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Pauline Cato & Tom McConville
Superb Music & Song from the North East's finest

Pauline Cato & Tom McConville are one of the most popular and successful acoustic duos around. Since their debut together at the Shetland Festival in 1995, they have toured extensively throughout the U.K., Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and New Zealand. The fiddle and pipes blend effortlessly together to produce a unique and full sound. Pauline and Tom specialise in both dynamic unison playing and beautifully arranged harmonies.
Their albums, By Land And Sea and The Surprise were both released to great critical acclaim and were chosen as The Daily Telegraph's Folk Album Of The Year in 1996 and 1999 respectively.

Whether playing at arts centres, village halls, folk festivals or at classical and chamber music events, Pauline and Tom delight audiences wherever they go. Their performances have been described as "absolutely magnificent...stunning", "astounding and innovative". Pauline Cato is a highly respected Northumbrian Piper. Her style is traditional, but she is also well known for expanding the repertoire of the pipes and is often in demand for new projects. Most recently this has included the premier performance of A Northumbrian Symphony by Robert Sherlaw-Johnson and the soundtrack to the TV series Badger. A qualified teacher, her virtuoso playing is not only exciting and accurate, but also extremely musical. She has recently completed an AHRB Research Fellowship at the University of Sheffield.

Tom McConville is one of the leading fiddle players in the British Isles. He is a brilliant musician with a unique style and beautiful tone. He is always in demand for his sensitive contributions to other musicians' recordings. Tom is also a wonderful singer; his interpretation of both traditional and contemporary song is greatly admired by other singers throughout the world. As well as running fiddle workshops, Tom is a teacher of the Alexander Technique and is a member of the recognised society of practitioners (S.T.A.T.).

 ' energy, wit and conviction' - The Living Tradition
' leading contemporary virtuosi' - The Bagpipe Society
'a magical sound.....totally captivating' - Folkwrite
'exemplary.......exquisite......endorsed' - Fyfe On Folk

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