Tom Travis and the Bluegrass Incident
Tom Travis is a UK bluegrass music pioneer. During his forty-years-plus in the music, Tom has been involved in all its aspects including success in the Tom & Smiley duo throughout the 1960's, with large international album sales; regular radio and TV appearances; extensive touring and a long period in charge of the Edale Bluegrass Festival, the largest of its type outside America. In addition to the popular BBC Radio 2 series Bluegrass Ramble, Tom has also written and presented other features on bluegrass music for that same station.
Tom is a founder member of the British Bluegrass Music Association and served as its Chairman for six years. He has performed on stage with many top American bluegrass stars, is a songwriter and currently performs and records with his band "The Bluegrass Incident". A track from their latest Album A Small Patch of Blue, on the Proper Label, has recently made No1 in two European Radio Top 40 Charts.
The musicians in Toms band are acknowledged as some of the best in bluegrass, so anyone into virtuoso banjo, fiddle and mandolin, with high lonesome singing is in for a treat. Americas Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine said of Toms new album, A Small Patch of Blue, the instrumental work is flawless; its truly original and a goldmine of entertainment.
Tom Travis has been a bluegrass band leader since 1981, in fact the first band he played in as a member was The Double 'T' Ramblers in 1962. between 1964 and 1971 Tom was a partner in the successful bluegrass duo Tom & Smiley. Over the period, since forming his own band, many very talented musicians have passed through it as members. Up until 1995, his band was called 'The Tom Travis Bluegrass Band'. In that year, Tom took a break from performing to concentrate on his bluegrass promotional work with the British Bluegrass Music Association. On stepping down from its chairmanship in 2003, he returned to writing, performing and recording with a brand new band, 'The Bluegrass Incident'. Current members beside guitarist/singer Tom are: Bill Forster - 5-String Banjo; Bob Winquist - Fiddle; Dave Howard - Mandolin and Hugh Bradley - Double Bass.
Tom maintains that the present line-up is the best he has ever had.
Yes, mostly throughout the UK, in clubs, theatres and at festivals
The Father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, The Johnson Mountain Boys, to name but afew.