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 have 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 The City and The Tower to his muscular arrangement of High Germany, Thom’s inventive musicality and powerful tenor voice shine through.
Live highlights to date include performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, and Shambala, and sharing stages with Lankum, Stick In The Wheel, and Chris Wood.
“perhaps Thom Ashworth is in the vanguard of a new generation of protest singers” – Folk Radio UK
“…amply confirms the earlier assessment of ‘voice-to-watch’. Head Canon is an assured collection delivering bold reimaginings of six traditional songs, four originals and an unusual Ewan MacColl cover” ★★★★★ – fRoots, Spring 2019
“Spell-bindingly good” – Greg Russell, BBC Sheffield