Music

How many musicians can you fit on one stage

Q: How many musicians can you fit on one stage?

A: A lot, if you’re the Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.*

*And in the wings, and in front of the stage on floor level too. 50, in fact.

From the Joe Broughton website:

“Over the last two years The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble has played major shows everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Towersey and Shambala festivals. Their new live album was also released to great acclaim. Joe set up this incredible band 19 years ago. Long before the current trend of big folk band line-ups and crazy folk fusions this band were drawing on influences of folk, funk, classical, ska, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and everything in between. Not only is the live performance of this 50 piece band (or funky orchestra should we say?!) second to none, you will most likely see the stars of tomorrow, many leading artists on the folk scene having been students of Joe’s.

“The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is forever changing, always unique and has an energy & power that is unrivalled; it has to be seen to be believed. Using players from the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire ensures that the standard of musicianship is top drawer and being led by folk fiddler Joe Broughton (Urban Folk Quartet, Albion Band, Joss Stone) means the music has the feel of a spontaneous folk orchestra and a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

Folk at the Foxlowe

Folk fans have been spoilt for choice recently at the Foxlowe, with a mixture of small scale, intimate performances and well-known acts playing to a packed room.

Here are some photos from recent gigs, including Keith James, TRADarrr and Fairport Convention.

Keith James

Keith James

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

It’s All Been Happening in May

Aerynn

Aerynn

The Foxlowe has been hosting great bands and events since the start of Leek Arts Festival 2018 but it’s not over yet, with lots more to come.

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

Livewire AC/DC Tribute

Livewire AC/DC Tribute

The Great Get Together – Sunday 24th June

The Great Get Together – in honour of Jo Cox.

A Garden Party/Street Party/Picnic – call it what you will, it’s going to be a Great Free Family Event celebrating all that unites us, with Folk, Blues, Americana and Classical music and songs and creative artists & Fun!

Charity bucket collection.

Admission ‘ticket’ will be an ‘in date’ packaged or canned item of food for Leek Food Bank.

If you are a singer, musician, a band, a choir or a creative artist, let us know if you would like to take part.

E-mail: peacethroughfolk@gmail.com

Phone: 0780 552 9492

For more details see the full leaflet.

 

 

Three Big Gigs in March – Not to be missed!

We have a feast in store for music lovers at the end of March.

First up, Wille and the Bandits, supported by new band Blackballed, on Friday 23rd.

Having toured their unique brand of roots rock with the likes of Deep Purple, Joe Bonamassa, The John Butler Trio and Status Quo, Wille and the Bandits are now proudly touring their brand new, critically acclaimed album ‘Breakfree’.
The band are famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock, using bizarre instrumentation such as Tongue Drum, Djembe, Lap steel guitar and Double bass they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece.

Then, the following week, on Wednesday 28th, Bob Log III – a spaceman playing a gig, not to be missed.

Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience.

And the following night, Thursday 29th, Dub Pistolsfestival favourites play in Leek.

“The band’s reputation as an explosive live act has seen them turn into super-tight festival regulars, with the Dub Pistols headlining some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Glastonbury, Bestival and Beat-Herder. Their bass-driven live machine has seen them win numerous plaudits along the way and recent live guests have included vocalists Rodney P, The Specials’ Terry Hall and Neville Staple, rap wünderkid T.K., Sugardaddy horn-blower Tim Hutton & scratch maestro, DJ Stix.”

Music Events

The Situation birthday bash

In addition to bringing well-known and popular bands to Leek, we also work with not-for-profit music promoters, The Situation, who promote original live music, and regularly stage a gig here on the First Friday of the month, plus an annual 1-day festival on the May Day Bank Holiday.

For full details of all the music events, see the online Calendar (What’s On), which can be sorted by category (e.g. Music)

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