Broom Bezzums - No Smaller Than the World

Broom Bezzums Win German Record Critics’ Award

Preis der deutschen schallplattenkritik

Preis der deutschen schallplattenkritik

Broom Bezzums have won an important German music prize. Today it was announced that the band’s current CD, No Smaller Than the World, received the German Record Critics’ Award in the Singer-Songwriter/Folk category.

The Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik website states that, “Its mission is to provide producers, composers, artists and music lovers with an honest guide to new releases of true artistic significance.” and strives to “remain independent from the commercial interests of the production companies”.

Broom Bezzums - No Smaller Than the World

Broom Bezzums – No Smaller Than the World

Broom Bezzums are extremely pleased to have been recognised in this way and are very thankful to engineer and co-producer Jürgen Treyz for helping to bring the band’s ideas to fruition.

No Smaller Than the World features singer Katie Doherty as a third member and has a host of guest appearances from the likes of Gudrun Walther and Jürgen Treyz (Cara), Keike Faltings (Kalüün), Ian Stephenson and Andy May (Baltic Crossing) and many more.

You can listen to an album trailer, read more and buy the album at this link: No Smaller Than the World

Link to German Critics’ Award website

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UK Tour Feb/March 2016

Dates have been finalised for our regular tour of the UK. We’re everywhere from the Highlands down to Hampshire calling in at North Northumberland, the Pennines, Merseyside and the East Coast. Come along and warn your friends.

26th Feb 2016 Kingswinford – Woodman Folk Club  
Ashwood Marina, Ashwood Lower Lane, Kingswinford, England
28th Feb 2016 Southport – Bothy Folk Club  
Park Golf Club, Park Rd West, Southport, Lancashire, Southport, England
29th Feb 2016 Stirling – Stirling Folk Club  
BRIDGEHAUGH PARK, Stirling, Scotland
1st Mar 2016 Arrochar – Three Villages Hall  
Arrochar, Scotland
2nd Mar 2016 Cottingham – Cottingham Live  
The Back Room
173 Hallgate Cottingham, Cottingham, England
3rd Mar 2016 Grayshott, Hampshire – Applegarth Farm  
Meal and music event
Headley Road, Grayshott, Hampshire, England
4th Mar 2016 Frodsham – Frodsham Folk Club  
The Conservative Club, 74 Main Street Frodsham, Frodsham, England
5th Mar 2016 Wooler, Northumberland – The Black Bull Inn  
with Katie Doherty
High Street, Wooler, Northumberland, England
6th Mar 2016 Alston – Garrigill Village Hall  
with Katie Doherty
Village Hall in Garrigill is to the left of the pub (George & Dragon) – CA9 3DS, Alston, England
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UK Tour Finalised – March 2017

Hot on the heels of the UK release of their award-winning CD, No Smaller than the World, Broom Bezzums embark on a 12 date tour of England and Scotland. From the Highlands down to the West Country, they take in village halls, intimate folk clubs and even a farm-shop restaurant! See the dates below and book your tickets now!

Note: Some dates are with the trio line-up with Katie Doherty.

Pointing in Stratford

Pointing in Stratford






1st Mar 2017 Faversham – Folk Club  
The Limes, Preston Street, Faversham, England
2nd Mar 2017 Grayshott, Hampshire – Applegarth Farm  
Meal and music event
Headley Road, Grayshott, Hampshire, England
3rd Mar 2017 Burton-on-Trent – Brewtown Folk Club  
The Old Cottage Tavern
36 Byrkley Street, Burton-on-Trent, England
4th Mar 2017 Carperby (Near Leyburn) – Village Institute
– with Katie Doherty
North Yorkshire, Carperby (Near Leyburn), England
6th Mar 2017 Devizes, Wiltshire – Folk Club  
Lamb Inn, 20 St. John’s Street,, Devizes, Wiltshire, England
7th Mar 2017 St Neots – Folk Club  
Priory Centre, St Neots, England
8th Mar 2017 Cottingham – Cottingham Live  
The Back Room
173 Hallgate, Cottingham, England
9th Mar 2017 Denholm – Folk Club  
Auld Cross Keys Inn, Denholm, Scotland
10th Mar 2017 Bollington – Folk Club  
Dog and Partridge, Palmerston Street, Bollington, England
11th Mar 2017 Arrochar – Three Villages Hall  
Tickets £10 (concessions £8) from the Hall or Post Office
Arrochar, Scotland
12th Mar 2017 Newcastle upon Tyne – Gosforth Civic Theatre  
with Katie Doherty
Regent Farm Road, Newcastle,, Newcastle upon Tyne, England


