Narthen are Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai, 5 time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley, Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works, and – until his death in 2021 – Barry Coope of Coope Boyes and Simpson.

The quartet was previously known under their own names for Christmas shows and as part of shows with the author Michael Morpurgo.

They became an all year group performing songs in four part harmony, but also instrumentalists and augmented some of the repertoire with accompaniment on piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, and whistles.