Part of Friday TonicFriday 14 September 2012
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Frank Moon and Tom Chapman are The Urban Folk Quartet - four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally-influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the European folk scene by storm.
Summer 2011 saw them embark on their biggest adventure yet - a three-month rollercoaster ride of gigs across Spain, Germany, Canada, Italy and the UK. With their infectious, cutting edge folk igniting audiences, they captured a devoted fan base far and wide.
Released in March 2012, the band's third album, 'Off Beaten Tracks' is a 21st century travelogue from a band in full flight.
'Clever arrangements of songs that reflect their wide global travels. There are Minorcan party themes, hints of the Middle East, laments and the classic American tune Dink's Song neatly blended with a rousing reel ... an interesting and engaging album.' The Telegraph.
'A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn't naturally follow that list of genres. Built on the rhythms of a cajón-wielding percussionist and oud-playing bassist, the phenomenal fiddlers led the quartet in one of the tightest line-ups I have ever seen.' Olivia Haughton, Songlines