Tom Fairbairn

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I was born and brought up in Manchester, but currently spend much of my time gigging across the south of England. My life as a musician began aged three when I started playing the violin - I've been involved in music ever since, and it has been my full time profession since leaving education. I am honoured to work with Gambian master percussionist Musa Mboob on a variety of projects. I work extensively with Luton based guitarist Brian Heywood, with our ceilidh band MoonDance and other projects. Recently I have started playing live with The James Asher Group featuring carnatic singer Mahesh Vinayakram and flute virtuoso Navin Chandar. Over the last few of years I have also recorded and played live with: Boka Halat, Kandid, David Goo, enQ, Whapweasel, The Friday Lineup, Robb Johnson and The Bluetongue Bush Band - as well as many others. As a choral singer, I recorded and broadcast with the choirs of Manchester Cathedral and St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle - and with the Rodolphus Choir. I also work as a live audio engineer, mixing all types of music - but specialising in 'folk/world'. For composition, editing and mixing I use a ProTools rig. I have performed in: India, Australia, Malta, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland and Ireland.

Tom Fairbairn


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