Tom Patterson

Course: Folk Singing

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tom spent most of his working life in Birmingham, teaching in secondary schools and managing adult education programmes.

Inspired by the traditional and contemporary songs popular in the sixties and seventies, he loves singing and has been actively involved in folk music for nearly fifty years. During this time, he has participated in numerous folk sessions, organised events, been a resident singer and appeared as a guest artist at folk clubs and festivals across the country.

Tom plays the guitar and also writes his own songs in the traditional folk style, many of which focus on people, places and events linked to the north east of England. During his time in adult education, Tom taught courses in folk guitar for beginners and he has also delivered a songwriting workshop for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.