DESCRIBED as a 'world class act', Northwich Folk Club will be graced with a Geordie genius this Friday.

The Harlequin Theate-based club will welcome Tom McConville to the town on October 14.

Tom was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road with clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities. This is where he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music.

Tom’s musical journey started in the North East folk clubs in the early 70s. Newcastle’s thriving Irish scene provided the opportunity, with his first band, to support Sean McGuire, John Doonan, The Fureys, Boys of the Lough and even a lock-in with The Dubliners.

Tom still credits the legendary Sean McGuire, the fiddle genius from Belfast, for teaching him his bowing techniques.

Every new venture brought great success and immense respect from his peers and public alike.

Throughout his many collaborations he has continued his solo show at venues large and small.

“A sandpaper-dry wit, eye-watering skill on the fiddle, great vocals... you just can't help feeling that a performance by Tom is like visiting an old friend” is how one folk club organiser describes him.

Renowned for his musical accompaniments, Tom has played on hundreds of albums, the list includes: Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor and Lindisfarne.

Pete Thompson, from the club, said: "Whilst he has shared stages throughout the world with Stephan Grappelli, Sean McGuire, Mark O'Connor, Paul Brady and The Chieftains, Tom has never forgotten his roots and is as happy in the intimate atmosphere of a small folk club as he is at the largest festivals.

"Tom McConville is a world class act."

Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start and the host for the evening is Iain Bowley.

Tickets, priced at £10 or £8 for members, are available in advance from DAN, Northwich Art Shop, 111 Witton Street or on the door on the night.

Under 21s are half price.

Ticket inquiries to Brenda Yates on 01565 733197.