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About Me

Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Tom Krumm was raised in a musical household where music was developed into a second language. Tom began learning violin at the age of 10 through the Suzuki method, but soon began to take up Irish fiddling. His fascination with traditional music started through his father’s deep involvement in traditional music and his attendance at the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps every year since his birth. Soon after he started playing violin, Tom began to explore every style of traditional music he could find, ranging from Quebecois to Appalachian Old Time music. By the time he was 13, Tom had started playing for contra dances around the Philadelphia area and has never stopped. As a teenager, Tom frequently played violin and mandolin with the Philadelphia-based contra dance band Pieces of Eight, where he further honed his skills in traditional music. During this time, he formed a Gypsy Jazz duo with his best friend Matt Madden and discovered his voice in improvisation. His explorations into improvisation found their way into his contra dance playing, creating a unique sound with an infectious rhythm and drive. When Tom was in his last year of high school, he was hired to teach and play at the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps and has since been on staff for every weeklong music event held there. Tom is currently studying Professional Music with concentrations in Performance, Music Business, and American Roots, with a minor in American Roots. He is continuing to establish himself as a unique and highly skilled musician in the world of traditional music.