Having spent their long and distinguished career of collaboration exploring Christmas and timeless religious music, Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band’s new tour Chapel and Tavern sees them celebrate the lives and culture of ordinary folk. The first half of the concert takes place in the chapel, featuring the vigorous and enthusiastic music of the church gallery bands in an era when hymn writers happily took their inspiration from theatre music and popular song. After the interval we’re in the tavern for rousing performances of catches, ballads, theatre songs and dance tunes. Both take the audience back to the chaotic London of Hogarth’s Gin Lane and the riotous world of Swift, Smollett and Thackeray, the enthusiastic singing of early Methodists and the village bands fondly remembered by Thomas Hardy. Cherish your soul before you let the old Adam and Eve run riot….

“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 Chapel & Tavern 2023 Tour Dates

Fri 14 April Borough Theatre Abergavenny 01873 850 805 Buy Tickets
Sat 15 April Theatr Mwldan Cardigan 01239 621200 Buy Tickets
Mon 17 April Bridport Arts Centre Dorset 01308 424901 Buy Tickets
Tue 18 April SJE Arts Oxford 01865 613507 Buy Tickets
Wed 19 April The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800 Buy Tickets
Thurs 20 April Ropetackle Arts Centre Shoreham 01273 464440 Buy Tickets
Sat 22 April Revelation Ashford 01233 663201 Buy Tickets
Sun 23 April Straford Playhouse Straford-Upon-Avon 01789 333990 Buy Tickets
Mon 24 April St George’s Bristol 01179 294929 Buy Tickets
Wed 26 April Huntingdon Hall Worcester 01905 611427 Buy Tickets
Thurs 27 April Pavilion Arts Centre Buxton 01298 72190 Buy Tickets
Sat 29 April MaddermarketTheatre Norwich 01603 620917 Buy Tickets
Sun 30 April Arts Centre Colchester 01206 500900 Buy Tickets