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22nd February, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Each half on the evening will consist of approx 45 mins Singaround & 25 minutes Tom Kitching.

Although there is no charge for this event, you can contribute to Tom’s online tip jar here or on the night.



An evening with fiddle player and writer, Tom Kitching.

When Tom set off to busk around England, a little over two years ago, he couldn’t have known he was documenting the end of an era. From being angrily summoned to return to a County Durham coal mining village to halcyon days amongst fellow buskers on the Cornish Riviera. From the heart of the Black Country to the square mile of the City of London.

It was a quest to get to know his own country better, through its native music, a quest completed just in time for the high street to close and the country to head into a state of profound change.

It’s become a moment in time, the before. What will we find when we all finally emerge and take stock of the worst recession on record and the inevitable consequences of our agonising, slow-motion rupture with the EU?

“One of the best books on England in recent years.” Mike Harding

“It’s like reading one long, beautiful song” Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3

“There are dozens of folk violinists, but few with the attack, passion, and ingenuity of Tom Kitching. The most beautiful instrumental playing of the year.” – Sunday Express

Fiddle player and author of the book ‘Seasons of Change‘, Tom has worked with numerous singers and bands, including Pilgrims’ Way, Gavin Davenport, Jon Loomes, Gren Bartley, Zoe Mulford, and Albireo. He has tutored at several Summer Schools, and has lead numerous workshops around the country. Heavily involved in the dance scene, and veteran of over 1500 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 first 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.

In March 2020, he released Seasons of Change a book and an album capturing a moment in time in the streets of England.

Tom is also a much in demand fiddle teacher in the North West of England.

You can find out more about Tom and his music and Seasons of Change, and buy CDs and the Book at www.tomkitching.co.uk/

What They’ve Been Saying

“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

“You’ve developed your own completely unique fiddling style.” – Emma Reid

“If you carry on playing like that, you’ll be dead by the time you’re 40.” – Patron of the Bridge Inn, Ripponden


To attend, your Zoom access code will be found on the Chesham Folk Club Newsletter. However if you do not receive our regular Newsletter then please email cheshamfolk123@gmail.com with Feb 22 as the message title and we’ll send you the Zoom access code a day or two before the event.


If you would like to receive our regular Newsletter please fill in the form on the home page of our website at www.cheshamfolkclub.org.uk


Or until we run out of performers / pieces / the will to live, whichever is earlier.


  • You will need a Windows, Mac, iPad or Android device with a camera, microphone and speakers.
  • All tablets, Macs and Windows laptops should get you in
  • Desktop PCs may need external webcams, microphones and speakers.
  • You don’t need to install Zoom, the link will allow you to participate via the Zoom web pages.
  • If you have Zoom installed, please ensure it has been upgraded to version 5 or higher.
  • There are tweaks that need to be made to the audio settings in Zoom to stop it treating accompanying instruments as background noise.




22nd February, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm