It was way back in 1999 that guitarist/ vocalist Kevin Dempsey (Whippersnapper, Dando Shaft, Dave Swarbrick) and fiddle and mandolin player Joe Broughton (then in The Albion Band) first teamed up.
Since then, the duo have performed extensively, heading out across 20 countries, and releasing three much valued albums – Every Other Word (1999), Freehand (2004), and Off By Heart (2017).
Combining emotive songs, unrivalled musicianship, impromptu banter, and a spectacular high energy show, Kevin and Joe never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere with songs and instrumentals that are rooted in ‘folk’ music, but also call on sounds and styles from the four corners of the world.
Although both artists continue to pursue their own career paths – Joe with The Urban Folk Quartet and the giant Conservatoire Folk Ensemble; Kevin increasingly as a solo artist, but also with various other musicians including, most recently, Pentangle’s Jacqui McShee – the duo continue to reunite for their annual summer fiddle/ guitar workshops and, when their schedules allow, live shows.
Celebrating two decades of collaboration, the duo’s spring 2019 appearances promise a broad mix of material from across their career, along with new songs (mooted for their fourth album), and a few last minute surprises.
“It really doesn’t seem 20 years since myself and Kevin first began playing together! Time really flies when we’re on stage … and off stage too it seems,” laughs Joe. “I always look forward to our annual reunions – Kevin is one of the UK’s best acoustic guitarists and the shows are a joy to play.”
Says Kevin: “I can still remember the day I was first introduced to Joe, then a young musician whose reputation was growing. We really hit it off. His reputation has grown further since those early days, and playing together is always great fun – for us and the audience.”
Artists’ website: https://joebroughton.com/dempsey-broughton
‘The Post Truth Reel” – live:
Thursday 14 March 2019
Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, London, SE25 6AB