KentFolk Events

Where possible these are held in the remarkable
Littlebourne Thatched Barn,
next to St.Vincents church,
at the intersection of
Jubilee Rd. and Church Rd.,
Littlebourne, Kent. CT3 1TU
(on A257, Canterbury to Wingham).

Littlebourne Barn Exterior

Fiddlers Various 2009
Tommy Peoples

Tommy Peoples in Littlebourne Barn, 2007

Master Irish fiddler Tommy Peoples from Donegal has again accepted an invitation from Beau of KentFolk and Valmai of The Lewes Saturday Folk Club to visit the South East of England in the Autumn of 2009, as a Fiddlers Various special event.

Tommy Peoples is, quite simply, a living legend, the greatest exponent of the driving Donegal style which is his hallmark. Tommy Peoples was an early member of the Bothy Band, and has recorded numerous CDs (discography: a, b). His remarkable self-produced CD "The Quiet Glen" (1998) earned him Ireland's highest accolade as "Traditional Musician of the Year", the first person to be so honored by the Irish Government. In spite of this he is an intensely modest man.

At the time Tommy was living and playing regularly in County Clare - KentFolk paid a wonderful 10 day visit in 1999, following Tommy from gig to gig. Tommy then moved to the USA, where he gave workshops and concerts. More recently Tommy has moved back to his old family home in County Donegal, and we have a chance to hear him again in the UK.

Catharine Kingcome, who has painted many Irish musicians in addition to the above picture about Tommy, and is a fiddler herself, says of Tommy : "in my opinion probably the best trad Irish fiddle player there's ever been". For myself, I hear a complexity and detail in his playing that I have not heard elsewhere.

KentFolk flew to Scotland just before Christmas 2005 and attended a workshop and recital by Tommy near Glasgow, and also Fiddle 2005 in Edinburgh, where Tommy gave both a talk and a concert. If anything there seemed to be an even greater depth to Tommy's playing.

YouTube Video of Tommy Peoples

These are the first videos that I have seen of Tommy Peoples that go some way to do him justice :

Link to 3 part Video on Tommy Peoples

When you hear Tommy, you know you are being taken on a journey ...
its about reaching some part of the music that only Tommy can go ....

P.J. Curtis, (musicologist)


Tommy Peoples accepted an invitation from Beau of KentFolk to come from Donegal to London and the South East of England in the Summer of 2007, and played a numer of concerts as well as holding two fiddle workshops. The photo reports of these remarkable events can be seen at 2007-06-08to11 Fiddlers Various 2007 Tommy Peoples tour
Note: in 2007 both Lewes workshop and concert SOLD OUT when there was still a month to go.


Tommy Peoples has accepted an invitation from Valmai of The Lewes Saturday Folk Club and Beau of KentFolk to again come from Donegal to the South East of England in the Autumn of 2009.

Fiddlers Various 2009 - Sussex :

Tommy will hold an all-day fiddle workshop at The Lewes Saturday Folk Club (formerly the Lewes Arms Folk Club), Lewes, near Brighton, Sussex, BN7 1YH, on Saturday 12th September, 2009, and then give a recital as part of the evening folk club. The workshop will follow the standard format of Lewes Arms Folk Club workshop days and there will be twenty places at £40 each. Separate tickets for the evening folk club, when Tommy will give a recital, will be available in advance at £9 (maximum approx. fifty people). To register interest in the Lewes Arms events and receive a booking form nearer the time, please send your postal address to Valmai Goodyear, 20, St. John's Terrace, Lewes, BN7 2DL. Full details will also appear on the club's website; Tel. 01273 476757.
Note: Valmai reports (early July 2009) that the Lewes workshop has SOLD OUT, and the concert tickets are going fast.

Fiddlers Various 2009 - Kent :

The following day, on Sunday 13th September, 2009, Tommy Peoples will come to Kent, and hold a full afternoon's workshop at the excellent Littlebourne Thatched Barn, near Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1TU, followed by an evening concert.

Workshop : 2pm - 4.45pm, at the Littlebourne Thatched Barn. Tickets are £25 per place, and places will be limited.
Evening Concert : 7:30 pm for 8pm, to about 10:30pm in the Littlebourne Thatched Barn. Tickets are £15 each.
Littlebourne Thatched barn is at the intersection of Jubilee Rd. and Church Road, just next to the church (map).

If you are interested in the workshop, please print and fill in a Workshop Booking Form, which gives further details.
Please send your cheque (made out to "KentFolk") and an SAE and email addresses to :
Beau Webber, Kent Folk, Canterbury Enterprise Hub, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent. CT2 7NJ
- or more simply, web based booking is now live for the Littlebourne events below.
Any questions :

Fiddlers Various 2007 photo report

Tickets for Fiddlers Varous 2009, Littlebourne Thatched Barn, Kent :

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Accommodation, Food, Drink :

There will be a bar serving beers, wine and soft drinks

Food is available all day in the villages, in a number of pubs, inns, hotels and restaurants, and there is a campsite, but do phone to book - follow the above link for more details.

Directions :

Littlebourne Thatched Barn,
next to St.Vincents church,
at the intersection of
Jubilee Rd. and Church Rd.,
Littlebourne, Kent. CT3 1TU.
(on A257, Canterbury to Wingham).

CDs :

Some of Tommy Peoples' CDs, including "The Quiet Glen", are available from Custy's Traditional Music Shop, 1 Francis Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. (Do a search on their site for "Peoples".)
Dr. Beau Webber, ... 2009-01-25.

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