The Broads sing traditional songs from the British Isles and America, usually unaccompanied. They are drawn to songs that tell a story, and the people at the centre of those stories. From dark tales of murder and seduction, to ballads of love and hope, the Broads take these stories and reimagine them, their four-part harmonies bringing life back to long quiet words. The stories of women and their lives are a constant source of inspiration, and the Broads enjoy exploring this female side to the folk world.
The Norfolk Broads debut album, In the Valley of the Flowers, was recorded in May 2017 in the shadow of the old Mineral Line, close to Roadwater in Somerset. The soaring harmonies and vocal blend of the Broads is complemented by tunes from Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Pete Truin, and Nick Hart.
The Broads stark harmonies and rhythmic accompaniment in the album's penultimate track, The Well Below the Valley, are set off against the bawdy tales in Husband and Cuckoo, and the tight four-part harmonies of The Banks of the Bann allow this tale of love triumphing against the odds to ring out to a new audience.
Available now - https://thenorfolkbroads.bandcamp.com/releases