Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
Alexander's Live, Chester.
This event is for 12 and over - No refunds will be issued for under 12s.
*Please bring student ID proving status with you to be checked on the door if purchasing student ticket
Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
25th Anniversary Tour!
The UK's biggest folk band, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, stage their 25 th Anniversary
tour in 2022.
"Truly the most joyous noise I have ever heard and re-affirming my faith in the potential of the
human race." Jon Bens
The band's touring line-up features a stage-challenging 50 members. Among them are 15 horns, four
cellos, five percussionists, five electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, electric bass, acoustic
guitars, and an accordion. They sing too.
Formed in 1997 at Birmingham’s prestigious Conservatoire by fiddle player and arranger Joe
Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
have established a reputation for creating energetic and powerful shows. Their increasingly popular
live appearances - especially at such festivals as Cropredy, Towersey, Shambala and Kendal Calling
- have left audiences ecstatic and even (at Towersey) moved to tears.
Still based at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the personal influences of each member shapes
the set-list, as traditional English and Celtic reels slide into full-on rock grooves, funk, jazz, hip-hop,
ska and reggae. Eastern European and Asian flourishes can also be heard, reflecting the rich cultural
heritage of the group.
This is very much 21st century folk.
This is ‘Power Folk’.
“This album is utterly mind-blowing.” Mick Tems - Folk Wales Online Magazine
“Varied and brilliant… one massive sound” Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales
“There’s subtlety, poignancy, variety and more than a soupçon of talent. You’ll like this, like it
lots I know you will.” Simon Jones, fRoots
“Painted is an absolutely superb, inimitable and totally unmissable album that should have a
copy in each and every home.” Joe Knipe, Artree
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