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Worcester Live - Huntingdon Hall, Swan Theatre

Conservatoire Folk Ensemble Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Location: Huntingdon Hall
Wednesday 1st September 2021

Time: 7.30pm
Price: £18 / £16 conc

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Joe Broughton’s
Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

The UK's biggest folk band, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, are back for their now legendary annual show in Worcester.
"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, double-bass, electric bass, euphonium, acoustic guitar, 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’.

Twitter: @Thefolkensemble
“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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