Location: Huntingdon Hall
Date: Saturday 3rd June
Price: £17 (Concessions £16)
With 50 members in the live, touring outfit, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is the UK’s premiere folk big band. Whilst the band members are mostly in their 20s, the band actually celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), their energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-piece horn section, five cello players, four percussionists and three electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double bass, and even a harp! The set list is just as eclectic, ranging from traditional folk to full-on rock grooves, funk, jazz, hip-hop, ska and reggae. Having performed three consecutive sell-out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and appeared to great acclaim at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Shambala, and Towersey Festival, it’s safe to say that “Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is something of a legend ...” (Folk Radio UK)
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