Broomdasher’s powerful acapella voices have a passion, exuberance and harmonies that enthral, uplift and engage their audiences.
Performing as a core group of eight and expanding when required, they sing favourite English folk songs, tales of love, loss, work and play.
The singers appeared in different guises at many prestigious venues before they met at Cecil Sharp House, where they decided to form Broomdasher.
They made their debut at the 2016 Moseley Folk Festival and in a whirlwind year have been nurtured by Coope, Boyes and Simpson; John Tams; Chris While and Julie Matthews and Roy Bailey, who having heard them, have donated songs for them to arrange and sing in the Broomdasher style.
Broomdasher aim to enthuse and inspire audiences with the joy of singing, through rousing harmonies and tender ballads, mostly arranged by Sally Davies. They encourage people to join in and have a good time - and are equally at home at folk clubs, festivals, outdoor events and concert halls.
In the past year they have supported Coope Boyes and Simpson at their farewell gig in London; supported John Tams at The Ram; performed his songs “How High The Price/All Clouds The Sky,” at the South Downs Festival; sold out their first ever headlining show in London; were appointed official artistes for the National Open Gardens Scheme for 2018 and have received many return bookings.
Lester Simpson said: “Exquisite arrangements, superb voices, outstanding harmonies - and they're edgy too! Get to see them," Lester Simpson.
“Brilliantly evocative - I wouldn’t change a thing” said John Tams on hearing “How High The Price” given the Broomdasher treatment.
“Lovely! You made the day truly memorable" said National Open Gardens.