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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby

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Wow! What a great night last night with Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. Cathryn's beautiful voice, Brian's consummate guitar skills and a warmth and engagement with the audience that underlines why they have always been one of Spalding Folk Club's favourite acts! (Martin Browne, 2018)

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09 October 2024
Otley Folk Club


Full details on the Gigs page

May 2024

Cathryn and I are home safely, after our very enjoyable spring tour of "The Mainland". We're thrilled with the reaction we received everywhere and these comments warm the cockles of our hearts!

Here are some lovely reviews:

"Thanks very much indeed to Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, who returned to Twickfolk in style on Sunday night. Cathryn gave us her sublime vocals, and Brian was as dexterous as ever on the guitar. A fabulous night of music and friendship, with Cathryn and Brian both on great form, with wonderful stories, songs and tunes, wrapped in a warm atmosphere - a night to remember. Thank you Cathryn and Brian for weaving your magic!"

"A massive thank you to our much-revered guests, Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby for a delightful evening and an outstanding performance, last Friday, (26th April). An outstanding show comprising of superb songs, delightful vocals and ripping guitar riffs, all rounded off nicely with a good old-fashioned sing-song from the audience. Brilliant! It was an absolute pleasure to host such a talented and professional act and so rare to find artists who are just as bonkers as we all are down at the Woodman Folk Club!"

"Thanks so much to the fabulous Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby -- they remain firm York Folk Club favourites. What a joy to finally meet one of the most accomplished duos on the Americana and Folk scene. They have such an accomplished combination of superb songwriting, virtuouso guitar, beautiful vocals and warm engagement with the audience."

"Just wanted to thank both you and Cathryn for a wonderful show you gave us at the Forest Folk Club on Sunday. As always, it was an evening of great songs and wonderful musicianship. It was also good to see such a large attendance, one of the best at the club in a while."

"A lovely night at Irvine Folk Club last night with Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. A lovely relaxed night with plenty of opportunities to join in and sing along. Cathryn has a wonderful voice and Brian is an excellent guitarist."

December 2023

We've received some more pictures from our tour with Strawbs in the summer. These were taken by Mark Hourahane.

Click on the picture to see in full size.


December 2023

Happy Holidays, everyone!

We've had a great musical year, writing and recording with our young protégée Emily Flanagan and also joining Strawbs for shows in England -- we're looking forward to the release of the album from Cropredy Festival, where Dave Cousins celebrated his retirement from 'live' performance.

There's a spring tour in Scotland / England and we will be doing some shows in Ireland, too.

Here's to 2024!

Cathryn & Brian

August 2023

We're back home, enjoying the company of our dog, Rosie, after a hectic, intensive, but thoroughly enjoyable three weeks of Strawbs activity!

We did three "warm-up" shows, with two nights at Trading Boundaries in Sussex and one at The Tower Theatre in Folkestone, before our Friday evening concert at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival.

Here are some photos from the festival, where we played to over 15,000 people ...


July 2023

Our big news this summer...
We've both joined my old band, Strawbs, for four shows in England in August!
The lineup includes Dave Cousins, John Ford, Blue Weaver and Cathryn and myself, along with three South African musicians, who played on the new Strawbs album. Cathryn also sang on the record.

March 2023

2023 has been busy so far, recording and gigging with other artists here in N.Ireland, as well as our own local shows, but we're looking forward to our trip to England next month and also our autumn tour!

Cathryn & Brian

October 2022

We're back home after a very enjoyable tour of England, with great memories of all the shows and the people we met.

Our programme featured songs from all our album releases and "Twiddly Bits" was well received, too.

Thanks to Andrew Lester for this picture from Folk On The Moor.

We look forward to 2023 - please stay in touch for announcements of dates and venues near you!

Enjoy The Festive Season and see you next time around!

August 2022

We've had a busy summer schedule, with Skagen Festival in Denmark, where we were "In The Round" with Allan Taylor and Andy Irvine. This was a wonderful concert and we made a lot of new friends.The last week of July was filled with various performances at The Fiddler's Green Festival, here in Co.Down and we were invited on to BBC Radio Ulster's "TheTicket" with presenter Kathy Clugston, to publicise the event.

As a finale to our main show, we invited Colum and Ben Sands to join us with vocal harmonies and the musical genius Tim Edey, to play accordeon.

We are looking forward to seeing you again, at our September shows in England!

April 2022

Cathryn and I have just completed our 10-show spring tour of England and we'd like to thank all of you who came to see us, plus our agent and all the promoters involved.

