Alan Burke | Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent


Alan Burke | Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent

Alan Burke | Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent

Thursday 16th August 2018

Doors: 6:30pm | Start: 7pm

Museum of Bath Architecture
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel
The Paragon
The Vineyards
Tickets will cost £12 on the door



Alan Burke

Alan Burke is widely regarded as one of the finest ballad singers of his generation

Well-known as a member of Rambling Boys of Pleasure, Alan possesses an almost inexhaustible repertoire of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs in both the English and Irish languages. Accompanied by his unique driving guitar style, Alan’s powerful presence and technique have featured on two highly acclaimed solo albums, On The Other Hand (1998) and Tip Of The Tongue (2000) alongside numerous recordings and collaborations with the bands and projects that have formed the core of a great life in music. A commanding stage presence, with a voice that is powerful, sensitive and crystal clear, Alan’s gigs are always truly memorable.

He began his musical career as a drummer, before making his name in traditional music circles in the 1980’s and 90’s as the lead singer, guitarist, and bodhrán player with the tremendous band Afterhours, with whom he made three albums – Afterhours in 1988, Hung Up And Dry in 1990 and Up To Here in 1992 – and toured extensively worldwide. Since then Alan has appeared as a member of bands including At First Light, Airla and Tulsk.

More recently Alan has been heavily involved in collaborative projects, including the Afterhours Bothy Band Tribute, and he was the cornerstone of the four acclaimed annual Irish Sea Sessions concerts and albums produced in Liverpool, Ireland and London that saw him combine with Declan O’Rourke, Damien Dempsey, Pauline Scanlon, Emily Portman and many more, and from which Rambling Boys of Pleasure evolved. Alan has worked extensively both as a record producer and as an actor, including the play This Is What We Sang that won Production of the Year at the First Irish Theatre Festival in New York 2010. He has also presented TV programmes in the Irish language for the BBC and TG4.

Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent

Living in South London and born to an Irish and Trinidadian background, Fiddle player Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and traditional music. Now 21 years old, he has been described as a “fiery virtuoso” and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland.

Matt has taught with virtuoso accordionist, Luke Daniels, for Gael Music. Matt was also part of the “On Drover Tracks” tour with Daniels, Miranda Rutter and Matheu Watson. Matt has developed his own style of playing which has been greatly influenced by his two teachers Brendan Mullcaire and Dermot Crehan, as well as his frequent trips to Glasgow. Matt has won numerous awards, such as the London Fiddle Championship, and in 2013 was invited to play at the event and adjudicate the competition. Matt has also won numerous All Britain Championships, been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and been a nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Matt studied music at the Brit Schoolin London and continues his studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under John Crawford.

Joining Matt is Tad Sargent. Tad is something of a legend on the London trad circuit, running numerous sessions across the city and performing all over the world. Tad has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Barrule, Tony Christie, Luke Daniels, Sylvain Barou, Cara Dillon, Kristina Train, Celtic Crossroads, Joby Talbot, Ranagri, Bible Code Sundays, and The Long Notes (to name a few). He was a member of Ranagri for five years, who released an album with pop legend Tony Christie (of Amarillo fame) in 2015. Tad is currently working on his project with the amazing Breton Uilleann piper Loïc Bléjean. He is also a main member of CrossHarbour.