Kevin Lees grew up on the vibrant Newcastle folk scene having learnt classical violin since he was seven years old. With a strong love for folk music, guidance from local musicians Kathryn Tickell and Stewart Hardy inspired Kevin to join youth talent band Folkestra, which led to BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winning act Last Orders. During a successful 5 years touring the major UK folk scene, Kevin completed a bachelor in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University, whilst also establishing himself as a prominent session musician in the North East playing with bands such as Katie Doherty Trio and Monster Ceilidh Band.

Kevin has been teaching music to all ages and abilities since his late teens, especially after graduating from Syddansk Musikkonservatorium with a Master in Folk Music specialising in performance and teaching, with highlights including Folkworks Summer Schools, youth Folkcamp in Denmark, and Folkestra. Currently he is focusing on teaching the violin to all abilities, including absolute beginner, intermediate and advanced players looking to go in to a professional career in music. As well as this Kevin also teaches numerous multi instrumental folk bands, from beginner to advanced, including working with bands to help them improve their overall performance.

As well as Violin, Kevin plays Viola, Piano, Bouzouki and Melodeon regularly in various projects including studio work, composition and live performance. He often works in his home studio, recording various music for both his own and other people’s projects, including music for TV, film and radio, and has his own active youtube channel ‘the good tune’ which focuses on releasing live folk music videos.

Photos by Ard Jongsma - Still Words Photography