We're now looking forward to the festivals in Denmark and Ireland, in July.

Sales of my "Twiddly Bits" were encouraging and here are a few quotes from proud owners...
"Every track brought a smile to my face, well done … It's a great album … First listen yesterday, love it … Enjoying this muchly … I've been really enjoying listening to this -- very varied tracks, all great music … I hope you enjoyed twiddling your bits as much as I enjoyed listening to you twiddling them ... Great stuff! Really excellent, especially the haunting themes … Each one takes you somewhere new -- what a wonderful journey with these fabulous tracks
… Beautiful listening. Love it … Great music and great playing as always. Lovely mixture of textures throughout the tunes … We are really enjoying the 19 tracks of lovely music, with FAB arrangements of really lovely tunes ... I hope this record reaches a wide audience."

I'm told the tunes make great driving music and the album's available right here, on the website!

February 2022

Exciting news! Brian has been busy writing and recording pieces of music for a new guitar instrumental album called “Twiddly Bits”. The 4-panel digipack contains a 6-page booklet with track explanations, instruments used, etc.

The official release date is set for 25 March 2022 but is available to purchase (pre-order) from the Albums page of this website now.

"Twiddly Bits" features 19 tracks and Brian plays all the instruments, with help from Cathryn's acoustic rhythm guitar on six of the tunes, whistle by Danny McGreevy on one, All-Ireland bodhran champion Niall Quinn on another and drummer Dennis Bryon on a further two.

December 2021

I'm happy to report, that Cathryn and I have had a Covid-free 2021 and kept ourselves busy, mainly recording for other artists.

We enjoyed our twice-weekly show for the Toronto-based Blues & Roots Radio, but preparation for it, was very time-consuming and once we decided to call a halt to it, I was free to concentrate on my album of new instrumental material.

Cathryn was a guest vocalist on Strawbs' record, "Settlement" and she and I recorded an album with the Blues artist, Allison McGrath.

I've been playing 'live' with Allison and also with Stephen Rafferty, winner of Northern Ireland's "Song of the Year" competition. I played the lead guitar parts on Stephen's forthcoming CD.

On November 6th Cathryn and I topped the bill at Denholm Folk Festival -- our first show since February 14th 2020! We enjoyed meeting old friends and we're looking forward to gigs in Ireland, the UK, Holland and Denmark next year.

Cathryn has become a first-class baker, with my favourite being her ginger cake, so look out for her on Masterchef!

Merry Christmas to everyone and we hope 2022 is a happier year, all-round!

Brian (and Cathryn)

August 2021

Donna & Joe Murray very kindly filmed us for their "Sessions In The House" series and this is our song "These Old Stone Walls", written after a trip around Ireland with Brian's Uncle Tommy Pendleton, from Melbourne, Australia.

You can see it here

Brian is busy putting the finishing touches to the new instrumental album... more news on that to follow!

Cathryn & Brian

July 2021

Hello everyone

We hope this finds you all in good health and looking forward to 'live' music again!

Please take a look at Cathryn's appearance in Episode 3 of "Both Sides Now", hosted by Oonagh Derby. You'll find it on Facebook, posted by Redbox Creative Ltd.

We're still singing and playing on other people's recording projects, but we're also writing new material and there's a new guitar instrumental album on the way!

Our career as Radio Presenters is going well with the brilliant Toronto-based www.bluesandrootsradio.com on Fridays at 5.30 p.m. and repeats on Sundays at 11.00 p.m. (UK time).

All the best and stay safe,
Cathryn & Brian

January 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

In spite of Covid restrictions, we've managed to keep ourselves occupied, mainly singing and playing on other people's recording projects... Cathryn has sung a duet with Dave Cousins for the new Strawbs album, I'm on Damian Wilson's latest single "Hard To Keep Faith", I've played on Rose Brennan's new record and we've both contributed to Blues singer / songwriter Allison McGrath's forthcoming album.

We also have a new career, as Radio Presenters!

"Stories & Songs", is on Harbourside Radio, our local internet station, every Thursday from 5.30 - 6.30 p.m. GMT... and our exciting news, is that the Toronto-based international radio network, Blues & Roots Radio, has invited us to join its team.

The Blues & Roots shows will be on Fridays at 5.30 p.m. GMT and repeated on Sundays at 11.00 p.m. GMT.

We play music by artists we've worked with or where we have a personal connection and we tell a story to go with each song.
Please join us!

