Tom McConville & Tony Wilson at Edinburgh FC / EFC
Tom McConville and Tony Wilson used to play alongside each other as a duo in the mid-seventies and continued to perform in a variety of bands and groups until 1980. Always friends, it wasnt until a chance meeting at Whitby Festival in the summer of 2009 that the idea of playing and presenting together was mentioned.
Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville, who first appeared at EFC in the mid-1970s with Bob Fox and many times since, makes a most welcome return tonight. Tom was BBC Radio 2's Folk Musician of the Year in 2009 - a coveted accolade - and is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances which are a roller coaster 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. Truly the most original fiddle player in the UK, Tom blends traditional music from his home town of Newcastle-on-Tyne with Irish, American and Scottish influences to create a sound that has elements of jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical music.
Over the years he has recorded with and appeared alongside performers as diverse as Stephane Grappelli, Barbara Dickson, Lindsifarne, Richard Thompson and many others on well over a hundred albums - and continues to be in huge demand.
Tony Wilson was born in South Shields and is a musician and storyteller with story-telling tours since 1999 in the UK., annual tours in South America and Europe, as well as work in China and Korea. Since 1999 he has visited almost 2 000 schools but Tony had been a very active and well-regarded performer long before that as a singer, guitarist, ukulele and banjo player as well as a first class storyteller
Together, Tom and Tony present an entertaining, rich and varied collection of music and song that they have absorbed, developed and written during their long and varied careers, bringing together all of their skills and expertise to display a refreshingly dynamic and unique take on folk music old and new.
Having first met in Leeds in the early 70s, Tom and Tony played alongside one another for many years, both as a duo and in numerous bands, having learned all of their traditional tunes in the Irish pubs and their songs from their constant touring on the folk circuit in the UK, America and Europe. In 1989, when Tony moved back to the Northeast he became a teacher, (later to become a full-time storyteller in 1999), and Tom continued touring with many bands: Dab Hand, Magna Carta and in duos with Bob Fox, Pauline Cato and Kieran Halpin, as well as a hugely-respected performer and session musician in his own right.
Their paths often crossed and, after that chance meeting at Whitby Festival, Tom and Tony decided to develop a selection of stories, Winter Tales, to present in schools, theatres and arts centres through the Winter (which they continue to this day, with each year becoming busier and more successful).
In 2014 they successfully combined their talents to tour Songs of The Great War, a collection of music, stories and reminiscences, in schools, but it wasn't until the Winter of 2015 that they finally decided to combine their musical skills to perform as a musical duo. After the great reception they received for these concerts they decided to make a real go of it and tonight we'll have music from Ireland, Scotland and America and traditional, contemporary and original songs from all over the world.
So come in, sit down, get a drink and expect to be amazed, amused and entertained by two of the North-East of England's finest sons.
The Pleasance Cabaret Bar (View)
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
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