“Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is something of a legend … ” – Folk Radio UK
“A whole festival’s entertainment in one show” – Liverpool Echo
“You MUST, MUST see this to understand just how fantastic it is” – The Sentinel
‘An entire festival in two hours’ is one popular description of the ensemble as the musicians play, sing and leap about, performing together and also in various duos, trios and smaller break-out mini-groups.
As Joe stresses: “The shows are ridiculously energetic.”
In the past couple of years, the ensemble have performed three consecutive sell-out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and appeared to great acclaim at Fairport Convention’s Cropredy, Shambala, and Towersey Festival.
The highly skilled group pulls its membership from Birmingham City University’s internationally renowned Conservatoire. An established hotbed for emerging talent, previous Conservatoire Folk Ensemble members include BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Jim Moray, Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff, The Proclaimers), Charlie Heys (of tipped duo McNeill and Hayes), and The Old Dance School.