All the best and stay safe,
Cathryn & Brian

October 2020

With no sign of 'live' dates in sight, we've been busy, recording for other people's projects...

Cathryn has sung a duet with Dave Cousins, for a forthcoming Strawbs album, we've worked on a new record by our Nashville friend, Brent Moyer, I've played on new albums by Rose Brennan and Allison McGrath and we've both been involved with Lemonade Marinade, a group formed by DJ and songwriter David Dee Moore, to raise funds for PIETA,an organisation providing free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.

However, our big news is that we are now presenters on our local internet radio station, www.harboursideradio.com!

On Thursdays from 5.30 -- 6.30 p.m., our show "Stories and Songs" features artists who have influenced us, or we have known or worked with and stories about them. From Al Bowlly to The Beatles, from Darlene Love to Bert Jansch, we play their music and tell our stories!

Please tune in and hopefully we'll see you next year!

Cathryn & Brian

August 2020

After a great start to the year with some home-territory shows and the briefest-of-brief visit to Nashville we've been forced, like all other musicians, to wonder when 'live' music might return.

Re-scheduling for 2021 is not a certainty, but we will endeavor to put as many dates in as possible.

Meanwhile, we've both been busy recording for other artists, including Strawbs, John Hinshelwood, Rose Brennan and Allison McGrath. We also contributed to a charity single, organised by David Dee Moore, in Westport, Co.Mayo.

We look forward to seeing everyone a.s.a.p., so please stay safe for us!

Cathryn & Brian

November 2019

From Colum Sands..."Congratulations Cathryn and Brian on a wonderful album launch last night. It was great to be a small part of it and even better to sit back and hear all the new songs and to appreciate how many of them honour the place that you have come to call home. Excellent music from Dermie McQuaid and Paul French in the mix too...never before have I seen and heard so many guitars in the same room being played so beautifully as last night, well done to you all!"

Stage set up - before the show

During the show - In full flow


The Cooley & Mourne Album Launch
19 November 2019

We're delighted to be doing an album launch at The Studio, 38-40 Church Street, Warrenpoint (above Superdrug). Performing with us on the night will be some of the artists who played on the CD, namely Dermie McQuaid, Paul French, Colum Sands and Fergal Hughes.

Tickets are £10 and can be obtained from The Willow Cafe in Warrenpoint.

Doors: 7pm

October 2019

After a great UK tour, we're settled back in Ireland, looking forward to local shows and the "launch" of our new CD 'The Cooley & Mourne'.

We're sending the album out to radio DJs and magazines and we'll be thrilled if they come back with something like this, our first review, by The Spill Magazine in America...

"The Cooley & Mourne is a fantastic album. It is beautifully recorded, sequenced perfectly and Craig and Willoughby have never sounded more confident…Cathryn’s vocals are perfect for the songs, bringing a sense of nostalgia, while Brian continues to stand as one of the best guitarists today. His style is easy, somewhat mellow, but always effective. The instrumental tunes are fitted perfectly and they serve to remind us all of the expert instrumentation going on in this remarkable album."

August 2019

Cathryn and I are touring shortly, to promote our new album! "The Cooley & Mourne" features 15 tracks, including four guitar instrumentals and we had brilliant help from some of Northern Ireland's finest...Dermot McQuaid on bass, banjo, whistle and harmonica...Paul French on piano...Fergal Hughes on drums and Colum Sands on double bass.

Sound engineer Steve Fearnley co-produced the project with us.

Thanks to Desislava Bozhilova for the cover painting and Gary Willoughby for the artwork.

Please come and see us if we're in your area!

July 2019

We've been busy recording with engineer Steve Fearnley, who was trained by Tom Newman of "Tubular Bells" fame. There are 9 new songs, 3 instrumentals and 2 re-recordings.

It's a very guitar-orientated album, with lots of electric guitar but with splashes of other instruments in support.

We will have it ready for the upcoming autumn tour!

Meanwhile, we're looking forward to our Fiddler's Green Festival appearances:-

Sunday 21st July at The Lecture Theatre, as part of an environmental concert
Tuesday, 23rd July "Lunchtime Folk Club"
Friday 26th July Brian will be playing with Rose Brennan

August will find us busy putting the finishing touches to the new CD... onwards and upwards!!

April 2019

We were thrilled to be invited to take part in Strawbs' 50th Anniversary celebrations, in Lakewood, New Jersey USA, over the last weekend of April. We performed their entire "Grave New World" album, with John Ford, Blue Weaver, Dave Cousins, Wesley Stace, Tony Fernandez and Eric Bazilian from The Hooters.

