Broom Bezzums is an award-winning, powerful live acoustic duo comprising the talents and striking stage presence of Andrew Cadie and Mark Bloomer. Now firmly established in Germany, Broom Bezzums have twice won the Folk category at the German Rock and Pop Prize and their latest album won the prestigious German Record Critics Award. They are regulars on TV and radio and have been heavily featured in the music press and lauded in broadsheets. 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-slapping, tambourine-stamping and a pulsating 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. Broom Bezzums played Ely a couple of years ago and we’re pleased to bend to popular demand and invite them back to play for the 2018 festival.