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John Tams (born 16th February, 1949) is an award-winning English actor, singer, songwriter and musician. His contributions to English folk music are legendary.

John Tams was a member of Derbyshire folk group Muckram Wakes in the 1970s, then worked with Ashley Hutchings as singer and melodeon-player on albums including ‘Son of Morris On’, and as a member of The Albion Band. Splitting with Hutchings in the 1980s he formed Home Service. Now a solo performer - fronting a folk-rock band, or in a duo with Barry Coope.

John has released three solo albums to date, ‘Unity’ (2001), ‘Home’ (2002) and ‘The Reckoning’ (2005); all of which have met with well-deserved critical acclaim. At the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, John won Album of the Year for ‘The Reckoning’, Best Traditional Track (for ‘Bitter Withy’) and Singer of the Year. John is the only artist to have won the Album of the Year award twice, the first time was with his first solo album ‘Unity’ in 2001.

John Tams may be best known to the general public through having played one of the supporting roles in the ITV drama series Sharpe as one of the “Chosen Men”: Rifleman and former poacher Daniel Hagman, a whimsical, sober, steady hand in the 95th Rifles; always ready with a deadly eye behind a Baker rifle, a folk remedy for an ailment, or a song for a weary heart. In 1996, Tams collaborated with fellow British folk musician Kate Rusby (and others) on a companion CD to the television series titled Over the Hills & Far Away: The Music of Sharpe.


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  • grendelis

    Home Service were excellent at CFF 2011... and Cropredy apparently too :)

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • polychromator

    The only music I ever cry at - simply beautiful.

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • reagan0

    Really like his voice, especially a cappella.

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • hiho59

    top man matt...........i raise my glass to you ,green with envy...........LOL.....

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Sum0

    John Tams sat at my table at Cambridge 2006 and ate a cheese roll. Beat that.

    29 Oct 2006 Reply

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