A handful of late summer appearances heralds a return to live in the UK, after eight years based in East Asia.
“A packed Tipi Tent transfixed throughout a performance that constantly pushes boundaries while conforming to no one along the way” – Gigwise, review of End of The Road Festival, 2018
“We saw his magic unfold again in an hour that we wish it never had ended. Old songs mixed with new ones, same style, same lopped and reverbed guitars, percussion and voice, showing us he’s back and he has a lot to say, even better than 10 years ago. Just pure sonic ecstasy.” – CLOT magazine, Review of Fort Process Festival, 2018
Broughton brings back his tender, heartfelt, obtuse, meandering, absurdist spectacle of a live show. As unpredictable as ever, weaving songs old and new, through haphazard audio landscapes.
“Broughton’s live shows are miniature spectacles… He layers sounds in slightly haphazard ways, as though his songs weren’t so holy that he couldn’t subject them to chance” – Pitchfork
“The most brilliant and baffling show I’m likely to see this year.” – Timeout NY
As a celebrated live performer, Broughton explores awkwardness through songs of beauty and dischord, relishing the absurd. Since David’s first few shows in his native Yorkshire in the early 2000s, he has performed at numerous festivals, toured extensively across the UK, Europe, USA, played shows in Japan and Korea.
Also toured China in 2017 and 2018: Tour Diary from 5-date China tour, 2018
“Straddling the line between music hall turn and avant-garde performance artist, Broughton’s live show is not to be missed.” – MOJO magazine
Contact for booking and enquiries: david t broughton at gmail dot com
Broughton was also the subject of the 2015 documentary
‘The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton’ (dir: Greg Butler).
“a film that manages to confound the mystery around its subject while capturing his peculiar allure. It’s a portrait of a true English eccentric.” – Bella Todd, The Guardian
“The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton is a great-looking delve into a little known musical crevasse and a loving ode to the odd.” – Tim Oxley-Smith, Crack Magazine
“a quite remarkable filmic account of what is a quite remarkable musical talent” – Simon Godley, God Is In The TV
“David Thomas Broughton’s debut ought to catapult him somewhere near the head of the bearded class” – 8.4 Pitchfork
In over a decade since the critically acclaimed debut The Complete Guide to Insufficency, David has continued to produce records which delightfully interweave layers of beauty and discomfort, releasing both solo and collaborative work.
Highlights include 2007’s sprawling one-take album with jazz-folk chamber quartet 7Hertz, 2010’s concise song collection ‘Outbreeding’ with producer Andy Ramsey (Stereolab), the MacBook pin-mic recorded feedback-laced journey through 2013’s cassette release ‘UnAbleTo’ and the stripped back ‘Sliding The Same Way’ with classical vocal trio Juice in 2014. 2016 saw him working over email with a number of guest artists on 2016’s ‘Crippling Lack’.
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Show at West Germany, Berlin, March 2010
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.
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