"Blue Angel" was accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra, with parts written by Strawbs' gifted keyboard player and guitarist Dave Bainbridge.

Cathryn sang with the orchestra (conducted by famed producer Tony Visconti), the 50-piece United Nations choir, Strawbs with me, Strawbs without me and also a solo on "Songbird", written by Blue Weaver and BeeGee Barry Gibb.

I played both electric and acoustic guitar, with various lineups of the band and Cathryn and I played our own set to the 900 enthusiastic fans, (see review belowby Aaron Badgley of SPILL Magazine) who welcomed us with a standing ovation and the Mayor of Lakewood presented me with a proclamation, in honour of my service to music!

review by Aaron Badgley

picture by Matt Condon

picture by Matt Condon

It was a memorable weekend and the 15-camera shoot will no doubt prove to be a great DVD.

Brilliant sound engineer Paul Smith's 70-channel desk also captured the sound for a future series of CDs.

Now to resume our own recording schedule!

All the best,

December 2018 RTE Radio and Merry Christmas

We are thrilled to be 'live' guests on "Today with Sean O'Rourke" on RTÉ Radio 1, 88.5FM,
Thursday 13 December - 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

A little Christmas offering from us, recorded by James Mason. The song was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene... https://soundcloud.com/brianwilloughby1/mary-did-you-know

November 2018 New agent


Cathryn and I are delighted to announce we are to be represented by Lorraine Carpenter of Different Strings Music Agency!


2018 saw us breaking new ground in Ireland, with The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Fiddler's Green Festival, Omagh's American Folk Park Independence Day Festival and Donegal's B.A.N.D. Festival in Dunfanaghy.


We also toured the UK extensively and were invited back to Madame Guitare Festival in Tricesimo, Italy and to the English Folk Club in Spain.

We have written material for a new album and “played it in” on our recent tour. The emphasis is on more "chorus" songs, which went down very well, with audiences singing along and we’re looking forward to recording them, for release in 2019!

Here's to a great partnership with Lorraine ... contact details via www.differentstrings.co.uk

October 2018 tour

6 weeks! Wow, that was a long tour, but all the performances were really enjoyable, with brilliant singing audiences and lots of new faces.

Our new songs went down very well and we’re looking forward to recording them, now that they’re “played in”.

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to see us and the organisers who did a great job in promoting the shows.

picture by Andrew Lester at Folk On The Moor

picture by Allan Wilkinson at Roots Music

Here’s to the next outing in spring 2019, although that will involve a less punishing schedule and less time separated from our little dog, Rosie!



September 2018 Madame Guitare Festival

We've always enjoyed playing in Italy and our second invitation to the Madame Guitare Festival was no exception!

Wonderful venues, both in the civic theatre and the town square, brilliant hospitality and world-class fellow performers, made for a memorable weekend.

Here is a link to a clip from our show on Sunday afternoon...


Autumn 2018 upcoming tour

After a wonderful run of summer festivals, both in England and Ireland (I think the photos show the fun we've had recently, playing with The Sands, Ralph McTell and Irish legend Shay Healy), we're looking forward to a busy September and October.

With return visits to Spain, for the English Folk Club in Torrevieja and to Italy, for the Madame Guitare Festival in Tricesimo, we'll be ready to tour England and Scotland and we look forward to catching up with you all, somewhere during the hectic schedule!

May 2018 Festivals and new songs

After a brilliant spring tour, rounded off by a rousing return to Wath Festival, we're gearing up for summer festivals, in Counties Donegal, Tyrone, Humberside and Down.


Photo at Wath by Phil Carter

We've written new songs and we'll be recording them soon, with new pals.

A big "thank you" goes out to all the promoters and audiences who came to see us in April and May and we look forward to meeting friends old and new in June and July.

March 2018 BelNash and upcoming April tour

We had a wonderful time at The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival weekend... On the Friday evening, we had a concert in our own right...On Saturday morning we were guests on BBC Ulster's John Toal Show, followed by an invitation to accompany Benny Gallagher and Graeme Lyle on The Gerry Kelly Show...Saturday evening saw us singing and playing with Benny and Graeme on their sell-out concert...On Sunday afternoon, the four of us performed together again, this time with Benny and Graeme joining in on our material, too!

Our spring tour begins on April 12th - see gigs page for full details of upcoming shows.

We're looking forward to meeting old friends and new on this next UK trip, so please come and say "hello"!

