What are we doing now and how you can help!

You won't be surprised to hear that our tour is nearly all cancelled. We were so looking forward to getting out on the road and sharing the show with you - it's taken us a year of rehearsals to get it together...aaaagh!!

So what are we going to do?

We recorded a brand new studio album on 6th March and would love to get that mixed, mastered, pressed and out to you.

We also had the amazing Grant Harper do a multi-camera film shoot of 4 of the tracks (the actual takes in the studio) and we want to produce these and post them soon.

We also have an idea to make a new film of everyone playing their parts to one of the brand new album tracks and put it together to see if we can get a 65 piece band (presently in 36 different towns in 7 different countries) playing together!

Unfortunately, a lot of the above costs money that we just don't have. Day to day expenses for a 65 piece band added to all the investment that the tour incurs (most of which we will not get back) means that we don't have a way to continue with these projects.

However, if you can help then perhaps we could make it work? We have never crowdfunded anything before, we have never asked for this kind of support before but right now it appears to be our only option.

There are three ways you can help:

1. Make a donation
2. Pre-order the new album
3. Browse the back catalogue and order a CD (that will be posted out to you straight away)

Any donation you can make will really help us!

Please preorder the brand new album here!

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Our brand new full studio album was recorded on March 6th. Please help us with production costs by preordering the album today and we will send it to you as soon as we have it! We are hoping this will be June 1st.

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Grab a CD from the back catalogue for some #stayathome listening!

Sleepy Maggie + Remixes, Reworkings & Rarities: CD
  • Sleepy Maggie + Remixes, Reworkings & Rarities: CD
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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’!

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Conservatoire Folk Ensemble - 2020 Tour Dates



Thu, May 28

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek Arts festival CANCELLED

Thu, June 4

Alexander’s, Chester CANCELLED

Fri, June 5

The Junction, Goole CANCELLED

Sat, June 6

Sutton Village Hall, Sandy, Beds CANCELLED

Thu, June 11

Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham TBD

Fri, June 12

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester TBD

Sat, June 13

TradFarm, Llandudno CANCELLED

Sun, June 14

Power Folk 7, Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham TBD

Sun, July 5

New Forest Folk festival TBD

Sat, Aug 22 (very late!)

Green Man Festival TBD

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