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Thom Ashworth

Head Canon



Released: 29th Mar 2019


An acoustic bass guitar may not seem like an obvious choice as an accompaniment instrument, but Thom shows that this distinctive instrumental voice can find a home in folk music, and that 4 strings are enough to delve into the canon of British folk music.

Equal parts interpreter of traditional song and insightful political songwriter, the press has repeatedly compared him to Martin Carthy, Chris Wood, and Billy Bragg. This selection of luminaries doesn’t tell the whole story though - from the sparse lament of The City and The Tower to his muscular arrangement of High Germany, Thom’s inventive musicality and powerful tenor voice shine through.

Head Canon


  1. High Germany (Trad arr. Ashworth)
  2. Pathfinding (Ashworth)
  3. Poverty Knock (Trad arr. Ashworth)
  4. Look To Windward (Ashworth)
  5. Exile ( MacColl)
  6. Ratcliffe Highway (Trad arr. Ashworth)
  7. Derry Gaol (Trad arr. Ashworth)
  8. Crossing The Water (Ashworth)
  9. The Snow It Melts The Soonest (Trad arr. Ashworth)
  10. John Barleycorn (Trad arr. Ashworth)
  11. The City & The Tower (Ashworth)