Interloper – out now
Top flight fiddler Tom Kitching, a former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalist, is the man behind one of the most intriguing and thought-provoking roots music releases of 2015, as he presses the reset button on English music.
Previously best known as one half of a duo with singer-songwriter/guitarist Gren Bartley and a member of the brilliant, BBC award-nominated ‘trad with a twist’ band Pilgrims’ Way, Cheshire-born Tom has been described by Living Tradition magazine as “one of the best young fiddlers in Britain”.
In a career spanning nine years and over 1,000 gigs, Kitching has fine-tuned an exuberant, expressive and emotive fiddle style. But now he embarks on a quest to put his finger on the pulse of English music and take the tradition out for a spin into previously unexplored territory.
He brings to Interloper a trio of top young performers from outside the main English music vein to put an alternative, organic stamp on what may be perceived as the English tradition – Norway’s Marit Fält on låtmandola (swedish mandocello), Scotland’s Freya Rae on flute and clarinet and Lancashire’s Jim Molyneux on drums and percussion.
Tom and band will be touring in March and early April with an album launch at St Kentigern’s Irish Centre, Manchester on March 20.
Artist’s website: www.tomkitching.co.uk
Edgy and eclectic this is a fascinating project – the musical stew is tasty and the fiddling a powerful illustration of the English style with an almost medieval earthiness. This CD will no doubt have an impact on English and other musicians” – The Living Tradition Magazine
“ A fast rising name in the fiddle world delivers an exuberant, expressive solo debut – a fine set of jigs, reels and Morris tunes throw welcome new light into an oft neglected corner of music” – Acoustic Magazine
“The interplay of instruments is top notch” – FATEA Magazine
The Tom Kitching Band – ‘Cobbler’s Hornpipe’ live: