Well, the group still consists of sister Pat and brothers Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken and Mike. They still record and release the odd album every now and again, the most recent being Stocking Tops produced by the wonderful Mr Steve Rusby. They still sing traditionally orientated songs in unaccompanied harmony, like to have a bit of a laugh and wash it all down with a few odd pints. That's about it really, download that and you'll be fully updated!


It seems unbelievable, though inescapable, that 2008 marks 35 years since Tom, Chris and Steve made their first, tentative foray into harmony group singing. Even more incredible is that it’s almost 30 years since Pat, Ken and Mike joined in, and the line-up has barely altered in that time.
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As individuals we all have our own ideas on who and what has had the greatest influence on our singing and material. The non-hierarchical, selective list that follows is given as the one that we call all best agree on, as being the most influential on us in the early days.
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At home with The Wilson Family

We have always thought of ourselves as quite an unremarkable family, living quite unremarkable lives, indeed when festivals programme us to do a "meet the Wilson family" we are invariably at a loss for words.
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What people say...

"There`s a musical honesty about them that links past and present together. They are among the people who go about singing traditional songs that move me - which I really love, because that's what I try to do. But what appeals to me about them, apart from their musical skill, is their honesty. They are what they are and do what they do and say what they say and it's very direct and I love that. They're not pretenders."
- Dick Gaughan

"The Northern Wilsonia - a vocal orchestra..."
- Peter Bellamy

"They have synthesised the qualities of all their major influences, which sets them apart as one of the foremost harmony groups entertaining folk audiences today"
- Roy Harris

"Singing with the Wilson Family makes life a whole lot easier"
- Louis Killen