The word Carnival can mean many things, for this band it is the universal spirit of celebration which overthrows convention. And what better way to show case this than with this celebratory tour “Carols & Capers”!

The Carnival Band are 5 Musical Explorers, 5 voices, 25 instruments, 5 dozen styles of music and 5 hundred fresh ideas for music making, combining music from across the centuries with sounds from around the world in an irreverently joyous mix! If life is determined by a series of happy accidents, then somebody upstairs was beaming long and hard the day the Carnival Band happened to come across Maddy Prior, one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music. Thrown together in 1984 on a ‘let’s see what we come up with’ basis for a Yuletide Radio 2 broadcast. What began as a one-off session in a village hall in Cumbria has endured for over twenty years and has become something of a tradition in its own right with regular tours and five albums released.

Following the hugely popular 2012 Christmas tour with the Carnival band, a year of touring with Steeleye Span, and as a trio with Giles Lewin and Hannah James. Maddy is now once again joining up with the Carnival Band for this coming Festive Season for their unique celebratory show “Carols & Capers”. And like their previous seasonal excursions, this one sees them put their unique stamp on a range of familiar (and not-so-familiar) festive material, whilst also exploring some new and exotic directions. Together they will mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember.

“I love working with the chaps,” Maddy muses, “it’s just so different and they’re so off the wall. Coming from a folk background I can relate to a lot of their dances and early music, but anything less like serious academic concerts when we tour you can’t imagine. When we go out at Christmas, it’s all streamers, balloons and lunacy.”

“Maddy’s voice is clear as a bell. It actually sounds as if there’s a celebration going on” THE GUARDIAN
“A truly superb pack of musicians” DIRTY LINEN (USA)
“If you haven’t seen them before you’re in for a treat” OXFORD MAIL

Tour Dates

1st December 2016 Borough Theatre Abergavenny 01873 850805 Buy Tickets
2nd December 2016 Sundial Theatre Cirencester 01285 654228 Buy Tickets
3rd December 2016 Theatre Royale Margate 01843 292795 Buy Tickets
4th December 2016 Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch 01708 443333 Buy Tickets
6th December 2016 The Platform Morecambe 01524 582803 Buy Tickets
7th December 2016 Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield 01484 225755 Buy Tickets
8th December 2016 ARC Stockton Arts Centre Stockton-On-Tees 01642 525199 Buy Tickets
9th December 2016 The Atkinson Southport 01704 533333 Buy Tickets
11th December 2016 Cast Doncaster 01302 303959 Buy Tickets
12th December 2016 Majestic Theatre Retford 01777 706866 Buy Tickets
13th December 2016 Roses Theatre Tewkesbury 01684 295074 Buy Tickets
14th December 2016 Theatre Royal Winchester 01962 840440 Buy Tickets
15th December 2016 St George’s Bristol 08454 024001 Buy Tickets
16th December 2016 St Mary In The Castle Hastings 01323 841414 Buy Tickets
18th December 2016 The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800 Buy Tickets
19th December 2016 Cadogan Hall London 02077 304500 Buy Tickets
20th December 2016 The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000 Buy Tickets
21st December 2016 St John’s The Evangelist Church Oxford 01865 241717 Buy Tickets
22nd December 2016 Birmingham Town Hall Birmingham 01217 803333 Buy Tickets