GENRE-DEFYING live band The Urban Folk Quartet will be appearing live in the Lake District next month.

Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh have been thrilling international audiences with their high-energy acoustic music since 2009, and will be returning to the Theatre by the Lake, in Keswick, on Sunday July 8.

The UFQ have won multiple awards and fans, blazing a trail across the world.

With fiddle-led music that draws heavily from Celtic dance forms and traditional song, they embrace diverse influences in their arrangements. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, Afrobeat to north Indian rhythms, their sound is like no other and delivered with truly astounding virtuosity.

The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, their approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music.

Galician fiddler Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages, recorded and toured the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez.

Joe Broughton, known for his work with the Albion Band, Bellowhead, and Joss Stone, is long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan joined UFQ in 2014, as guitarist, oud player and founding member Frank Moon stepped out of touring life.

The line-up is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.

With the vibrant and diverse Birmingham music scene as a fundamental influence, UFQ is a truly international band.

Foreign touring and globally-influenced music have been at the heart of what they do since day one, when in June 2009 their first four gigs took place in four different countries.

Since then UFQ’s trail has blazed across the world, playing everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, igniting audiences and winning them a devoted fan base.

The Urban Folk Quartet appear at Theatre by the Lake on Sunday July 8, from 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the venue's box office.