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NRW TV – Broom Bezzums Live on “Late Night”

Broom Bezzums with two live songs and an interview on NRW TV. This was broadcast on 19th October 2015.

Watch at this link:

Broom Bezzums on NRW TV 19.10.2015

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Winter Carol Tour – December 2015

Winter Carol Tour 2015 to Feature Return of Keike Faltings, Friesian Folk Singer

Keike Faltings aus Friesland

Keike Faltings from Friesian Band Kalüün

After the successes of previous years, Broom Bezzums are to hit the icy roads again for Winter Carol Tour in December.

The band are pleased to announce that Keike Faltings from the Friesian folk band Kalüün (who won the German Record Critics Prize) is to join them for this tour as third member.

In 2015 the tour will be throughout Germany from 3rd -14th December and will feature favourites from the 2012 Winterman CD, some selected material from the new CD No Smaller than the World and some arrangements of beautiful, little-known Christmas folk songs from the Friesian islands.

The Winterman CD – which makes a great Christmas present – is available at gigs and online. For a preview of the music and other information, click here

Broom Bezzums are looking forward to an exciting set with all the emotions of the season covered, from critical and even subversive views of Christmas time to all out Yultide party atmosphere.

3rd Dec 2015 24376 Kappeln – Folk Club Ostangeln  
Bez Begegnungszentrum
Ellenberger Straße 27, 24376 Kappeln, Germany
4th Dec 2015 24943 Flensburg – Ev. Gemeindezentrum Engelsby  
Brahmstr. 13, 24943 Flensburg, Germany
5th Dec 2015 25813 Husum – Speicher  
Hafenstraße 17, 25813 Husum, Germany
6th Dec 2015 22549 Hamburg – Heidbarghof Osdorf  
16:00 Adventscafé
Langelohstr. 141, 22549 Hamburg, Germany
7th Dec 2015 31683 Obernkirchen – Kulturfenster  
Bergamtstraße 12, 31683 Obernkirchen, Germany
8th Dec 2015 31626 Haßbergen – Alte Kapelle  
Kapellenstraße 10, 31626 Haßbergen, Germany
9th Dec 2015 61381 Friedrichsdorf – Garniers Keller  
Hugenottenstr. 117, 61381 Friedrichsdorf, Germany
10th Dec 2015 46414 Rhede – Akku Rhede  
Blues Rhede, Kirchstraße 9, 46414 Rhede, Germany
11th Dec 2015 69493 Hirschberg-Leutershausen – Olympia Kino  
Hölderlinstr. 2, 69493 Hirschberg-Leutershausen, Germany
12th Dec 2015 72622 Nürtingen – Club Kuckucksei  
Neckarstraße 14, 72622 Nürtingen, Germany
13th Dec 2015 89075 Ulm – Charivari  
Stuttgarter Straße 13, 89075 Ulm, Germany
14th Dec 2015 81369 Munich – Ars Musica im Stemmerhof – Folk Club 
Plinganserstr. 6, 81369 Munich, Germany

Winter Carol Tour Video (von 2013 mit Katie Doherty als Gastsängerin)

Keike Faltings live mit der Band ‘Tween Bottles

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CD Release Tour in Germany & Portugal 1st – 11th October 2015

Broom Bezzums' 5th CD - No Smaller Than the World

Broom Bezzums’ 5th CD – No Smaller Than the World

Broom Bezzums hit the road to promote their fifth album, No Smaller Than the World this October. Catch them live in Germany – or at Costa del Folk Festival in Portugal, where they appear alongside Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, New Rope String Band, the Young ‘Uns and many more.

