English folksinger & bassist

"A vibrant new voice-to-watch on the folk scene" - fRoots 

Debut album ‘Head Canon’ out now

“…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

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Pre-order my debut album ‘Head Canon’ (released March 29th 2019) now

My EPs Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture (2017) and Hollow (2018) are available on digital download on bandcamp.

Limited edition CDs of both releases are now SOLD OUT!

Stream Everybody's Gone To The Rapture online:

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Stream Hollow online:

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Upcoming

April 13th Ace Space, Newbury (w/ Urban Folk Quartet) TICKETS

May 5th Bristol Folk Festival TICKETS

May 21st Paper Dress Vintage, London (w/ Artmagic) TICKETS

June 7th Home Farm Festival TICKETS

June 8th & 9th Wimbourne Minster Folk Festival TICKETS

June 14th The Ram Club, Thames Ditton (duo with Ellie Wilson) TICKETS

June 23rd The Greystones, Sheffield (w/ Nicola Beazley) TICKETS

July 6th The MET, Bury (w/ Nicola Beazley) TICKETS

August 8th Sidmouth Folk Week TICKETS

September 1st Moseley Folk Festival TICKETS

September 27th Campfire Club, London (w/ The Rheingans Sisters) TICKETS

 

Past shows

April 5th Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry (w/ Beth Porter)
March 30th Toy Museum Folk Club, Brighton (w/ Iona Fyfe)
February 20th
Album Showcase @ Cecil Sharp House, London (w/ Nicola Beazley)
February 9th
Royal Traditions @ The Royal Hotel, Dungworth, Sheffield
January 31st West End Centre, Aldershot (w/ Lucy Farrell)

2018

December 14th Yuletide Celebration @ The Foundling Museum, London

November 30th The Goose Is Out @ The Ivy House, London (w/ Chris Wood)

November 28th What's Cookin', London

September 27th Folkroom By Sea, Brighton

September 26th Folkroom Fortnightly @ The Harrison, London

September 22nd Mill Race Folk Club, Bedford (w/ Jack Sharp)

August 25th Shambala Festival

August 19th Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

August 6th Sidmouth Folk Week (evening w/Stick In The Wheel)

August 6th Sidmouth Folk Week (daytime w/ Plastikes Karikles)

July 21st Summer Westival @ West End Centre, Aldershot

July 13th The Ram Club, Thames Ditton (w/ Heidi Talbot & John McCusker)

July 4th St Michael's Folk Evening, St Albans

June 30th Folk On The Quay, Poole

June 3rd Jaz & Jul's, London

June 8th Home Farm Festival, Somerset

May 18th St George's Church (Brighton Festival), Brighton (w/ Lankum)

April 6th Grayshott Folk Club, Grayshott (w/ Connla)

March 21st D3W3, Alton

March 12th Green Note Cafe, London (w/ Allison Sleator)

February 1st Folkroom By Sea, Village, Brighton

2017

December 20th Southbank Centre, London (w/ Alice Zawadzki)

December 19th The Old Church Stoke Newington, London (w/ Lisa Knapp)

November 19th Newington Green Chapel, London

November 8th Green Note Cafe, London (w/ Harrow Fair)

October 17th Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

September 16th Sark Roots Festival, Channel Islands

September 13th Folkroom Fortnightly @ The Harrison, London (w/ Kirsty Merryn)

July 28th Cambridge Folk Festival

June 25th Leigh Folk Festival, Leigh On Sea

June 25th Made in East Village, London (w/ You Are Wolf)

June 21st Folkroom Fortnightly @ The Harrison, London

June 16th Lost Horizons @ Birkbeck Tavern, London

June 9th Small Is Beautiful Festival, Machynylleth (w/ Ewan McLennan)

May 26th & 28th Alderney Performing Arts Festival, Channel Islands

May 3rd The Unseen Hour (live podcast recording) @ Rosemary Branch, London (podcast episode here)

April 8th Grinagog Festival, Torquay

March 18th Winemakers Club, London (w/John Langan

February 26th Vault Festival @ Vaults Theatre, London (w/Samantha Whates)

February 5th Sunday Sessions @ Union Chapel, London (w/ Dana Immanuel)

January 25th What's Cookin', London (w/ Miranda Mulholland)

January 18th Folkroom Fortnightly @ The Harrison, London

2016

November 16th What's Cookin', London

October 20th West End Centre, Aldershot (w/ Lynched) REVIEW

Press

‘Head Canon is unafraid, unashamedly a folk album, blending the new and innovative with the traditional, and I get the feeling that followers of folk music will be talking about it decades from now.’ - Fatea

‘His early releases always crackled with the promise that Ashworth’s debut album was going to prove something special. The promise is fulfilled.’ - Folking.com

‘…like a modern day Martin Carthy’ - Folk Radio UK

"Spell-bindingly good" - Greg Russell, BBC Sheffield

'Adventurous, exciting, and highly effective.' - FRoots

'..perhaps Thom Ashworth is in the vanguard of a new generation of protest singers.' - Folk Radio UK

"My favourite EP of the year... it's innovative, it's subtle, it's atmospheric, it merits a much bigger stage." - Mike Brocken, Folkscene BBC Merseyside

'Once you’ve heard him, you won’t forget that superb tenor voice or the unique sound the tracks on this EP have to offer.' - Folk Radio UK

'...exceedingly skilful use of stripped back accompaniments, eliciting maximum musical and atmospheric impact...His interpretation of Tyne of Harrow is moving in its honesty and simplicity, which belies a carefully constructed arrangement with vocals, bass and percussion building atmosphere and pathos into this tale.' - Bright Young Folk

'...ends in striking style with a dark, minimal and spooked version of Sidney Carter’s ominous anti-war protest song ‘Crow On The Cradle’ - Folking.com