14 tracks: Si Beig Si More / Planxty Irwin / The Munster Cloak / The Kerry Slide * She Moved Through The Fair * Nancy / Sir John Fenwick * Jamie Rayburn * Hector The Hero / Hector The Hero * The Frost Is All Over / Off To California / The Rakes of Kildare / The Drops of Brandy * McCrimmond’s Lament / My Home * Ian and June Green - The Golden Years * O Gin I Were A Baron’s Heir * The Cradle Song / The Rowan Tree / The Rowan Tree / Lord Lovat’s Lament * The Lark in The Clear Air / The Mountains of Pomeroy * The Boat Songs: The Mingulay Boat Song / The Tay Boat Song / The Skye Boat Song * The Flo’er O’ The Quern / Sandy’s Goat / Madame Bonaparte / The Scholar * The Dill Pickle Rag
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Tom Ward plays concertina, guitar, small pipes and whistle on this album.
Tom started strumming the guitar when he was a teenager but later developed a love of the concertina, which became his instrument of choice. He went on to buy several concertinas, including a bass concertina which he bought from Ronnie Browne of The Corries and is the concertina Tom plays on the final track of the album.
Tom is a very latecomer to the pipes and says he is still learning the basics of playing them. He is even more of a latecomer to the whistle which he bought specifically to play on the track She Moved Through The Fair.
Over the years Tom has played a variety of concertinas for different purposes and in different line-ups, too numerous to mention but including a duo with fiddle ace Chuck Fleming.
Tom is a highly regarded musician on the Scottish folk scene where he is a leading exponent of the concertina. He has taught the instrument to various musicians and has been invited to festivals to do workshops on the concertina.