Tom McConville and Michael Biggins – BBC Musicians of the year

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    09 Dec

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    Copper Auditorium

    Square Chapel
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Award-winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his hometown of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influences. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style. Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby count him as a huge influence. Indeed, it was Seth who presented Tom with his Musician of the Year award.

Michael is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne but now residing in Glasgow. He currently plays and tours with TRIP, The Canny Band, Tom McConville, Northern Company and Irish Celtic – Spirit of Ireland Dance Show. In January, Michael became BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year for 2021.

Together on Fiddle, Piano and vocals, they are very special indeed. Audiences are treated to a night of virtuosic playing and singing combined with Tom’s well-known humour and sense of fun. A marvellous evening of music and entertainment. Top Class!

“One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music. A true Master.”
Seth Lakeman

Doors – 19:30
Start – 20:00
Interval – 20:45 (20 minutes)
Finish – 21:50


  • You can access this space from our main entrance at the front of the building, the doors to this space are on the same level.
  • The space is usually used as our cinema and studio theatre performances.
  • This is a seated and standing space, depending on the performance.
  • There are two access seats in our Copper space.
  • To access the toilets you need to use the lift from the foyer to the ground floor where you will find our access toilet, baby changing facility and a Changing Places facility. There is also a private lift towards the back of the space where a member of staff would need to accompany you.
  • We have two parking spaces at the front of our building (just outside the Southgate entrance of The Piece Hall) and two spaces down the side of our building just off Square Road. These spaces are available for Square Chapel customers and you must book spaces in advance of your visit, and display a blue badge.
  • Booking the access parking spaces means you will enter the building from our stage door area and will need to use the lift to take you to the foyer, kitchen, bar and Copper space.
  • Blue badge holders can reserve a parking space by emailing details of the car reg, make, model, colour, name of the owner, and date of time of performance attending. Email
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