The Wandering Hearts return with new album “Mother”

Credit: Stewart Baxter

British trio The Wandering Hearts will release their new album “Mother” on 22nd March. Produced by Steve Milbourne, their Chrysalis Records debut is a handcrafted patchwork of folk-style storytelling, hooks and rock energy threaded together by their luminous signature harmonies. It’s described as “a long-lost seventies album originally made in Laurel Canyon and dusted off in some vintage London record store 50 years later.” The Wandering Hearts, who recently completed an extensive North American tour and are currently performing at major radio stations across the US, have announced a UK and Ireland tour in March and April. Available now for pre-order, the new album will be released digitally, on CD and LP, including exclusive, signed coloured vinyl and a limited number of test pressings. You can listen to the first single to be taken from the album ‘River To Cry’ below.

The clue to the theme of “Mother” is in its name – that of maternal transformation. The band, Tara Wilcox [vocals], A.J. Dean [vocals, acoustic guitar] and Francesca ‘Chess’ Whiffin [vocals, mandolin], chronicle this season of growth and change across eleven tracks. “I was pregnant when we started making the record, and Tara was pregnant when we finished it,” notes Chess. “During the process, we really found ourselves as a band. Motherhood has helped us grow and find meaning. It brought our writing and performing to a different level.”

The group worked out of Chess’s home studio in Darlington, drawing on everything from folk to rock. Surrounded by guitars, a vintage piano and classic equipment, the music gestated in a room affectionately dubbed, “The Music Womb.” A.J. goes on, “This album started as a folk EP and grew into something entirely different.  It has elements of folk, rock, blues, pop and more with our voices tying it all together. We were really just making an album for us. We think the result is the best music we’ve ever made.”

You can get tickets for their forthcoming tour from this link.


1. About America
2. Still Waters
3. Tired
4. Letter To Myself
5. Hold Your Tongue
6. Waiting
7. Dance Again
8. Not Misunderstood
9. River To Cry
10. Will You Love Me
11. What Fools Believe


Tues 26 – Edinburgh, The Queen’s Hall
Weds 27 – Belfast, The Deer’s Head
Thurs 28 – Dublin, The Workman’s Cellar
Sun 31 – Birmingham, The Mill

Tues 2 – Manchester, Gorilla
Weds 3 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Thurs 4 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Fri 5 – Sheffield, Leadmill
Sun 7 – Bristol, The Fleece
Mon 8 – Brighton, Komedia
Tues 9 – Oxford, O2 Academy
Thurs 11 – Norwich, Arts Centre
Fri 12 – London, Electric Brixton
Sat 13 – Cardiff, Tramshed


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Alan Peatfield

Is it just me …. or does AJ Dean remind anyone else of Chris Hillman?? Must be all that talk of “long lost Seventies albums originally made in Laurel Canyon.” …. and I am old enough to remember them! Oh, by the way, it is a great track.

Joe R

oh my, you’ve done it again Mark. Hadn’t heard of these guys, and am absolutely blown away by “River to Cry”. Will definitely be buying the album and will check out their other albums. Thanks mate!