Dempsey Broughton album and tour

Joe Broughton and Kevin Dempsey

New album, Off By Heart, out 19 January 2017.
Intimate tour dates announced.

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton announce a series of intimate gigs to promote their brand new, long awaited album, Off By Heart.

The collection’s nine tracks range from outlandish and inventive instruments, to traditional and original songs, with “a slightly political twist” running through.

Highlights include Wheels Of The World, an old comment on politicians that seems even more relevant today; The Post Truth Reel, an instrumental filled with anger and sadness; and Resurrection Jack, which is based on an anti-racist poem by the late Dublin-born writer and editor, Evangeline Paterson.

Since forming in 1999, this incredible duo have now recorded three albums and toured extensively in over 20 countries round the world. Combining emotive songs, unrivalled instrumental capability, and a spectacular high energy show, they never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere.

The list of musicians they have played with is impressive, and includes Whippersnapper, Mary Black, Joss Stone, Dando Shaft, The Urban Folk Quartet, Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, and even Percy Sledge. But their partnership is a unique pairing.

“Whatever other projects we have done over the years, we always end up back together because we have so much common ground in our music,” says Joe.

To pigeon hole their style of music would be to do them a disservice. They draw on folk music from all corners of the world, but their experience in jazz, soul, classical, pop and rock music takes the results into original and uncharted territory.

What you’ll notice at their concerts is not only the originality of what this acoustic duo plays, but also the simple fact that they do it so well. Kevin has a fantastic voice and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s greatest acoustic guitar players, whilst Joe is simply unmatched in the world of fiddle pyrotechnics.

To top it all, the Dempsey Broughton show is playful and entertaining – you almost have to pinch yourself and remember to take it all in as they swoop from beautiful song to mind blowing tune, via a stream of hilarious banter. Two hours with Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton can seem like 10 minutes.

The release of Off By Heart is accompanied by a series of dates.

“We’ve been working on this album for some time now, but we wanted to get it just right,” says Joe. “And now feels like the moment – it’s the right time for this material to get out there, and we’re really excited about sharing it with everyone.”

“Superb musicianship, brilliant conception and execution…all you people who think you can jazz-up folk music – hear this and weep!” – Flos Headford


Off By Heart – Dempsey Broughton

  1. Resurrection Jack (3:51)
  2. Wheels of the World (4:30)
  3. The Post Truth Reel (6:30)
  4. Just Before the News (5:20)
  5. De Pascale (5:44)
  6. Wicked Polly (3:20)
  7. La Moreau Part 1 & Part 2 (4:10)
  8. Two Constant Lovers (5:41)
  9. The Recovery Shuffle (6:01)

Total Running Time: 45:11

Available on CD via SAE Records from Thursday 19 January 2017. Digital release to follow.

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Thursday 12 January 2017
Foxlowe Arts Centre, Stockwell St, Leek ST13 6AD
Doors: 7.30pm; starts 8pm

Sunday 15 January 2017
Joe Broughton Fiddle School, Birmingham
A day of workshops and a short performance. All fiddle players and guitarists welcome.
Details here:

Friday 20 January 2017
Bristol Folk House, 40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG
Doors 7.30pm; starts 8pm
£12.50 on the door; £10.50 in advance

Saturday 21 January 2017
Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB
Doors 7pm; starts 8pm

Sunday 22 January 2017
The Sunny Sailor, 1 Fullbridge, Maldon, Essex CM9 4LE
Doors 7pm; start 7.30pm
Tickets from Maldon TIC (Tourist Info Centre) 01621 856503 or on-line


Every Other World (1999)

Freehand (2004)

Off By Heart (2017)

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