Taffy Thomas has been a part of the folk scene for over 50 years. Notably, he has dreamed up and directed two companies, Magic Lantern and The Fabulous Salami Brothers. His work at Festivals and in Education have led to him receiving an MBE and the EFDSS gold badge. He introduced traditional storytelling to the Whitby programme, something he continues to foster with his nightly popular Taffy’s Tunes & Tales sessions. Through these and other performances at Whitby he continues to inspire a new generation of folk interested in ‘preserving the past, revealing the present and creating the future through story and song’ as Taffy says.