Exeter, England-based burgeoning acoustic-rock trio, Wildwood Kin is a family event comprised of sisters' Emilie Key (Guitar) and Beth Key (Bouzouki/Keyboards) Key, and cousin Meghann Loney (Drums). Wildwood Kin returned in 2019 with their self-titled second album via Silvertone Records/Sony. Completely fulfilling the band’s artistic vision, it’s as natural as it is accomplished. The trio’s vocals harmonise effortlessly, there are shades of Simon & Garfunkel, Bear’s Den and early Fleet Foxes in the beautifully gentle folk rock melodies, and its lyrics address profound themes like love, loss and spirituality. Without a doubt, Wildwood Kin are a band of equals with each member contributing equally to their unique sound. But above all, there’s a spirit to the record that’s as wild and free as the West Country moors where they grew up.
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What is your favorite word to describe Exeter?
What word best reflects the people of Exeter?
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Exeter?
Dartmoor holds a special place for us; exploring its vast hilly, rocky and desolate plains, it’s so beautiful and we’ve had a lot of memories made there with family. It’s also a place we’ve often retreated to on days off or if we like to go and pray or reflect.
Dartmoor National Park is 368 square miles or 954 square kilometres. It’s about 20 miles from North to South and 20 miles from East to West. That means it’s roughly the same size as London, or about the same size as 20,000 football pitches.
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Exeter?
Probably walking in the countryside with the family on Dartmoor or by a river or canal. There’s also some great places to go canoeing or kayaking.
What is your favorite indoor activity in Exeter?
There’s some great coffee shop hangs in Exeter. Forestreet is our favourite for finding coffee shops or artsy local creative places to buy gifts. But we’re mainly outdoorsy people.
What is your favorite sound or noise in Exeter?
Hearing the wildlife on Exeter quay and the sounds of the river Exe.
What is your favorite smell or taste in Exeter?
A lovely roast dinner at a local Devonshire pub.
What drink best reflects Exeter?
Although none of us are cider drinkers, cider is definitely the Exeter favourite. Also a classic English breakfast tea that you’d accompany with a devonshire cream tea.
What song or type of music best reflects Exeter?
Probably folk music or sea shanty.
Sea shanty is a type of work song that was once commonly sung to accompany labor on board large merchant sailing vessels.
If Heaven were Exeter, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“Welcome to Devon Heaven. Don’t be in too much of a hurry, you’ll likely get stuck behind a tractor...”