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David Thomas Broughton – Biography

David Thomas Broughton occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable. Walls of noise and layers of beauty interweave and delight at every turn. Many people use loops these days. Broughton includes the glitches, mistakes, and the resulting comedy in his act, works with what he has, and moves on.  His performance can be unsettling and potentially confrontational.

Broughton writes songs of beauty, with classic themes of love, pain, hurt, suicide, depression, teenage angst etc… It’s just they come out with a comedic twist and are rarely reproduced in a live setting as they are heard on record.

Released at the end of 2014, ‘Sliding the Same Way’ is a collaboration with adventurous a cappella trio Juice. It spans the hymnal to human beatbox, discord to angelic harmony, with lyrical themes displaying the weaknesses of men, via rural imagery and sombre love songs, to the decline of northern industry and pub brawls.

The current release is a 3LP with each of the three volumes released by 3 different labels in 3 different countries. A review of the project can be found here:

David is the subject of a documentary “The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton” which started screening in 2015.

Press Quotes:

Broughton’s live shows are miniature spectacles: He roams through the crowd and uses furniture as percussion. He layers sounds in slightly haphazard ways, as though his songs weren’t so holy that he couldn’t subject them to chance.

Mike Powell 6.9 – Pitchfork June 2011

straddling the line between music hall turn and avant-garde performance artist, Broughton’s live show is not to be missed.

MOJO May 2011

arguably the most staggering live musician in the country.

Sonny Baker – MOJO August 2010

The most brilliant and baffling show I’m likely to see this year

Hank Schteamer, Time Out New York – 2010


DTB site:



Watch: videos page


In Addition:

Owen Richards took some decently nice photos a while back. You should get him to give you some or take some more if you need.

In the meantime see these archive comments:

On tour with Shearwater, 2010

some blog comment, 2010

German Review:
Show at West Germany, Berlin, March 2010

DTB, Doveman, Samamidon Tour, February 2009:
rochdaleonline – Rochdale
travelblog – Manchester


Live at Teatro Aveirense, Aveiro Portugal, 2010

In Issue 36 of ‘The Fader’, 2006

Report by the Photographer for Tank Magazine, 2009

Folk Ad-Hoc Session, 2009

At SoundCloud hear: david-thomas-broughton-chez-le-fleuriste, Paris, 2009

At beast-for-thee.blogspot, david-thomas-broughton-samamidon, 2009

A little note from a photographer at a Scala gig in 2009 (supporting Duke and the King)