Round the Houses EPReleased : November 2013
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Broom Bezzums have made an EP with three new songs plus an old favourite and offer a somewhat different take on the Christmas Spirit. The main themes of the new songs are celebration and friendship, but they haven’t forgotten their political edge.
The title track Round the Houses is a catchy, danceable, good-time track, orchestrated like a world – beat number, but written in the style of a traditional folk song. Driven by Mark’s Bhangra-style drum beat and a funky bass line, peppered with percussion and brass stabs and filled out with fiddle, mandola and acoustic guitar; the surprising thing here is that it is the work of a folk duo – Andrew and Mark play every single instrument on the recording. The big harmonies on the introduction and choruses allude to typical drunken Christmas sing-alongs in pubs and out on the streets. Here they are helped out by regular guest singer Katie Doherty.
The other tracks on this EP include the easy going You Know Yourself, recounting a busker’s observations on the ironic lack of Christmas spirit in the pre-Christmas rush. Alongside Mark’s evocative lyrics, there is a guest appearance from Baltic Crossing and Kan multi instrumentalist Ian Stephenson on double bass and button accordion. The soundscape is rounded off with Katie Doherty’s atmospheric vocal layers before the band launch in to a rousing reel to bring the song to a close.
Track Listing1. Round the Houses (Andrew Cadie)
2. You Know Yourself (Mark Bloomer)
3. All in the Giving (Andrew Cadie)
4. A Soulin' (Trad. arr. Broom Bezzums)
Artists Appearing On This AlbumMark Bloomer - Vocals, guitar, mandola, drums, percussion
Andrew Cadie - Vocals, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, trumpets
Katie Doherty - Vocals
Ian Stephenson - Double bass and melodeon (track 2)