Goodbye From Bromyard Sessions

bromyard sessionsI’ve been running this site, Bromyard Sessions, for over ten years now and hope it has helped a few venues and artists get people in the door.

I am seriously considering closing the site in the next week or two, for a couple of reasons:

  1. I rarely, if ever, get any feedback so wonder if anyone cares whether the site is here or not.
  2. My business has recently pulled out of internet services so I’ll soon need to pay for hosting and other services whereas up to now it’s only cost me time.
  3. Although it doesn’t take up a lot of my time there are other things I would rather spend that time on.

If anyone wants to share any compelling reasons to keep going please leave a comment or email me. I am really truly not fishing for compliments just anything I might not have thought of.

Same applies if anyone thinks they might want to take it over from me.

I’ll keep the site up till first week of October but will then shut it down if nothing changes.



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Martin Carthy at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford

martin carthy


 8.00 pm 7th December 2017 at Courtyard Theatre Hereford

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.


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Carnival Band Christmas Concert at Huntingdon Hall

carnival bandLocation: Huntingdon Hall
Sunday 10th December

Time: 3pm
Price: £16 (Students £5)


The Carnival Band has been delighting audiences for over 30 years. The musicians stretch the rules of historically informed performances to breaking point, fusing music from the past with world, traditional and contemporary styles.

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Keith James – Songs of Leonard Cohen – Courtyard Hereford

songs of leonard cohen8.00 pm on 25th November 2017 at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford



His wonderful Tower of Songs – stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual.

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released just before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.

“Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear.” The Independent


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St Agnes Fountain Christmas Concert at Huntingdon Hall

st agnes fountainLocation: Huntingdon Hall
Wednesday 6th December 

Time: 8pm
Price: £18


The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartful renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did).

Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years.

St Agnes Fountain come together for one month a year; ‘the Christmas Tour ‘each December. Performing “rhythmed-up” carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word, they begin their 17th sell-out year on 1st December.

Founder member, David Hughes, and Chris Leslie originally released an EP of six tracks, “Acoustic Christmas” on guitar and mandolin in 1998. It sold out in three months and that was that but there was a clamour for more and, together with their friends, Chris While and Julie Matthews, they produced their first album, “St Agnes Fountain” in 2001. Not content with the album, the While & Matthews team organised a tour in December of that year and the response was overwhelming. The same reaction has greeted the band every year since with appearances on Radio 2 and other stations. Concert tickets are hot property.

It is the season their legion of fans have been waiting for because, as they say, “Christmas starts with St Agnes Fountain”.

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John Tams and Barry Coope at Courtyard Hereford

john tams and barry coope


8.00 pm on 16th November 2017 at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford

John Tams and Barry Coope are a unique collaboration. John is the multi award-winning composer of music for the hit stage show War Horse and the TV series Sharpe. His musical career extends back to the Muckram Wakes, taking in the Albion Band and Home Service as well as solo albums. Barry Coope is a gifted accompanist and singer, formerly of Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the celebrated acapella trio celebrated throughout the UK and Europe.


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Gigspanner at Huntingdon Hall Worcester

Location: Huntingdon Hall
Thursday 9th November 

Time: 7.30pm
Price: £17


His departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span, has enabled fiddle player Peter Knight to turn his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process establish their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

2016 was a vintage year for the trio, with Peter receiving Fatea Magazine’s ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Award and ‘Best Musician’ in the inaugural folking. com Awards as voted for by the concert going public. Their album ‘Layers of Ages’ was included in many of the end of year ‘Best of ‘ lists, including The Telegraph, which gave the album a rare five stars.

On this tour, the trio will be launching their brand new studio album, The Wife of Urban Law.

“Gigspanner has taken traditional tunes as a starting point and rearranged, orchestrated and improvised around them to create fascinating new works. Their increasingly impressive sound is like no other” Folk Radio UK

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Mumbo-Jumbo Returns to Bromyard

Acoustic Vaudeville Saturday 30 September – on stage at 7.30pm

mumbo-jumboTop piano-led, close-harmony singer songwriting acoustic trio Mumbo-Jumbo bring their ‘Acoustic Vaudeville’ Show to The Conquest Theatre Foyer, Bromyard on Saturday 30 September.

Playing regularly across the country at festivals, blues and folk clubs and village hall shows, eclectic double British Blues Awards nominees Mumbo-Jumbo not only create excellent, interesting songs with three lead voices, but also a whole utilise a whole flock of instruments including piano, accordion, bass, trumpet, ukulele, guitar, washboard, kazoo and percussion.

Mumbo-Jumbo sits somewhere between blues, folk and jazz with tinges of reggae and whatever else takes their fancy on the night. With songs about old soldiers, baldness and the joy of life the guys bring humour and fun to the performance. Tracks from the trio’s 2016 album ‘Sonic Gumbo’ has featured widely on the radio.

On stage at 7.30pm, tickets (£8.50) for the Mumbo-Jumbo show are available from the Theatre box office on 01885-488575 or

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Kathryn Roberts & Shaun Lakeman at Courtyard Hereford


8.00 pm on 12th October 2017 at Courtyard Theatre Hereford

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 –the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’- (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.


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Eddi Reader at Huntingdon Hall Worcester

Eddi Reader – plus special guest Dan Whitehouse

eddi readerLocation: Huntingdon Hall
Thursday 16th November

Time: 7.30pm
Price: £22.50


Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine where she learned to use music as a vehicle for communication through busking and performing at local folk clubs. In the early 1980s, she travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonised with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four, but it was warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her to the attention of a much wider audience. The single Perfect and album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts.

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is guaranteed musical treasure. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her passion and instinct move people in a way reminiscent of those who have influenced her work. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

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