Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
"Tremendously exhilarating and joyously life-affirming…"
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.
2017 Tour Dates
“The atmosphere was so strong that after a very short journey home I already miss it like I can not describe. I am a very lucky man to have witnessed what I just have. To manoeuvre the audience and encapsulate each and every one of us the way the CFE did leaves me gob smacked and short of words…You MUST, MUST see this to understand just how fantastic it is.” – The Sentinel
The below photos were taken by Simon Goff and Tom Chapman.