John Tams’ work has spanned four decades in every performance medium. He is a recognised authority on vernacular music – a seven times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Theatre includes work at the Old Vic, the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Joint Stock, Chichester Festival Theatre and 7:84. At the National Theatre, he has worked as actor and musical director/composer on over 30 productions including, The Mysteries, Larkrise to Candleford, Glengarry Glen Ross, many of which transferred to the West End or toured. Television, film and radio work includes the part of Rifleman Daniel Hagman in the TV series Sharpe, for which he was script associate, co-writing the score. He was executive music director of the Radio Ballads winning Gold at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. He was invited to work with Steven Spielberg on the movie of War Horse. His and wife Sally’s adaptation of the book tours regularly as a ‘concert’ reading with author Michael Morpurgo, inspired by a BBC Radio 2 version of War Horse which he directed featuring Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins. He has made over 80 albums as singer, writer, musician or producer and continues to tour festivals and concert stages throughout the UK and Europe. He holds a Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University and Doctor of Letters at the University of Derby.