Tamsin is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and film-maker based in Bristol, UK. With roots in the folk music of the British Isles, her interests and playing styles extend to European and Middle Eastern musics as well as experimental and ambient sounds. Her "beautiful, filmic compositions for accordion, harp, whistle and voice" (The Guardian) are rooted in tradition, whilst pushing boundaries and exploring minimalist, neo-classical, sound art and other non-traditional formats.
Her debut solo album ‘FREY’, which features the playing of Sid Goldsmith and Rowan Rheingans, was released to critical acclaim on Penny Fiddle Records in June 2022. In this work Tamsin explores themes of limbo, pain, healing and acceptance, reflecting on the microcosm of her personal experience of chronic illness alongside wider themes of societal disconnection and environmental grief.
"One of the most accomplished debut albums we've heard in a long time... the influence of tradition pulses through every track" - Tradfolk
In writing, recording and touring FREY, Tamsin was supported by Sound and Music's flagship artist development programme 'New Voices 2020', PRS Foundation's Women Make Music funding, and a bursary from the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust.
Tamsin is a co-founder of the festival favourite Mediterranean fusion project Solana ("Dazzling musicianship" - Songlines), who have released several albums and toured extensively throughout Europe. She also performs with European folk quintet Hedera, as well as in various traditional folk and ceilidh ensembles.
This winter, in residency at Cecil Sharp House and supported by both EFDSS and Help Musicians, Tamsin will be developing and recording a body of work with acclaimed Egyptian composer and oud-player Tarek Elazhary.
Tamsin is a self-shooting creative director and works with moving image under the moniker Solanum Films. Her long-form directorial debut [FROM THE COOP] is a hybrid music documentary, depicting life in lockdown through the eyes of her musical household.
Tamsin also takes photos, makes art, grows vegetables and teaches, specialising in flute, accordion and music theory.
"There is a rich thread of collaboration throughout [Tamsin's work], one which both celebrates and highlights the coming together of cultures and music... The results are always refreshingly inventive and exciting" - Folk Radio UK
"Tamsin's accordion recreates the thrill of the casbah whilst [her] flute and whistle take us on spellbinding, almost mystical, journeys which soar with unexpected twists and turns" - Outline Magazine
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