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Mark Bloomer & Andrew Cadie have  been constantly tearing up and down the autobahn since 2007, spreading

their infectious music and wooing new fans with their congenial   storytelling wherever they go.

Now firmly established in Germany, Broom Bezzums have twice won the  German Rock and Pop Prize. Their music is play-listed on several German

national radio stations, has been heavily featured in the music press  and lauded in broadsheets. But they haven’t forgotten their roots.

Broom  Bezzums return to the UK for tours whenever they can and have proved  that their unusual yet comfortingly familiar approach to folk music can

be a real hit back home too. After an appearance at Gasgow’s Celtic Connections festival , Broom Bezzums were invited to join Show of Hands

on two support tours of Germany and Andrew was taken on the road in  England as a guest performer in Jez Lowe’s band.

Based on Anglo – Celtic traditions, Broom Bezzums’ music is flavoured  by Andrew’s Northumbrian homeland and the formidable rock heritage of

Mark’s Black Country roots. Andrew’s Northumbrian pipes are the most  obvious local reference, while his fiddle playing is heavily influenced

by neighbouring Scottish styles. Mark, a seasoned drummer, learned to  play the guitar and mandola in his years as a stalwart of the Cork

session scene. Live, the rhythmical element is expanded on more dynamic  numbers with guitar-tapping, tambourine-stamping and a foot drum.

As singers, their full but very different voices harmonise to a  surprisingly dense fusion. The tales in their own compositions and in their versions of

traditional songs hark back to their itinerant  lifestyles, political alienation and the love stories that caused them both to land in Germany in

the first place.

Occasionally Mark and Andrew are joined on stage and on CD by guest  singer Katie Doherty. Her spellbinding voice somehow finds its place in

the harmonies and opens out the sound of the band even more. Broom Bezzums’ evolution is an uncanny story, but that’s what makes  the music what it is.

catch Broom Bezzums live and experience it for yourselves!


As a Swiss critic once put it… “Broom Bezzums don’t just play their music – they live it”