both traditional and modern folk songs with astounding musical agility... leaving me in no doubt that they are a group to watch out for over the coming months".
"...Absolutely gorgeous sound, a lovely album..." Bob Harris
"They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way for such a young band; I think they're really really interesting! Bella's Fury has got a sort of feeling of old timey noir about it... I think it's really amazing!" Mike Harding
“Beneath Our Humble Soil is a hugely enjoyable album; with songs that engage and enliven, music that appeals across the board, and there’s no doubt that Jade Ward’s husky tones create bewitching vocal performances. The Willows have developed a winning combination, just as comfortable with a gutsy rendition of their own murder ballad as they are with a foot-stompin’ alt-country protest song. A warm and wonderful release. Folk Radio”
"...The Willows are a breath of fresh air to the folk music community... " Maverick Magazine