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

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band 2018 Tour Dates

Sun 2nd December The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000 Buy Tickets
Mon 3rd December Palace Theatre Southend on Sea 01702 351135 Buy Tickets
Tues 4th December St George’s Bristol 08454 024001 Buy Tickets
Wed 5th December Borough Theatre Abergavenny 01873 850805 Buy Tickets
Fri 7th December The Atkinson Southport 01704 533 333 Buy Tickets
Sat 8th December The Forum Barrow In Furness 01229 820000 Buy Tickets
Sun 9th December The Platform Morecambe 01524 582803 Buy Tickets
Tues 11th December CAST Doncaster 01302 303959 Buy Tickets
Wed 12th December The Sage Gateshead 01914 434661 Buy Tickets
Fri 14th December The Haymarket Basingstoke 01256 844244 Buy Tickets
Sat 15th December Tivoli Theatre Wimbourne 01202 885566 Buy Tickets
Sun 16th December The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800 Buy Tickets
Mon 17th December The Capitol Horsham 01403 750220 Buy Tickets
Wed 19th December Town Hall Birmingham 01217 803333 Buy Tickets
Thurs 20th December Town Hall Cheltenham 08445 762210 Buy Tickets
Fri 21st December St John The Evangelist Oxford 01865 241717 Buy Tickets
Sat 22nd December Cadogan Hall London 02077 304500 Buy Tickets