their infectious music and wooing new fans with their congenial storytelling wherever they go.
Now firmly established in Germany, Broom Bezzums have twice won the German Rock
and Pop Prize. Their music is play-
national radio stations, has been heavily featured in the music press and lauded in broadsheets. But they haven’t forgotten their roots.
Broom Bezzums return to the UK for tours whenever they can and have proved that their unusual yet comfortingly familiar approach to folk music can
be a real hit back home too. After an appearance at Gasgow’s Celtic Connections festival , Broom Bezzums were invited to join Show of Hands
on two support tours of Germany and Andrew was taken on the road in England as a guest performer in Jez Lowe’s band.
Based on Anglo – Celtic traditions, Broom Bezzums’ music is flavoured by Andrew’s Northumbrian homeland and the formidable rock heritage of
Mark’s Black Country roots. Andrew’s Northumbrian pipes are the most obvious local reference, while his fiddle playing is heavily influenced
by neighbouring Scottish styles. Mark, a seasoned drummer, learned to play the guitar and mandola in his years as a stalwart of the Cork
session scene. Live, the rhythmical element is expanded on more dynamic numbers
As singers, their full but very different voices harmonise to a surprisingly dense fusion. The tales in their own compositions and in their versions of
traditional songs hark back to their itinerant lifestyles, political alienation and the love stories that caused them both to land in Germany in
the first place.
Occasionally Mark and Andrew are joined on stage and on CD by guest singer Katie Doherty. Her spellbinding voice somehow finds its place in
the harmonies and opens out the sound of the band even more. Broom Bezzums’ evolution is an uncanny story, but that’s what makes the music what it is.
catch Broom Bezzums live and experience it for yourselves!
As a Swiss critic once put it… “Broom Bezzums don’t just play their music – they live it”