Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent at the RUH


Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent at the RUH

Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent at the RUH

Friday 17th August 2018


Royal United Hospital
Combe Park


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.

Art at the Heart of the RUH

This concert is provided in association with Art at the Heart of the RUH.

Art at the Heart supports the RUH Bath with an award winning art and design programme that stimulates healing and well-being and creates an uplifting environment for patients, visitors and staff. They reach on average 200,000 people per year through exhibitions, workshops, performances and design.

Each day during Bath Folk Festival one of our acts will perform a short public concert in the hospital before touring some of the wards to bring folk music to patients and staff.