Debut for powerful acoustic folk duo

Broom Bezzums will guest at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel on Friday, February 7.

Broom Bezzums will guest at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel on Friday, February 7.

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Montrose Folk Club members are hoping to build on the success of their first concert of 2014 when they meet in the Links Hotel on Friday, February 7.

The guests of the club on this occasion will be Broom Bezzums.

This will be a first appearance in Montrose for Broom Bezzums who are a powerful live acoustic duo combining the talents and striking stage presence of Andrew Cadie and Mark Bloomer.

Although both Mark and Andrew have lived in Germany since 2007, Broom Bezzums still tour regularly in the UK. In addition, they have played as the support on two recent tours by top English band, Show of Hands.

Andrew plays both Northumbrian pipes and fiddle, while Mark provides guitar, mandola and percussion.

As singers, their very different voices harmonise in a surprisingly dense fusion. Their songs, both in their own compositions and in their versions of traditional material, feature subject matter as diverse as Andrew and Mark’s own itinerant lifestyles, political alienation and the love stories which brought both to Germany.

Based on Celtic traditional music, the sound of Broom Bezzums is flavoured by the Northumbrian homeland of Andrew and the formidable rock heritage and Black Country roots of Mark.

The Northumbrian pipes played by Andrew are the most obvious local reference, while his fiddle playing is heavily influenced by neighbouring Scottish styles. Mark, originally a rock band drummer, learned to play guitar and mandola in his years as a stalwart of the session scene of Cork in the south of Ireland.

In live performances, the rhythmical element is expanded on more dynamic numbers with guitar-tapping, tambourine-stamping and a foot drum.

Broom Bezzums have been described by Steve Knightley of ‘Show of Hands’ as “just about the best young duo on the circuit – a real class act!”

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club on Friday, February 7 for a great evening of up-tempo folk music.

The 2014 season got off to a perfect start with the guest appearance of Cera Impala and The New Prohibition.

Although this three-piece was only a two-piece on the night - with Cera joined by her husband Alec Hunter on fiddle - their sound was, at times, hypnotic.

There was some disappointment that bass player Dirk Ronneburg had to call off, but the likeable duo more than made up for it with their quirky tales of life on the road and Cera’s tales of her inspiration for her songs.

Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Cera is truly multi-talented and it was a joy to share in her performance.

A seductive singer, powerful instrumentalist and prolific songwriter, she has performed throughout the USA and Europe.

Since moving from Germany to Edinburgh in 2012 she has toured around the U.K. with the notorious queens of harmony, The Bevvy Sisters.

As well as being treated to Cera and Alec’s extensive repertoire, there were a number of impromptu floor performances from folk club members displaying a wealth of local talent, both for singing and song writing.

The 2014 season at Montrose Folk Club continues on Friday and everyone will be made most welcome.

The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30 p.m, with Broom Bezzums on stage at 8 p.m.

For further details on Montrose Folk Club visit www.linkshotelmusic.com and for more details on this week’s guests visit www.broombezzums.com