Tom’s rollercoaster of musical delights


TOM McConville and David Newey will be the guests at the final concert of the 2011 season for Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday evening in the Links Hotel, Montrose.

Tom, otherwise known as The Newcastle Fiddler, is one of the outstanding fiddle players of the current era. He is a virtuoso musician on fiddle and also a fantastic singer. His rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world. In his appearance at Montrose Folk Club, he will be accompanied by David Newey on guitar.

Tom is very much a musician’s musician. When Seth Lakeman accepted the award of Musician of the Year at the 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, he dedicated it to Tom. Tom was chosen as the Musician of the Year at the subsequent BBC Folk Awards in 2009.

The live performances of Tom combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes, through beautiful slow airs and, of course, great singing, all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style.

Born on Tyneside of Irish ancestry, he was brought up in the Globe Pub just off the Scotswood Road in Newcastle. With clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities, it was here that he first experienced traditional signing and Fiddle music. Since becoming a professional musician in the 70s, Tom has been a member of Dab Hand, Magna Carta and Syncopace. He has played in duos with guitarist, Chris Newman, and with Bob Fox. A memorable partnership with Kieron Halpin produced two award-winning albums and top billing at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Tom also spent 11 years recording and touring with Northumbrian Piper, Pauline Cato. Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel next Tuesday for what is guaranteed to be a wonderful evening of quality music and songs, and a memorable end to the 2011 season. Tom and David will be on stage at 8pm, with the doors open at 7.30pm.