Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

PAINTED - The brand new full studio album was released on 11th June 2017!

"The songs that are born from the bold and heady experiments of sounds are some of the most jubilant and life-affirming tunes that you are ever likely to hear. They rumble to life like the beginnings of a dormant volcano awakening and demand your uninterrupted attention. Painted is an absolutely superb, inimitable and totally unmissable album that should have a copy in each and every home."  Joe Knipe

Painted: CD

Painted: CD

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Brand New Album!

"Tremendously exhilarating and joyously life-affirming…"

"You MUST, MUST see this to understand just how fantastic it is."

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.
If you are fully fledged folk fan, lover of any good music or just looking for a fantastic night out we guarantee that this is the gig for you. It also comes highly recommended for inspiring young musicians!

2018 Tour Dates

Here's a brief look at where the Folk Ensemble will be this year:

Thursday 25th January 2018 - Birmingham New Street Station

Sunday 11th March 2018 - St Paddy's Day Parade, Birmingham

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - Folly Arts Theatre, Hereford College of Arts

Thursday 24th May 2018 - Leek Arts Festival

Saturday 26th May 2018 - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Thursday 31st May 2018 - Alexander's, Chester 

Friday 1st June 2018 - Forest Arts Centre, New Milton 

Saturday 2nd June 2018 - Sutton Village Hall, Beds 

Friday 8th June 2018 - Bristol Folk House

Sunday 10th June 2018 - Power Folk 5, Spotted Dog, Birmingham

Thursday 14th June 2018 - Akeley Wood (Private Workshops)

Sunday 29th July 2018 - Kendal Calling Festival

Sunday 19th August 2018 - Green Man Festival


For the most up to date information please click on the Facebook link at the bottom of this page.

tremendously exhilarating and joyously life-affirming… Here you'll find the whole gamut of folk culture and its aural tradition, and much more – Irish session staples played as though life itself depended on it, Fairport tunes played as if by a Chinese orchestra, breezy Latino brass meanderings, skirling percussion, swooning string syncopations, moments of tense repose where (say) a lone whistle takes centre stage, sparkily extravagant jazzy gestures, and so forth.” – Netrhythms

“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.
The conservatoire folk ensemble