Broomdasher is a six voice acapella group singing traditional English folk songs. Formed two years ago by singers with a long folk pedigree, the group has also been mentored and supported by several folk artists including John Tams and Barry Coope.
They’ve been re-booked everywhere they’ve sung and earned positive reviews for their evocative harmonies, lively stage shows and debut CD Nothing To Do With Me.
Glorious harmonies and finely crafted arrangements. An impressive calling card to bolster their flourishing live reputation
Very accomplished singers with a palpable sense of togetherness in their well-oiled performances. They have also gained a reputation for their involving live performances
Wide repertoire, highly skilled arrangements and very animated live shows
If Trad is your thing, this should please you
A harmonious sextet with a wide variety of backgrounds – and Gypsy Levi Smith!
Six voices with lovely harmonies and they clearly enjoy singing together
Deena, Chris and Margaret sang together at Cecil Sharpe House , where they met Huw and Jo, with Richard joining them later.
Deena was taught by Leon Rosselson and sang with him in Paris. Jo's tutor was revered baritone John Carol Case, renowned for his work with Vaughan Williams, and has sung in notable concert venues including Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Richard sings with Dorten Yonder and was half of Radio Derby regulars The Moonshine Duo. Chris is a member of Shanty Festival favourites Hog Eye Men and (with Matthew Crampton) the London Lubbers. He also worked with Skinny Lister.
Their live shows at festivals and folk clubs large and small have proved real audience pleasers:
Wonderful sound for a Sunday afternoon
Delivered a Brilliant main-stage set
A joyous and full blooded sound, with bewildering harmonies and vocal layers – should be on every folk club's programme
They transformed the theatre into a traditional folk club. Brilliant!
Wonderful singing.. and they're such fun, we all joined in
After Broomdasher supported Coope Boyes and Simpson at their farewell gig, the trio gave them their whole repertoire from which to choose songs to sing with six voices. Barry Coope arranged Rufford Park Poachers for their debut CD Nothing To Do With Me. John Tams gifted them How High the Price/All Clouds the Sky for the CD when they supported him at The Ram.
The CD features tracks gifted by Coope Boyes and Simpson and John Tams and is produced by Andy Seward, best known for producing Kate Rusby; Coope Boyes and Simpson and The Radio Ballads.