12 - 14 June 2020
12 - 14
Thom Ashworth

"Perhaps Thom Ashworth is in the vanguard of a new generation of protest singers" - Folk Radio UK

An acoustic bass guitar may not seem like an obvious choice as an accompaniment instrument, but Thom shows that this distinctive instrumental voice can find a home in folk music, and that 4 strings are enough to delve into the canon of British folk music. Equal parts interpreter of traditional song and insightful political songwriter, the press has repeatedly compared him to Martin Carthy, Chris Wood, and Billy Bragg. This selection of luminaries doesn't tell the whole story though - from the sparse lament of Hollow ​​to his muscular arrangement of ​High Germany​​, Thom's inventive musicality and powerful tenor voice shine through.

Live highlights include performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, and Shambala, and support slots with Lankum, Stick In The Wheel, Chris Wood, and Lisa Knapp. Thom's EFDSS funded debut album ​Head Canon​​ will be released in February 2019.

'Adventurous, exciting, and highly effective.' - FRoots ‘...like a modern day Martin Carthy’ - Folk Radio UK

"My favourite EP of the year... it's innovative, it's subtle, it's atmospheric, it merits a much bigger stage." - Mike Brocken, Folkscene BBC Merseyside

'...exceedingly skilful use of stripped back accompaniments, eliciting maximum musical and atmospheric impact...' - Bright Young Folk

Programme for Thom Ashworth:

Sat 8th Jun 201916:15-17:00Saturday Olive Branch MusicOlive Branch Garden StageFree
Sun 9th Jun 201912:30-15:30Sunday Lunchtime in the Minster Minster ChurchVicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood
Thom Ashworth will be performing from 12:50 to 13:30
£15 in advance and £17.50 on the door