About the band and other collaborations
As well as performing solo at venues large and small throughout the UK and Europe, Tom tours with a variety of accompanists.
As a duo with David Newey or Andy Watt on guitar.
Tom also tours every year throughout the UK and Europe with amazing German guitarist Jens Kommnick.
“Wherever they play there is always that brand of magic -
Shona Kipling began playing accordion aged eleven; winning competitions run by Comhaltas and became UK champion twice, played in three all-
Playing a mixture of Irish, English, Scandinavian and self-
Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style.
Guitarist David Newey is a singer songwriter, and one of the most sought after accompanists in the business. He has toured with bands Rubus, Nandobinyan, Arlen and with Christi Andropolis. David’s driving rhythm and unique style, incorporating both fingerstyle and flatpicking, has taken him to all the major festivals and concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.
Phil Murray introduced the acoustic bass guitar to the live music scene more than 30 years ago and is acknowledged as its finest exponent. His unique and innovative style adds power, drive and sensitive accompaniment to all elements of acoustic music. Phil currently records and tours with the indomitable Doonan Family Band. A founder member of the legendary Hedgehog Pie and folk rockers Jack the Lad, Phil has played major venues and festivals all over the world. He is a consummate pro whose humour and ability to engage an audience complements Tom’s dry Geordie wit.
“I so admire Tom McConville's music. He has given 40 years of dedication and passion to the folk scene and everybody loves him!”
The Tom McConville band is surely the most entertaining, exciting four-
Tom ’s exceptional voice is bought to the fore with big choruses and a great choice of songs and tunes; one minute they’ll be tearing through a heart stopping set of Irish and Scottish reels – the next, you’ll be transported to a world of travellers and tradesmen, tricksters and true lovers. They’ve played every major festival, arts centre and theatre in the UK and take regular forays to Europe, and the crowds throng wherever they go. Entertainment, virtuoso playing and sheer enjoyment -