25th Anniversary Tour - 2022
Clicking on the gigs will take you to full info and tickets. We can't wait to see you!
A major event with the full Folk Ensemble show, returning guests from the last 25 years and an epic after-show party with the incredible Sal Broughton Band (www.salbroughton.co.uk).
NLQ Album Launch 19th June 2021
On 19th June 2021 we celebrate the release of our Not leaving Quietly album with an online concert streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
The CD is available exclusively from this page and the album is available to download from all the usual digital platforms.
Artwork Auction - Own a Piece of Folk Ensemble History!
We are auctioning a special piece of artwork that was created by Javier Trigas for the launch event.
This specially commissioned artwork comes with a film of the artist creating the complete work from start to finish, to our track "Rise".
This is a unique opportunity to purchase an original artwork by up and coming Spanish animator Javier Trigas. You will also be owning a piece of Folk Ensemble history and supporting the artist and musicians.
Grab a CD from the back catalogue while you're here!
Sleepy Maggie + Remixes, Reworkings & Rarities: CD
Released on 10th June 2018.
A four-and-a-half-minute instrumental, lead track Sleepy Maggie perfectly encapsulates the ensemble’s richly layered and powerful sound. With sweeping strings, rolling percussion, tight brass, a fleeting guitar solo, and an unexpected Eastern vocal incursion, it’s a dramatic track, both muscular and delicate, oozing
Released on 10th June 2018.
A four-and-a-half-minute instrumental, lead track Sleepy Maggie perfectly encapsulates the ensemble’s richly layered and powerful sound. With sweeping strings, rolling percussion, tight brass, a fleeting guitar solo, and an unexpected Eastern vocal incursion, it’s a dramatic track, both muscular and delicate, oozing global influences.
Says band leader Joe Broughton: “Sleepy Maggie is a traditional tune which we’ve deconstructed and rearranged in typical ensemble fashion, pulling in ideas from various members of the ensemble to create something that sounds very very different from versions you might have heard before. The roots of the tune remain – which you can hear in the fiddles at the beginning – but the new arrangement heads off to some interesting and surprising places.
“It’s supposed to be deliciously over the top!”
The deconstruction continues with a series of surprising remixes and re-imaginings by various members of the ensemble that pushes Sleepy Maggie further into new musical territories.
“The idea of remixing the track is very much in keeping with the group’s approach to making music, of using what could be a straight-forward melody as the basis for a tune and seeing how that can be developed, or pushed, to create something that still acknowledges the original source, but is somehow transformed into something new and exciting,” explains Joe, adding the release took on a life of its own.
“This project started out as the single Sleepy Maggie, and after I mentioned the possibility of doing some remixes, in the pub after rehearsal one night, the ideas started flowing. Before I knew it I had club remixes, Chinese groove-monsters, full on drum’n’bass and more flowing into my inbox. I thought perhaps we could release a few of these with the single, but they just kept on coming.”
Hence it’s now a 10-track ‘mini-album’!