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We are Brothers Broke

Tangled up in Blues, Dylan and The Beatles.

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Brothers Broke perform an acoustic bluesy interpretation of cover songs by a range of artists including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Clapton, JJ Cale, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dire Straits, Neil Young, The Band and Van Morrison.

With tight harmonies and a mellow, acoustic delivery, we play as a duo (guitar, bass, harmonica), trio (+keyboards) or quartet (+drums), depending on venues and desired ambience.

Performances vary from Music Festivals including The Edinburgh Festival (EdFringe), Brighton Fringe, Mole Valley Arts Festival and DylanFest, to hotel venues including the luxurious Chateau de Lartigolle in Toulouse, France, and selected atmospheric bars from Surrey to Belfast.

Brothers Broke are Members of The Alliance of Musicians & Performers.

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EdFringe 2022

One band, two shows, 24 performances. We are pleased to be back at EdFringe 2022 with our sellout show ‘When Judas Met John’ plus our new show ‘Sitting on a Cornflake’.

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EdFringe 2022

Our live show ‘When Judas Met John’ at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, was a sellout success and we will be returning in 2022 with two shows:
‘When Judas Met John’ – 12 performances.
‘Sitting on a Cornflake’ – 12 performances.
For dates, times, venues and ticket sales, see our Festival Gig Dates page.
You can view videos of last year’s show on our Live Videos page.

When Judas Met John

About 'When Judas Met John'

Presenting a musical journey alternating between Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Irish duo Brothers Broke adapt and perform a bluesy fusion of songs by both artists. This casual and engaging 40-minute show features the like-minded lyrics of both artists, covering themes of love & jealousy; social attitudes; creativity; and revolution of the mind.

This show is charismatic in its offering of tight and subtle ‘sibling’ harmonies supported by solid acoustic blues guitar and harmonica, adding musical personality and character by way of interpretation of the songs.

Sitting on a Cornflake

About 'Sitting on a Cornflake'

Influenced by the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney, Brothers Broke compare, adapt and perform a unique interpretation of songs by both artists from their Beatles and solo careers.

This alluring acoustic 45-minute show compares the individual styles and personalities that contributed to a unique partnership that saw both composers constantly driven to better themselves. Brothers Broke modify and present the songs in an acoustic blues and folk style, exploring influence, inspiration and the competitiveness of this collaborative, yet often independent, songwriting partnership.

Review: When Judas Met John
By Louise Rodgers, Three Weeks Edinburgh
****4/5

A welcome return of this interesting show to the Fringe. This informal yet earnest folk club-like performance was not a tribute to either John Lennon or Bob Dylan, rather it was an exploration, with musical examples, of how Brothers Broke consider that these two artists influenced each other.

There was no attempt to sound like Dylan or Lennon here, and this Irish duo’s own arrangements gave integrity. Like A Rolling Stone was a highlight; it was enjoyable to hear these well-loved songs in the company of fellow enthusiasts with the addition of something to think about!

Brothers Broke Edinburgh Fringe 2021
Harmonica Hugh at EdFringe 2021
Brothers Broke at The Space Triplex, EdFringe
Brothers Broke at EdFringe 2021

Music

Recorded at Hive Studios in London, we offer our interpretation of two inspirational Beatles songs below: ‘I am the Walrus’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’.

Recordings

Our first recording ‘I am the Walrus’ exemplifies John Lennon at his creative, non-sensical best. With wide-ranging influences including Bob Dylan, Lewis Carroll and Allen Ginsberg, we have overdubbed the music with voiceovers that hint at some of the people and circumstances that influenced the lyrics and musical arrangement of this unique and surreal song.

Our second recording ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ is a chilled down acoustic version of Lennon’s raw, emotional self-portrait.

The famous rooftop ‘Let It Be’ footage from street level inspired the imagery for our ‘record covers’ here!

Tom recording at Hive Studios
Stu recording at Hive Studios
Hugh recording at Hive Studios
Reviewing the mix

Videos

Live videos of our shows at EdFringe 2021 as well as our Virtual EdFringe 2020 from a sunny field in Surrey.

Videos

Click on any of the images below to view live performances of our show ‘When Judas Met John’ at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021; our virtual Fringe in 2020 in a field in Surrey; and the EdFringe in 2019.

Reviews: When Judas Met John

By Richard Purden, The Edinburgh Reporter
This is an enjoyable 45 minutes…competent musicians performing harmonies and telling stories with ease. Roll On John performed here was a fitting tribute. The duo deliver a memorable arrangement of I Am The Walrus. It’s not an easy feat to perform such an epic song in a stripped-down manner and retain the original energy of the cut”.

By Theatre Weekly
The brothers, singing and playing both the guitars and the harmonica, are charming and effortless performers. Their voices harmonise almost naturally and you can tell that they really enjoy the music they play. When Judas Met John is an interesting concept”

By NorthWestend UK
An enjoyable 20 minutes – it was well done. Excellent harmonica work. With a bit of luck, I will get to see the full show in Edinburgh next year.

Festival Gig Dates

2022 sees us playing at Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Mole Valley Arts Festival and Dorking Halls.

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Festival Gig Dates in 2022

May 27th 2022
Brighton Fringe @ Brighton Unitarian Church
Show (50mins): When Judas Met John @ 8.45pm
You can buy tickets for our Brighton show directly here

May 28th 2022
Brighton Fringe @ Brighton Unitarian Church
Show (50mins): When Judas Met John @ 1.00pm
You can buy tickets for our Brighton show directly here

Aug 8th to Aug 20th 2022
Edinburgh Fringe @ The Space Triplex, Venue 38
Two 50 min shows over two weeks as follows:
When Judas Met John @ 7.20pm – 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Aug
Sitting on a Cornflake @ 8.15pm – 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Aug
You can buy tickets for our Edinburgh Festival shows directly here

Oct 21st 2022
Arts Alive Festival @ Charlwood Parish Hall
Show: Sitting on a Cornflake @ 7:30pm (90 mins with interlude)
Tickets on sale at door only

Oct 23rd 2022  
Arts Alive Festival @ Dorking Halls Green Room Theatre
Show: When Judas Met John @ 7:30pm (90 mins with interlude)
You can buy tickets for our Dorking Halls show here

For further ticket information for above events, call Tom on 07557 742515

Brothers Broke live at Edinburgh Festival
Brothers broke live at the BBC
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Brothers Broke Surrey Beer Festival

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