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 2018 Christmas tour with the Carnival band and a year of touring with Steeleye Span for their 50th Anniversary, 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 2021 Tour Dates

Tue 30th November The Atkinson Southport 01704 533333 Buy Tickets
Wed 1st December Lowther Pavilion Lytham St Annes 01253 794221 Buy Tickets
Sat 4th December The Kings Hall & Winter Garden Ilkley 01274 432000 Buy Tickets
Mon 6th December The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000 Buy Tickets
Tue 7th December St Georges Bristol 08454 024001 Buy Tickets
Wed 8th December The Corn Exchange Exeter 01392 665938 Buy Tickets
Fri 10th December The Revelation Ashford 01233 663201 Buy Tickets
Tue 14th December Cadogan Hall London 02077 304500 Buy Tickets
Wed 15th December The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800 Buy Tickets
Thurs 16th December Roses Theatre Tewkesbury 01684 295074 Buy Tickets
Sun 19th December Lyric Theatre Carmarthen 03452 263510 Buy Tickets
Mon 20th December Cheese & Grain Frome 01373 455420 Buy Tickets
Tue 21st December St John The Evangelist Oxford 01865 613507 Buy Tickets
Wed 22nd December Town Hall Birmingham 01212 896333 Buy Tickets