Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
International Songwriters And Performers
Staggeringly good...truly magical guitar work, vocals to lift your heart and soul, with songs that are utterly unforgettable
November 2015: Thank You, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
We’d like to thank the DJs, promoters and audiences we met on this autumn tour – we’ve had lots of airplay on the new album (including "Album of the Week" on two Irish stations) and all our shows were well attended, with encouraging sales of "In America".
Our heartfelt thanks also to Val and Jimmy of jiva, who put great energy into creating this new website. Sadly, Jimmy lost his battle for life recently and we will miss his retort "It’s an absolute pleasure" each time we asked his direction regarding the site. It's still an "absolute pleasure" working with Val!
We wish everyone an enjoyable festive season and a Happy New Year and we look forward to our 2016 shows – please keep an eye on our "Gigs" page for new additions.
October 2015: New album In America available now
We're proud to announce our latest CD 'In America', featuring some of our most personal songs, recorded in Nashville this summer. The digi-pack design includes a 12-page booklet, containing lyrics and brief backgrounds to the material. You can order the CD from the Albums page or from the In America page where you can also listen to soundbites.
The CD, or individual tracks is also available from iTunes and Amazon.
Cathryn Craig is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. She has sung with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen.
Her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book "English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians".
Brian Willoughby is well known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.
Both have accompanied Nanci Griffith.
“They catch a mood that could produce goosebumps on sheet metal"
“Long live traditional music, even when it's only just been written”
“…sublime guitar work and one of the finest voices around”
Their “Alice’s Song” was an Aled Jones “highlight of the year” on BBC Radio 2.
Cathryn was Simon Mayo's star guest on BBC Radio 2Day, live from Nashville.
The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton named the duo as his “Folk Gig Pick” in 2015.
“Real World” is the current album, featuring live studio recordings of strong Craig / Willoughby compositions…
Thanks for dropping by. Rest a while here on our website where you can listen to our music, watch a video or two and see where we’re playing.