Dempsey Broughton announce Brum gig

By Leigh Sanders | Entertainment | Published:

Folk duo Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton are back for a series of intimate gigs including one at Joe's local venue - Birmingham's Kitchen Garden Cafe.

Joe Broughton, left, and Kevin Dempsey, right, are West Midlanders

Since forming in 1999, the West Midlands duo have toured extensively, performing across more than 20 countries and releasing three albums – 1999's Every Other Word, Freehand in 2004 and last year’s Off By Heart.

And fans can hear their emotive songs in a spectacular high energy show on February 22. Dempsey on guitar and vocals and Broughton on fiddle and mandolin can entertain.

The list of acts they’ve played with includes Whippersnapper, Pentangle, Mary Black, Joss Stone, The Urban Folk Quartet, Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick and Percy Sledge.

“With the album and the sell-out gigs, last year was our most successful to date so we can’t wait to get back out again,” said Joe. “We’re really looking forward to playing songs from our previous releases as well as a few new tunes which we’ve been working on."

And Kevin adds: “We’ve spent the last few months exchanging ideas, so new songs are coming together - instrumentals, traditional songs and original songs. We spend a lot of time working on arrangements and always enjoy our time together – from the gigs to our annual guitar/ fiddle summer school - so who knows? Maybe we’ll find the time to do some more recording this coming year.”

The Kitchen Garden Café can be found on York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham. Tickets for the February 22 show are £12. Doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm. For tickets, call 0121 443 4725, visit or

Leigh Sanders

By Leigh Sanders

Senior sub editor for the MNA portfolio and entertainments writer leaning towards features and reviews. Get releases to me at

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