Welcome to Joe Broughton's Website

Joe Broughton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator based in Birmingham, UK. As well as his own internationally renowned band The Urban Folk Quartet, Joe has played with everyone from Joss Stone to Fairport Convention. His compositions have been performed at The Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London and his workshops in performance and ensemble playing are legendary amongst the teaching community.

You can click here to email Joe directly with any enquiries about The Urban Folk Quartet, Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Dempsey/Broughton, The Joe Broughton Fiddle School and for all workshop information.

 

news and gig list

What am I up to in the first half of 2018...? 

Fri, Feb 16 - Hinckley ACT, Leicestershire - DEMPSEY BROUGHTON

Sat, Feb 17 - The Sunny Sailor, Maldon - DEMPSEY BROUGHTON

Thu, Feb 22 - The Kitchen Garden Cafe,Kings Heath, Birmingham - DEMPSEY BROUGHTON

Fri, Feb 23 - Bristol Folkhouse - DEMPSEY BROUGHTON

Sat, Feb 24 - Stanley Halls, London - DEMPSEY BROUGHTON

Sat, Mar 10 - Zaandam, Holland - UFQ 

Sun, Mar 11 - St Paddy's Day, Birmingham - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Mon, Mar 19 - Folk Club, Chesham - UFQ

Thu, Mar 22 - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester - UFQ

Sun, Apr 8 - UFQ Workshop Day, Birmingham - UFQ

Sat, Apr 14 - Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington - UFQ

Sun, Apr 15 - The Raven, Chester - Joe Broughton & Friends

Sat, Apr 21 - Bristol Folk House - UFQ

Wed, Apr 25 - Alexander's, Chester - UFQ

Sat, Apr 28 - Musicalies en Sologne Festival, France - UFQ

Sat, May 5 - The Place Theatre, Bedford - UFQ

Sun, May 6 - Walton Folk Festival - UFQ

Sun, May 20 - Fiddle School, Birmingham - Workshop Day

Thu, May 24 - Leek Arts Festival - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Sat, May 26 - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Thu, May 31 - Alexander's, Chester - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Fri, June 1 - Forest Arts Centre, New Milton  - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Sat, June 2 - Sutton Village Hall, Beds  - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Sun, Jun 3 - Acoustic Festival of Great Britain - UFQ

Fri, June 8 - Bristol Folk House - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Sun, June 10 - Power Folk 5, Spotted Dog, Birmingham - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Thu, June 14 - Akeley Wood (Private Workshops) - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Sun, June 17 - Fiddle School, Birmingham - Workshop Day (Special Guest Ciaran Algar)

Thu, Jun 21 - The Mill, Banbury - UFQ

Fri, Jun 22 - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury - UFQ 

Sat, Jun 23 @ 12:00PM - Beardy Folk Festival - UFQ

Sat, Jun 23 @ 7:30PM - The North Wall, Oxford - UFQ

Sat, Jul 7 - Kimpton Fok Festival - UFQ

Jul 26 - 29 (Day TBC) - Kendal Calling - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Aug 16 - 19 (Day TBC) - Green Man Festival - FOLK ENSEMBLE

Fri, Aug 17 - Purbeck Valley Folk festival - UFQ

Conservatoire Folk Ensemble 20th Year Tour Dates...!!! 

The Folk Ensemble 20th Year Anniversary Tour Dates… 

Full details coming soon but here's a heads-up! 

12/03/17 - St. Patrick’s Festival, Digbeth High Street 
12/05/17 - Birmingham Town Hall 
26/05/17 - Private workshops, Akeley Wood 
01/06/17 - Alexander's, Chester 
18/06/17 - Private workshops, Guildford 
02/06/17 - West End Centre, Aldershot 
03/06/17 - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester 
08/06/17 - Leek Arts Festival 
10/06/17 - Sutton Village Hall, Beds 
11/06/17 - Power Folk 4 - Spotted Dog, Birmingham 
06/07/17 - Forest Arts Centre, New Milton 
07/07/17 - New Forest Folk Festival 
25/08/17 - Shrewsbury Folk Festival

New UFQ album, Fairport, Joss Stone, MFY artist in residence... 

The New UFQ album is finally here... Joe's thoughts are below and you can buy the album on the UFQ site... www.theufq.com

Joe was very pleased to have been featured as arranger and fiddler on the new Fairport Convention album Myths and Heroes. It'll be quite a year for albums because Joe is also featured (with Paloma Trigas) on Joss Stone's new album Water For Your Soul which is due for release this year.

The fantastic Music for Youth organisation is about to announce that Joe is to be their Artist in Residence, a challenge that Joe relishes having already done some incredible projects with them over the last few years.

Don't forget to head out to the UFQ tour, all the details are below and as promised here is Joe's own ramblings about the new album..."The Escape"!


"These are the exciting weeks.

When the latest album is off being pressed and all the frantic last minute listening is over. I like to have a complete break from any album that I’ve produced during those weeks between the final mastering and getting the new album in the post with its lovely cover and shiny shrink wrap.

Sometime around the 20th April the new UFQ album “The Escape” will arrive on the doorstep of UFQ HQ and we’ll see the real thing for the first time. I’ve played on over 150 albums but it’s important to keep excited about these events (sometimes it is easier to get excited about than others though if I’m honest!)

Unfortunately in this world of unbelievable marketing saturation it’s hard to enthuse about the new music you’ve just made without it melting into the background noise of people selling themselves. I’m not criticising anyone and of course by writing this I am promoting the new album but I do find it frustrating to know that whatever I write will still be heard through business-tinted ear muffs. (Is earmuffs one word?)

So, to be honest and to hell with it…

For the last 25 years I have been trying to make an album like The Escape. There you go, I said it. I never wanted my music to be completely out-there, I love to entertain people but having been brought up on every style of music on the planet I love lots of different things. When I put together the UFQ the first thing I said was that I wanted it to be exciting and something original but balanced with tunes, songs and grooves that almost anyone could get into… which is harder than you may think!

Our first four albums were about capturing the band sound live in the studio or indeed in front of an audience and about reproducing only what we could play live. The new album is about giving the audience all those extra bits of information that are in our heads when we write the music…On a big African groove you actual get a whole percussion section, on the Spanish song you get the string section, the congas, all the backing vocals… all those luscious things that make a real proper studio album what it should be. We also did some recording and the mixing/mastering at Gighouse Recording Studios with the truly amazing Andie Thomson… He’s made it easily the best sounding album I have ever been involved in. Andie, you truly have magic ears!

The only “rules” that I laid down for the album were that it would only feature the four of us, that we would play only instruments that we use live (with the exception of using an electric bass rather than just octave pedal on the guitar) and that it was still all UFQ material that will be in the new live show. All of that we have stuck to I am pleased to say.

I hope that you get to hear this album because I’m very proud of it. If you buy it you’ll also help us pay our mortgages, eat and have time to make more music for you. There are more songs on it than previous albums due to the addition of banjo wizard/singer Dan Walsh and I think there’s also some of our strongest and most danceable (if not always subtle!) instrumentals to date.

These are the exciting weeks when something you’ve really toiled over is about to be released to the world and you hope that people are a bit cheered up by it, a bit moved and maybe have a little dance to in their own living rooms, offices, maybe in the garden on BBQ day or on the headphones whilst walking back from the pub…

Joe x"

 

Previous events

Feb28

the Urban Folk Quartet

Nettlebed Folk Club, Nettlebed, Nr. Henley

Age limit: All ages

Feb16

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath, Birmingham

Age limit: All ages

Jan29

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Lickey Parish Hall, Birmingham

Age limit: All ages

Jan23

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Folk on the Moor, Plympton, Devon

Age limit: All ages

Jan16

Joe Broughton Fiddle School

Birmingham Conservatoire

SOLD OUT Age limit: All ages

Dec12

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Porchfield Village Hall, Isle of Wight

Age limit: All ages

Dec7

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Dartford Folk Club, Essex Road

Age limit: All ages

Nov26

The Urban Folk Quartet @ the Hare and Hounds

Hare and Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham

end of tour party with support and DJs until 2am - be one of the first 100 in and you get a free party bag with live UFQ CD and other goodies...

£6 on the door Age limit: All ages

Nov26

The urban Folk Quartet @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham

*free* Age limit: All ages

Nov25

The Urban Folk Quartet @ Newstead Wood School for Girls

Newstead Wood School for Girls, Orpington, Kent

Age limit: All ages

Nov24

The Urban Folk Quartet @ The Old Queens Head

The Old Queens Head, Islington, London

Age limit: All ages

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