Seth Bye
Seth Bye is a violinist, composer and educator based in Birmingham, UK. He has performed in venues from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cecil Sharpe House and at festivals including Greenman, Kendal Calling and Shambala. Seth has had airplay on TV and radio stations including BBC Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset, Radio Lyon 1, and Sheffield Live TV. He currently studies music technology at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Seth performs in a wide variety of genres, although specialises in folk and traditional music styles. Much of Seth's previous performing career was spent as one half of the versatile, multi-instrumental folk duo, The Unsung Roots. He has also worked with artists such as Germa Adan, The Bonfire Radicals and Isembard's Wheel.

Seth now focuses on his innovative folk-fusion quartet Gathering Tides, featuring Sam Baldwin (electric guitar), Dan Cippico (bass), Alex Henshaw (cajon) and Seth on vocals, fiddle and acccordion, . He also performs with The Destroyers and Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble. When he is not on stage, Seth works as a freelance educator, aiming to inspire the next generation of young musicians. He teaches violin, creative music making, music technology, and leads workshops across the UK.


Gathering Tides have a completely fresh approach to traditional and contemporary music from around the world. Weaving together folk, jazz, rock and more, this young and innovative band transcend genre labels.

Their unique lineup of fiddle, electric guitar, bass and cajon means they slip effortlessly from heavy riffs to fiery fiddle tunes, or from smooth improvisation to klezmer.

"A 15-piece outfit of exceptional technical quality which plays a rich blend of Balkan folk music, jazz, Celtic and other influences."
~ Birmingham Post

""And so, out of the inane cavalcade of Balkan Gypsy sound-alikes comes a blow-your-mind original... Minimum pretence and maximum style: Out Of Babel is a sophisticated tour de force.""
~ Songlines

Long before the current trend of big folk band line-ups and crazy folk fusions this 60 piece band were drawing on influences of folk, funk, classical, ska, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and everything in between.

Not only is the live performance of this 50 piece band second to none, you will most likely see the stars of tomorrow, many leading artists on the folk scene having been students of Joe's.

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26/04/19Saltcreek Country w/ Marisa D'AmatoBarratt'sNorthampton
27/04/19Saltcreek Country w/ Marisa D'AmatoSt Anne's Parish CentreBirmingham
03/05/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleThe Royal Birmingham ConservatoireBirmingham
04/05/19Saltcreek Country w/ John RaffertySt Anne's Parish CentreBirmingham
06/05/19Gathering TidesBroadlands Country ShowHampshire
09/05/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleLichfield CathedralLichfield
18/05/19The DestroyersSpiegeltentNottingham
23/05/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleFoxlowe Arts CentreLeek
26/05/19The DestroyersMellofestWorcestershire
27/05/19Gathering TidesHow The Light Gets In FestivalWales
30/05/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleAlexander's LiveChester
31/05/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleForest Arts CentreHampshire
01/06/19The DestroyersBalter FestivalChepstow
03/06/19Gathering TidesThe FlowerpotDerby
06/06/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleAshcroft Arts CentreFareham
07/06/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleHuntingdon HallWorcester
08/06/19Gathering TidesThe Prince AlbertStroud
09/06/19Gathering TidesPowerfolk FestivalBirmingham
14/06/19Gathering TidesPebbles TavernWatchet
15/06/19Gathering TidesSouth Petherton FestivalSomerset
28/06/19Gathering TidesThimblemill LibraryBirmingham
26/07/19Gathering TidesWarwick Folk FestivalWarwick
28/07/19The DestroyersWOMAD FestivalWiltshire
09/08Gathering TidesBoomtown FairHampshire
16/08/19The DestroyersJust So FestivalCheshire
26/08/19Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk EnsembleTowersy FestivalOxfordshire
07/09/19Saltcreek Country w/ John RaffertySt Anne's Parish CentreBirmingham
28/09/19The DestroyersThe West End CentreAldershot
Teaching, Facilitating & Workshop Leading

Seth has six years' experience teaching children and adults of all ages and ability. He teaches privately, in schools and leads workshops. Seth offers one-to-one tuition on violin, accordion, bass, composition and music production. He currently works as a facilitator for SoundLab-Cov, In Harmony Telford and Coventry Music Service.

Seth leads workshops at festivals and in schools across the UK. These range from composition classes to teaching advanced folk performance techniques and orchestral workshops. Previously, Seth has delivered workshops at venues including the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Cecil Sharpe House, Gate to Southwell Festival and Telford Big Top.

Seth also works alongside children with learning difficulties, leading performances and ceilidh dances in SEN schools. Due to Seth's diverse teaching experience he is able to adapt his practice to suit pupils of any age and ability.

For more information and rates please get in touch.