Buy CD and more info – click here

1st Oct 2015 42275 Wuppertal – Die Färberei
2nd Oct 2015 49080 Osnabrück – Lutherhaus
3rd Oct 2015 44805 Bochum – Kulturmagazin
5th Oct 2015 Carvoeiro – Costa del Folk – Tivoli Hotel
Portugal, Carvoeiro,
6th Oct 2015 Carvoeiro – Costa del Folk – Tivoli Hotel
Portugal, Carvoeiro,
8th Oct 2015 Münster – House Concert
9th Oct 2015 26937 Seefeld – Seefelder Muehle
10th Oct 2015 36381 Schlüchtern – Bio-Bergrestaurant Heiligenborn
11th Oct 2015 60314 Frankfurt/Main – Internationales Theater

Live Video Trailer:

Album Trailer:

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10 Years Celebration Gig with CARA – 15th May, Birkenfeld


Event Flyer

Broom Bezzums turns 10!

Celebration Concert
BROOM BEZZUMS with Katie Doherty

Broom Bezzums Trio

Andrew Cadie, Katie Doherty, Mark Bloomer

Friday 15th May <> Stadthalle, Birkenfeld <> 8pm
Friedrich-August-Straße – 55765 Birkenfeld

Advance Tickets: Buchhandlung Thiel, Friedrich-August-Strasse 9 und Buchhandlung Engel, Achtstr 17, Birkenfeld. More info and reservations: Ticket-Hotline – 06782 8764095 or email




Hotel recommendation: Hotel Oldenburger Hof is very close by and easily reachable on foot.

We are celebrating 10 years of Broom Bezzums with Katie Doherty and our good friends of the band Cara, Germany’s top folk export. Check out Cara here CARA WEBSITE

This will be a very special gig and tickets are likely to sell fast.






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Broom Bezzums TV Clip

Broom Bezzums live on German TV – a tune, two songs and an interview/cake-tasting!

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Studio Blog – New CD Updates

Here’s a journal of how we go about making our 5th album. We’ll update this now and again during the production phase…

The working title for the album is No Smaller Than the World, which is a line from Katie Doherty’s song Passing Through. This will be included on the CD with Katie on lead vocals.

Andrew accompanies Mark on the piano

Andrew accompanies Mark on the piano

We’ve written new songs, selected traditional ones; arranged, rehearsed, recorded guide tracks prepared some drum tracks in Andrew’s studio and Andrew flew to Newcastle to record guest musician Ian Stephenson on double bass last November.

Finally a week ago it was time to drive down to Esslingen to record with Jürgen Treyz. Jürgen is a top musician and sound engineer and a good friend, so we had so many reasons to look forward to the sessions. We started on the evening before with some food and tunes with Jürgen and his wife Gudrun Walther – also a good friend and a great musician – so you can imagine that we were well behaved, sober and tucked up in bed by 9, ready for a hard days work…

Despite our headaches we did actually put in a very intense, enjoyable and fruitful two days of work, under the watchful eyes and ears of the patient and supportive Jürgen. We started with some percussion from Mark and then moved on to some mandola, guitars, fiddle, vocals – and even some piano. When we arranged one of Mark’s new songs a few months ago, a beautiful and emotional tribute to some very brave friends, we realised it would have to be led by piano. It just so happened that Jürgen had bought a refurbished 1920s Steinway grand for his studio and Andrew spent weeks re-visiting his childhood piano lessons preparing for the recording. The result is a simple but very emotional live take, which had us both on the verge of tears.

