"Awesome” and “Totally Unbelievably Fantastic"
Were some of the audience comments from two of their recent shows.
“Fabulous time last night at Bilsdale Folk in great company. Guest Angie Archer’s “Bradband” (Nephew Robert deputising for Phil’s absence) AKA Broadband were just stunning” Frank Auffret club organiser Aug 2014
Just to say 'thank you' for a great concert (at Thornley Village Hall) last night. My husband Tez and I really enjoyed your music. Hope to see you in concert again soon.
Best wishes Andrea Buckle June 2014
On Angie winning the Fred Jordan competition for best Traditional singer at 2012 Saltburn Folk festival
“The winner they (the judges) produced was an absolutely stunning singer - Angela Archer and so very well done to her . The song she sang at the presentation had the audience spell bound with her delivery and purest of tone and tune.”
Comment by “Betsy” on Mudcat cafe forum
Saltburn Folk Festival last year had a remarkably strong lineup, full of folk favourites and yet the audience at the final concert on the Sunday night was stunned by the beauty of the voice of the winner of the Fred Jordan Competition for best traditional singer, Angie Archer. We immediately wanted to bring that voice to Hardraw for our audience
Organisers of 2013 HardrawFolk Gathering
On the bands appearance at the 2013 Saltburn Folk Festival
Just wanted to write and congratulate you on a wonderful contribution at the Festival. My wife Jane and I travelled up from Wargrave on Thames (near Henley on Thames) for the weekend and were bowled over by your music. The singing and playing was truly excellent.
Robert Austen Folk event organiser Wargrave on Thames festival
“And I thought folk music had to be dreary”
Young audience member, Butterfly nights, Heaton Rd, Newcastle on Tyne
Thanks also to George Featherston of the Cutty Wren Folk club for this review in the clubs newsletter
Recent Guests and Special Nights
“First guests of the season were “BROADBAND”.
They're a good solid crew with a truly broad repertoire.
I loved "Lets drink to political correctness" by bandmember Angie's
husband(Ron), but their a'Capella "Another Train" was very impressive.”
This is a vibrant and accomplished little ensemble whose proud versatility and broad eclectic repertoire base immediately endear them to audiences everywhere they play.
David Kidman Folkroundabout magazine
On BROADBAND’s CD BRUSSELS LACE
“BROADBAND have produced an outstanding album of well chosen songs, the album flows along from start to finish, just like their excellent live performances.
Angie’s crystal clear vocals complement Martin and Phil’s well balanced accompaniment. This album is a real joy to listen to and is sure to enhance their already fast growing reputation”.
Stan Graham, Singer/songwriter & folk presenter BBC Radio York.
The Broadband sound is light-textured but always interesting, making good use of the possibilities afforded by the contrasting timbres of Banjo, Guitar, mandolin, Bouzouki & Ukulele.
The rapport between band members is very much apparent, as is their infectious passing-on of their own enthusiasm for their material, the most well known of which they’re not averse to adapting to accord with their own vision.
They do a good job with more off-the-wall selections too; where else might you find Wheatus’s Teenage Dirtbag and Instant Sunshines’s First year ukulele placed unashamedly alongside more sensitive fare (the traditional Black water side, John Doyle’s Liberty’s sweet shore, Alan Bell’s poignant Alice White and enterprising choices like Diana Jones Soldier Girl?
Broadband do a nice line in self penned “songmaking” too exemplified by the parodies Darwin’s Evolution and the Politically correct battle of Trafalgar.
With Broadband what you see (hear)is what you get honest-to-goodness interpretations sung with conviction & integrity
David Kidman CD reviews FolkRoundabout magazine