Singing in Unity
Singing in Unity
BROOMDASHER AND RAY HEARNE – SINGING IN UNITY
Acapella folk group Broomdasher and Yorkshire balladeer Ray Hearne unite to present and evening of traditional and contemporary folk songs.
Broomdasher sing traditional English Folk Songs of love and loss, work and play, revenge - and murder. Ray Hearne is widely known as a South Yorkshire ‘voice’, a writer and performer of songs and poems.
Broomdasher’s debut shows in 2018 produced astonishing responses - they were immediately rebooked by every venue they played. Some of the country’s most respected folk artistes have also been guiding their progress and gifting them songs to perform in their own style.
They’ve sung solo and in other groups and formed Broomdasher when they Cecil Sharp House. After supporting Coope Boyes and Simpson at their farewell gig, the trio gave Broomdasher all their songs to arrange for six voices. Barry Coope arranged Rufford Park Poachers for the CD and John Tams gave them How High The Price/All Clouds The Sky when they supported him. Having heard them, The Young ‘Uns; Chris While and Julie Matthews and Jess Arrowsmith have also gifted them songs.
“Outstanding harmonies – and they’re edgy too” Lester Simpson
“A great balance of voices” Barry Coope
“They made me tingle” Andy Seward
Ray’s songs have been performed and recorded by artists as diverse as Roy Bailey; Bob Fox; Kate Rusby; Coope, Boyes and Simpson; Maggie Boyle; Grace Notes; Heidi Talbot; Bernard Wrigley; Sam Kelly and Greg Russell and schools and choirs.
He was Rony Robinson’s co-presenter for many years on BBC Radio Sheffield’s poetry programme, ‘Write On.’ He is also a contributing writer to BBC Radio 2’s Radio Ballads series including the prize-winning ‘Song of Steel’ and Miners’ Strike programmes, as well as the current ‘Ballads of the Great War’ series
He was Musical Director of Rotherham’s 2011 ‘Hearts of Steel’ project and was a member of the performance team that raised funds for the Women of Steel statues installed in June 2016 in Barkers Pool Sheffield.
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