Global Traditions: An afternoon of exceptional Folk and Acoustic Music

Global Traditions: An afternoon of exceptional Folk and Acoustic Music

Global Traditions

Date and time
02 Apr 2023 (3:30pm - 6:30pm)

Eastside Jazz Club, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


£15 (£10)

Booking Information

Wheelchair users are entitled to concessionary priced tickets with a complimentary companion seat.

Guide dogs are welcome at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire venues. If you wish to bring a Guide Dog or wheelchair, please let the Events Office know by calling 0121 331 5909.

Joe Broughton and Kevin Dempsey

An afternoon of exceptional Folk and Acoustic Music

Kevin Dempsey Trio
Potts Music
Thorpe & Morrison 

With three intimate concert spots in the jazz club between 3:30pm and 6:30pm, and a session in the bar from 2pm, this promises to be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. All are welcome to join in at the session so bring an instrument, or just soak up the atmosphere.

Kevin Dempsey Trio

Kevin Dempsey is a master acoustic guitarist, an arranger, a singer, and a mesmerising live performer. He is one of the most sought-after musicians in the UK, having played and recorded with the biggest names in folk music including Mary Black, Dave Swarbrick, Dando Shaft, Pentangle and Whippersnapper. In addition to this, Kevin’s career has taken him in many different directions, playing with jazz great Alice Coltrane, soul legend Percy Sledge, and even recording for Quincy Jones.

This newly formed trio features Kevin’s long time musical collaborator Joe Broughton, who many will know as the director of RBC’s renowned Conservatoire Folk Ensemble. Completing the trio is genius of the cajón, Tom Chapman. Tom also plays with Joe in The Urban Folk Quartet, with which they have toured the world and made six albums.

This is a brand-new venture but from these artists you can expect instrumental virtuosity, heartfelt songs, and a healthy disregard for genre pigeonholing.

Potts Music

Potts is a natural soul singer, lyrically honest with a penchant for a catchy chorus. Since cutting his teeth as a guitarist and singer on the festival and live circuit across Europe and the UK, he has immersed himself in the world of theatre, shifting the context of his practise with great success, gaining critical acclaim for his work as a composer and performer alike. Now, having begun writing and recording his debut solo project, armed with a bunch of new songs, Potts is back doing what he loves most, performing live to the people. Expect carefully crafted songs, unforgettable riffs, and a soaring world-class tenor vocal. Potts is something of an underground legend who those in the know have been following for years. We are excited and delighted to present him here to the Birmingham audience.

Thorpe & Morrison

Thorpe and Morrison are an innovative and energetic folk duo based in Birmingham. They formed out of Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble in 2019 while studying at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. They have been making a name for themselves on the folk scene in England and have toured to much critical acclaim. Festival appearances include Towersey Festival, Moseley Folk Festival, Power Folk 9, Gate to Southwell, Beardy Folk Festival and more.

Their most recent album Live Shenanigans was nominated by Bright Young Folk in their Readers' Choice Poll for Album of the Year 2022.

“The energy of their Birmingham made Anglo-Scottish musicianship is palpable. Fiddle and notes float around each other, creating a spellbinding mix of old and modern, both traditional and forward looking” 
Bright Young Folk

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