A public concert as part of our annual English Fiddle Weekend. Our four tutors – Tom Kitching (Pilgrim’s Way), Rowan Rheingans (Rheingans Sisters, Lady Maisery) and Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll – head-up an informal evening concert to showcase of the humble fiddle!
Latest CD, “The Songs of Edward Capern” features landscape and life-inspired poetry from a renowned Victorian ‘postman poet’ set to beautiful music, drawing on and evoking the folk melodies of 19th Century Devon. Nick and Becki also play with Jim Causley as the Jim Causley Trio.
In a successful ten year career, Tom Kitching has worked with numerous singers and bands, including Pilgrims’ Way, Gavin Davenport, Jon Loomes, Gren Bartley, and Albireo. He has tutored at Folkworks Summer Schools, and has lead numerous workshops around the country. Heavily involved in the dance scene, and veteran of over a 1200 gigs, he stands at the leading edge of the English folk scene. His style is English at heart, whilst encompassing elements of many other traditions. It is a unique, vibrant style full of exuberance, energy and wit, yet capable of expressing extraordinary emotional depth. In March 2015, he released his solo album, ‘Interloper’, a deeply personal project to capture the state of the English instrumental tradition and define the role of the fiddle within it.
“Tom Kitching is one of the best English fiddlers ever – he plays with fire and gusto, energy, intelligence and feel – takes English folk music by the scruff of the neck and sends it off laughing and dancing and having a good time.” Mike Harding
Rowan Rheingans is a multi-instrumentalist from Derbyshire, England. Drawing inspiration from English folk music and also european musical influences, Rowan is now well known for her distinctive fiddle playing, voice and 5-string banjo. Both a performer and educator of folk music from a young age, Rowan has also studied traditional music in a number of ways, including spending a year in Sweden where the music she became steeped in continues to influence her work. Rowan tours regularly as part of BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery – Halsway’s Artists in Residence in 2017 – who have released two critically acclaimed albums of intelligently re-worked traditional material, championing inventive vocal harmony, innovative instrumentation and arrangement. She also tours in the UK and Europe with fiddle-singing sister-duo The Rheingans Sisters, as part of Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band and as a songwriter and composer in solo and collaborative projects.