Broomdasher’s six unaccompanied voices sing traditional English folk songs of love and loss, work and play, revenge and murder.
Their passion for sharing the enjoyment of singing produced astonishing responses since their debut last year. They were immediately re-booked everywhere they performed and some of the country’s most respected folk artistes including Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jess Arrowsmith and John Tams have watched their progress and gifted them songs to perform in their own style.
They may be a new name but between them they had an impressive pedigree before coming together as Broomdasher and recording their first CD Nothing To Do With Me.
Deena, Chris and Margaret were original members of the Cecil Sharpe House Choir – Huw and Jo joined later – and they’ve sung at festivals in the UK and overseas with the likes of Sam Lee and Lisa Knapp. Deena was taught by Leon Rosselson and sang in a group with him in Paris. Jo was taught by revered baritone John Carol Case, renowned for his work with Vaughan Williams, and she has sung in notable concert halls including Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Richard sings with Dorten Yonder and was half of Radio Derby regulars The Moonshine Duo. Chris is a founder member of Sea Shanty Festival favourites Hog Eye Men and the London Lubbers with Matthew Crampton and also worked with Skinny Lister.