“Up there with the best of them – amazing musicians.” – BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
“An impressive set, with arrangements that allow for fine fiddle work and bursts of furious percussion….” Robin Denselow The Guardian
Folk has always been a popular genre of music, with the spectrum ranging from the greats like Bob Dylan to the new kids on the block such as Laura Marling, and there will always be the traditional performances too, so there really is something for everyone!
What makes The Urban Folk Quartet (The UFQ) stand out in this genre is their eclectic approach to the folk ethos – they embrace every influence from funk grooves to classic American tunes with rousing reels, Spanish party music and laments, and echoes of Turkey and the Middle East.
Based in Birmingham, the city’s vibrant and diverse music scene has been a fundamental influence for the band’s four members, who are all heavyweights on the folk scene:
Firstly there is Galician fiddler, Paloma Trigás, a phenomenal musician who has shared stages and recorded with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, and during her tenure toured the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star Carlos Nuñez. When Paloma was 11 she won the Yamaha Rock and Pop Awards for composition with world famous drummer, Phil Collins, being a member of the judges.
Second is Joe Broughton, who has been playing instruments since learning the drums at 4 years old. Joe has been long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation, who’s also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player. Joe was invited by Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span founder member, Ashley Hutchings, to join the legendary Albion Band in 1997 which he then played in until 2003.
The third member of the group is Dan Walsh, touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist. Dan made his name with duo Walsh and Pound, as well as guest appearances on stage and on record with The Levellers and Seth Lakeman. Dan joined The UFQ in 2014 as guitarist and oud player.
The final member of The UFQ is Tom Chapman, who took inspiration from the cajoneros of the world to become one of the first UK musicians to adopt the cajón as a serious first instrument. Tom is widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer. You may have seen him when he toured to our venues with The Old Dance School a few years ago.
The UFQ performs all over the world to audiences varying from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, and gaining fans from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific.
You can see The Urban Folk Quartet at the following venues:
16th October 2014 at 7:30 PM at Taddington Village Institute
Ticket Prices: £9.00 Advance / £8.50 OAP Advance / £9.50 On the Door / £9.00 OAP On the Door / £7.00 Full Time Education / Box Office: 01298 85384
Friday, 17th October 2014 at 7:30 PM at Denstone Village Hall
Ticket Prices: £10.00 Full Price / £8.00 U18 in F/T Education / Box Office: 01889 590385
Saturday, 18th October 2014 at 7:30 PM at Fillongley Village Hall
Ticket Prices: £13.50 Standard + Supper / £9.50 Standard / Box Office: 01676 540072