The Tom Mcconville Band is surely the most entertaining exciting four piece operating on the festival circuit today. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Musician of the Year Tom Mcconville ( who Seth Lakeman regards as his biggest influence ) . This band also features Shona Kipling, one of the finest accordion players in the country,David Newey who is an incredible and unique guitar player and Phil Murray who Mike Harding called the best acoustic Bass player in Britain.
Whilst the band has a backbone in traditional music, you’ll hear country, blues, jazz and rock and roll. Tom’s fantastic voice is brought to the fore with big choruses and a great choice of songs and tunes. One minute tearing through heart stopping Irish and Scottish reels and the next you’ll be transported to a world of travellers and tradesmen, tricksters and true lovers. They’ve played every major festival ,arts centre and theatre in the UK and take regular forays to Europe , and the crowds throng wherever they go.Entertainment, virtuoso playing and sheer enjoyment, THE TOM MCCONVILLE BAND !
“He was my biggest influence. He showed me all the tricks – bowing, decoration, playing drones… Things you have to see and can’t just learn from books.”
“Magnificent playing and singing. The crowd were ecstatic”
“This band is quite simply the top of the tree”