20180921: Friday 21st September: Tom McConville
Support: Kevin Hunt
Tom McConville: Since starting his musical journey in folk clubs in the North East in the early 70s, Tom has collaborated successfully with many top class musicians. Turning professional in 1974, he joined Bob Fox in a duo, became a member of folk/rock band Magna Carta with whom he played all over Europe, and then formed a memorable partnership with Kieron Halpin. With the group Dab Hand, Tom visited the USA. After joining Syncopace, he worked with guitarist Chris Newman, and then spent the next 11 years recording and touring with Northumbrian piper Pauline Cato.
His career took a new turn in 2006, with Scots instrumentalist of the year, Aaron Jones, and All-Ireland Champion flute, fiddle and whistle ace, Claire Mann. Along with Kieran Boyle, Peter Tickell, Dave Wood and Kevin McGuire, Tom completed an acclaimed solo CD, 'Tommy on the Bridge'. Two more solo albums followed, 'Tommy on Song' and 'Tommy on the Road', and he was voted Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Recently Tom has travelled extensively as a duo with David Newey and with three and four piece line ups featuring David, Shona Kipling, Phil Murray and Andy Watt.
Tom has played on hundreds of albums for such artists as Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor and Lindisfarne, and has shared stages with Stephan Grappelli, Sean McGuire, Mark O'Connor, Paul Brady and The Chieftains.
“One of the greatest violinists I've ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music - A true master,” Seth Lakeman.
Kevin Hunt is an Irish singer/songwriter from Sligo, now living in Cambridge, who found his voice when he borrowed his neighbour's guitar at 15 years of age. He has been writing songs from then on, and performing in clubs, festivals and corners ever since. He grew up listening to the “Holy Trinity”, as he calls them, of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen. You will hear similarities to them in the style and subject matter of his song-writing. As he says himself, “Original songs about the same old problems”.
"Kevin's songs are sometimes raw, sometimes funny and sometimes beautiful. A great performance," Cambridge Folk Club.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £12(door), £11(advance), £10(members).