About

The Foxglove Trio seek out lesser-known traditional and contemporary folk songs and, with care and creativity, transform them into moments of breath-taking beauty.

Since forming in 2010 these talented musicians have built a powerful signature sound based on Patrick Dean’s bold melodeon playing, Cathy Mason’s intricate cello lines and Ffion Mair’s clear, soaring vocals.

A review of their debut full album, These Gathered Branches, commented that “the interest never wanes” when listening to The Foxglove Trio (R2 magazine). The group keep their audiences entertained by not only singing in both English and Welsh but by adding tight vocal harmonies, guitar, whistle, bodhran and even a second cello to enrich the band’s sound.

The Foxglove Trio’s intriguing repertoire and imaginative arrangements are presented with an infectious energy and an effortless charm. Their passionate performances will captivate you and take you on a journey from subtly political contemporary songs to jaunty Yorkshire tales and soulful Welsh laments.

Ffion Mair

Ffion Mair sings in Welsh and English and plays whistle and bodhran. She has won several singing awards including third prize in the 2012 Trad to Mad competition, Best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011 and she was a New Roots Finalist in 2010.

Ffion sings solo and writes a blog about Welsh folk songs. She also dances with Tower Ravens

Cathy Thomson

Cathy Thomson plays a whole host of instruments but, with The Foxglove Trio, concentrates on guitar, cello and singing.

She is currently employed as Assistant Musical Director at St George’s School, Ascot.

Patrick Dean

Patrick Dean plays melodeon, cello and concertina and also sings.

In addition to playing with The Foxglove Trio he plays with several ceilidh bands and the Welsh string orchestra, the Bagad Grwndi. He also dances with Thrales Rapper.