Mandola for The Drawbridge

Mandola for The Drawbridge

As ever with us, the songs all have very personal meanings for us, regardless of whether they are original, traditional or covers. We like to reflect that with our choice of guest musicians and we’re lucky to have many great musicians among our friends. As mentioned earlier on, we are lucky to have the amazing Ian Stephenson on double bass. This is the third Broom Bezzums CD he’s played on and he’s always great to make music with. People who know their folk music will have heard Ian’s work with Kan, Kathryn Tickell, Baltic Crossing, Brian Finnegan and many others. Ian was the first person in the UK to buy a Broom Bezzums CD back in 2007 (he doesn’t know that!) but he and Andrew became friends in 2001 while studying traditional music together. Also in that year-group was Katie Doherty, who is basically the third Bezzum. We were honoured to play her down the aisle at her wedding in the summer. Katie and Andrew formed Roll a Penny in 2001 and have worked together on and off ever since. Mark and Katie hit it off instantly while recording for the Wine from a Mug album in 2009 and then at our first impromptu trio gig. She’s been a regular fixture ever since. Expect to hear her harmonies and vocal textures on most of the songs – and this time she takes the lead vocals on Passing Through, a song she wrote years ago and we adopted in October.

The Music
Andrew wrote Keep Hauling just as Wine From a Mug came out in 2011. It went straight in the live set as a singalong number and people have been asking for it on CD ever since. The song has already been recorded by the Oldenwälder Shanty Chor – but now it’s time for the Bezzums version on CD. Cold Winds Blow is a new song from Mark and was performed every night on the Winter Carol tour in December with Keike Faltings – this song also stirred up a lot of interest from audience members.  Other live-favourites that will finally make it to CD are the Jez Lowe song Bare Knuckle and popular encore number Way Over Yonder, which was composed by Billy Bragg around lyrics by Woody Guthrie. On tour last October we revived Mark’s rousing song Here We Go Again and premiered Andrew’s Fishing in Troubled Waters and Katie’s Passing Through. 

So that’s the stuff you might have heard. There are another two songs from Mark and two from Andrew that have never been played live, a great traditional song and some sets of tunes – one of which is arranged in quite a groovy way.

PART 2 – Mobile Recording

In February we took some days out from touring to record Katie Doherty’s vocals for nine songs, including lead vocals on No Smaller than the World. We brought some mobile recording equipment up to the farm where she lives and got to work.


Setting up to record Katie


Ella and Hollie

Katie’s very talented nieces, Ella (L) and Hollie (R), adding additional “choir vocals”.

Katie’s nieces Hollie and Ella Smith came up for the morning to record some beautiful extra backing vocals that they had rehearsed with Katie and performed live with the band in Washington two days before.

The weather outside on the fell was very windy and brought in the odd blizzard, so we were happy to be safe and comfy in the farm house.

North Pennines

The scene outside the farm, up in the North Pennines

Katie - Keep Hauling

Keep Hauling – Katie adding her harmony the day before

10991638_10152731975342157_4495076674595108966_oIn the spare room at Andrew’s parents’ house, just over the other side of the hills, we set the gear up once again. Mark asked Jules, Andrew’s dad, if he would like to sing additional vocals on Keep Hauling. This made sense, as the song is a modern-day sea shanty and Jules is ex – merchant navy and a keen sailor – and and experienced singer too. First we had to add Mark’s harmony and made sure it fitted tightly with Andrew and Katie’s performances. Once this was achieved, Andrew taught his dad a bass line and put him through his paces until the whole thing sounded like a choir singing together. The result is a very broad sound.

Jules Cadie

Jules Cadie adding bass voice in Garrigill

Mobile Recording Rack

Mobile Recording Rack






Meanwhile, back in Germany, work continues. Keike Faltings came down from Kiel for a couple of days, did an impromptu gig with us for 200 people, sang some great vocals on Cold Winds Blow and then went with us to a session and preceded to drink all the men under the table. Later she recited poetry for half the night in the kitchen before heading off to bed at 4am. Life must be colourful on the Fresian islands…

Keike Faltings

Kaike Faltings about to sing on Cold Winds Blow

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String Part Composition

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Bass part

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Andrew’s trumpet waiting to be recorded…

On the left you can see a bass part Andrew wrote to send to Ian Stephenson and on the right is the new string arrangement for Down By the River, which will be played on Cello, Viola and Violin.

Before Mark and Andrew head down to Jürgen’s studio in Esslingen again at the end of April, the trumpet parts for The Drawbridge also need to go down.

Meanwhile, in Newcastle, Andy May is preparing to add piano and harmonium to two songs…

To be continued….

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