About Me

Just released! May 2024 - Where There's Brass.

A love letter to the waterways of England, and a rallying cry for what they can in the future.

Touring May/June.

Fiddle player and author, 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 2000 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.

Feel free to drop Tom a line. He's very friendly!

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Tom is on what they once called Twitter, but he's not very good at it yet.

What They've Been Saying

  "I'm devouring the book, not just reading it. The lad is one of the best fiddlers I've ever heard - he breathes life into the tunes. I didn't know he was also a very fine writer indeed. I've been a sucker for these books about these islands. Busking for his keep, with his feet on the pavement of the high streets and his hand sending music into the air, Tom is a wise and witty guide to England pre-Covid." - Mike Harding  

  "Better than Bill Bryson." - Audience member  

  "Not as good as Bill Bryson." - Another Audience Member  

  "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  

  "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. I considered removing this now I'm 40, but I had long considered it to be 'The Prophecy' and I'm very happy to have proved it wrong.