January 2018 Happy New Year to everyone!

We're excited about our show at The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, on Friday 9th March and we'll also be taking part in an "In The Round" session with other songwriters, on the afternoon of Sunday 11th March.

A mini-tour starts 12th April and ends on 6th May at Wath-upon-Dearne Festival, where we will be opening the evening concert featuring Barbara Dickson. Full details on the gigs page.

The B.A.N.D. Festival in Dunfanaghy, Co.Donegal, has invited us back again this year, and we'll be playing in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church on Friday 22nd June.

We have new songs in the pipeline and we can't wait to be back in the studio.
Watch this space!

December 2017 Merry Christmas everyone

This year has seen us cover a lot of miles! Touring, plus moving house, has had us up and down the UK almost as if our car bumper was attached to a long-distance lorry!

Punitive ferry costs and ever-upward-spiralling motoring expenses have left us considering the purchase of a helicopter, although we’ve got to get Cathryn a UK driving licence before putting her in for her pilot’s exams.

We’ve had a fantastic run of shows throughout the year and we thank everyone involved, from promoters to sound engineers, to faithful audiences. Support from radio DJs has been brilliant and our song “The Cooley and Mourne” has earned significant airtime.

Val Monteith-Towler has done a sterling job in maintaining our website and organising tour dates for us, in between ukulele classes and marathon country walks!

We look forward to the next tour, starting in April, by which time, we should have some more recordings under our belts, with the help of our new musician friends in Ireland.

Wishing everyone a happy Festive Season and great times in 2018!

November 2017 "The Cooley & Mourne"

Our new song "The Cooley & Mourne", featuring Ben Sands, Colum Sands and Brendan Monaghan is now available to purchase.

Available as a download only go to the Albums page for different options.

October 2017 Autumn tour Part One and new song

Off we go on our autumn jaunt around the British Isles starting with Woodman Folk Club on the 20th (full details on the gigs page). We're looking forward to meeting old friends and new!

Our new song, "The Cooley & Mourne", telling the story about Brian moving back to his native Northern Ireland, is recorded, mixed and ready to go. With Colum Sands engineering and co-producing, we also added his concertina and double bass and his big brother Ben is on backing vocals. On bodhran and Uilleann pipes, we feature the very talented Brendan Monaghan.

Hope you like it!

August 2017 Gigs and new song

After two great Irish festivals, B.A.N.D. in Co.Donegal and Fiddler's Green in Co.Down, we're back in England and Wales for a few shows. Check out our gigs page for full details of these and other gigs. Hope to see you there.

Our new song "The Cooley and Mourne" is going down well and we've recorded it, adding Ben and Colum Sands on mandolin and concertina.

In September, we'll add cello and whistles, before sending it out to radio DJs.

Wish us luck!

May 2017 Brilliant Spring Tour and more...

After a brilliant Spring Tour we're heading off to Nashville for some studio recording with ours pals Reckless Johnny Wales and Bob E Baker, plus the odd guest appearance in the local with Brent Moyer and "Tall" Tony Laiolo.

We've got some new material on the boil and we're looking forward to involving some of our new Irish pals in recording it on our return.

The exciting festivals BAND in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal and Fiddler's Green in Co. Down are looming and we hope they'll lead to further shows in Ireland.

Also, we'd like to welcome the lovely Val as our new representative - see Contact Us.

Here's to meeting up with friends old and new on our next jaunt!

April 2017 For Folks Sake

We thoroughly enjoyed our "For Folks Sake" radio show with Dessie Fisher on Drive 105.3 in Derry, on April 4th!

Dessie is a great, informed interviewer and we could easily have spent twice the time, talking to him.

Thank you to Andy Peters for the introduction!

March 2017: Folking.Com 2017 Awards

We are delighted to have been nominated in the "Best Duo" category for the Folking Awards 2017. Here's the link to the awards page and it would be great if you could vote for us: The 2017 Folking Awards (you need to scroll to the bottom of the page).

March 2017: Ireland, Facebook and upcoming tour

After much to-ing and fro-ing, we're almost settled in our new home overlooking Carlingford Lough, in Co.Down, N.Ireland.

We've had fantastic help from our team of builders, our neighbours and the locals in our newly-adopted watering holes.

New songs are on the boil, mostly inspired by our new surroundings and soon, we will be posting short clips of ourselves, rehearsing the material, with stunning background views - keep an eye on our FaceBook page for more on this.

The spring dates start on Friday and we're looking forward to meeting everyone over the next few weeks.

On April 4th., we're doing For Folks Sake on DRIVE 105 (105.3fm), 'live' with Dessie Fisher, at 8.30 pm.

After a very successful show for our new local Folk Club, Crawfords in Rostrevor, we're delighted to have been invited to play at The BAND Festival - Bluegrass And Nashville Dunfanaghy, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, in June and Rostrevor's Fiddler's Green Festival in July.

Hopefully, one of the spring shows will be in your area - please come and say "hello"!

January 2017: Happy New Year

Let's hope 2017 is a great year for all of us!

New songs, new venues and new friends are on the way and we've settled in to our new life in Ireland, surrounded by great music.

2016 was productive and we thank everyone who came to see us, or bought one of our records, either at a show or via the internet.

Val has done a sterling job maintaining this website and thank you for visiting!

Hopefully, we'll see you at a show somewhere in your area this year!

December 2016: Christmas song

We’ve recently recorded a beautiful Christmas song which is written by Buddy Greene and Mark Lowry called "Mary Did You Know".

You can listen to an extract here.

The complete song is available to download from Amazon.


October 2016: Busy times

We’re delighted to welcome our new representatives, Pam and John Knighton! We met when they invited us to perform at BAMFEST last year and we’re excited to be working with them in this new relationship. Pam and John can be reached on 07754 470133 or via info@knightonmm.co.uk

We’ve been very busy flitting from London to our new home in Ireland, to Spain and to Nashville, where we both resumed our studio session careers, working on a new album by songwriter Reckless Johnny Wales.

We’re now ready for our autumn tour, to promote the new ‘live’ album, recorded at St.Pancras Old Church in London, on the last show of our spring tour. We’re thrilled that “This Night, These Dreams and You” from the album, has been played extensively on several stations on the Blues & Roots Radio network!

We’ve added two dates in Holland, one in Dublin and we’re looking forward to all the UK shows which kick off on the 21st October at Deal Folk Club. Check our Gigs page to keep up to date with where we are.

Dublin City FM DJ Peter Grogan, has put together a charity record, in aid of ArtAid. World, a voluntary group of artists who use the arts to help fight HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. We were invited to donate a track and “Alice’s Song” appears alongside offerings from several other artists.

We hope you can come and see us somewhere near you on the tour! Bring a friend!

July 2016: We got married!

Last Friday - 22nd July - Cathryn Craig became... Mrs.C.Willoughby!

We've been together for 19 years, but the triplets are due next month, so we thought we'd better make them legitimate.

Our minister was The Right Reverend Phil Kaufman, RMD (Road Mangler Deluxe) and we had about 20 guests that we've known for over 20 years, here in Nashville.

Our ring-bearers were Patti and Michael Snow and the photos were taken by Denise Fussell.

July 2016: live album and upcoming gigs

The last show of our spring tour took place at St Pancras Old Church in London and was recorded live. We are thrilled with the results of the recording and we're very happy to be releasing the project as an album on 1st August 2016 - see In Concert Saint Pancras Old Church for more detail.

This is a departure for us, as we have always preferred 'studio' to 'live' recording and we hope you like it!

We're looking forward to next month when you can catch up with us at Broadstairs Folk Week and Saltburn Folk Festival - see our gigs page for more information.

March 2016: Great album reviews

We are delighted that our new album In America is receiving such great reviews. You can read more about these here.

'In America' has been 'Album Of The Week' on Blues & Roots Radio, FATEA'S 'Along The Tracks' and in Ireland on Charlie McGettigan's Arts Programme on Shannonside Radio.

Colum Sands on BBC Ulster did a half hour programme on us featuring the album and we've had significant play on RTE by Niall Toner and on Dublin City FM by Noel Casey and Peter Grogan.

Several stations on the Blues & Roots network have given us regular airplay here in the UK, in Canada, the US and Australia. We often appear on Brian Player's 'Acoustic Cafe'

January 2016: New Album In America now officially released

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 best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs and also with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.

Both Cathryn and Brian have accompanied Nanci Griffith.



“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.

Their current studio album, 'In America' features their most personal songs, recorded with "A Team" Nashville musicians

August 2016 saw the release of a 'live' recording, In Concert, from St. Pancras Old Church in London.

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.
Cathryn and Brian


“They catch a mood that could produce goosebumps on sheet metal"
(The Glasgow Herald)

“Long live traditional music, even when it's only just been written”
(The Living Tradition)

“…sublime guitar work and one of the finest voices around”

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