Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is something of a legend now. The current 45-piece band are on the road touring from June 2014 appearing at many of the popular folk music festivals including Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Towersey Festival which celebrates its 50th Year.
Joe has been the director of this organic Ensemble since ’98 during which time the numbers in the band have grown to 100…no easy task to accommodate on a stage! They released a DVD in 2007, the Album “Sardines” in 2009 and will have a new live album in time for the 2014 gigs. They tour every year around this time, an event that feels more like a party than a folk tour…for many it’s now an annual ritual announcing the start of our folk festival season. The Ensemble also acts as a training ground for many budding folk artists and there have been some well known members who have cut their teeth here.
To get you all in the mood they took a few minutes to capture a bit of this tune for you.
Thursday 5th June The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Friday 6th June West End Centre, Aldershot
Saturday 7th June Sutton Village Hall, Beds
Wednesday 11th June Alexander’s Chester
Thursday 12th June Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
Saturday 14th June Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Thursday 7th August Fairport’s Cropredy Convention
Saturday 23rd August Shambala Festival
Monday 25th August Towersey Festival