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Last updated 11th June 2014
We've had some fantastic gigs over the past few months including:
Hopetoun House, Scottish Bird Fair
Moniaive Folk Festival
and now we look forward to the following
Loanhead Music Festival on 14th June where I'm running a songwriting workshop
Archerfield Americana Night on 14th June in Archerfield Walled Garden near Dirleton East Lothian
St Cecilia's Hall, 1st -5th August as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
We're also planning a small tour of Germany and the Netherlands in October and it looks as though we'll return to wonderful Woelpinghausen on 17th October. I'm going to do my very best to have another album ready for Germany. We've been practising hard with Madelaine Cave and Graham Whyte who. along with Jane and myself, form a new band which we call Tomfoolery.
We enjoyed a very successful 5 night run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with good crowds and some stunning performers as we celebrated 10 years of Foakies.
We also completed another successful mini-tour in the Netherlands and Germany including gigs in Amsterdam and Woelpinghausen, and earlier in Tuningen.
I've been busy writing some new songs, mostly with my good friend and poet Bob Shields, and we nearly have enough material for another album so watch out!
John Davy of Flying Shoes Review has reviewed my last albums:
"Tom Fairnie: Banishment/As Eden Lay In Darkness
Posted by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on April 1, 2012 at 12:30
Tom Fairnie is an Edinburgh-based poet/singer/songwriter with a rich background of performance and recorded collaborations with other poets and musicians. There are a couple of previous “solo” recordings but these two new discs demonstrate that the man is an inate collaborator – there must be about thirty other musicians and singers credited with an appearance at some point in the proceedings, though the core sound throughout remains Tom himself and his acoustic guitar. He says that he aims for uncluttered arrangements and that is indeed the case – in fact his music is at its most effective when his bruised, Scots Kenny Rogers voice is set against his own beautifully elegant folk guitar style.
The songs collected on these two discs go back over the last ten years or so and combine several strands of his work. First and foremost, he’s a poet, in love with words and imagery. He’s a romantic at root and his style seems to reach back to the great nineteenth century poets and to Burns, combining the pithiness of the latter with the yearning romanticism of the former though all the while his eye is on the world around him in the here and now. Secondly, he’s in love with country music and with American self-mythology. Songs about Hank Williams and Bonnie and Clyde are not the only occasions when his imagination drifts across the Atlantic to put himself in a desert landscape or in a border bar, drowning his romantic sorrows in tequila. Thirdly, he enjoys wandering (at least in his imagination) around European scenes of culture and sophistication and, fourthly, he enjoys referencing the music and the writers that have informed his life in performance, from traditional British folk song to You Are My Sunshine. In other words, there is a richness of material here that makes for some enjoyable listening as you let your imagination follow the paths he leads you down.
The beautifully produced covers for these discs incorporate booklets that feature poems from Tom’s good friend and colleague, Bob Shields – poems that sit as companion pieces alongside the lyrics to each song. It’s a clear indication of where the heart of this work lies."
One of Scotland's finest radio stations, CELTIC MUSIC RADIO, had my 2 new albums, As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment as their combined Album of the Week back in January and I can't thank them enough.
The tracks are getting more airplay, with Shoeshine Boy and The Last Sailor Man being played on The Iain Anderson Show on Radio Scotland, one of the most highly respected programmes around. It doesn't get much better.
The two new CDs As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment are now available and can be ordered as proper CDs or as downloads. I am promoting them as much as possible and the response has been way beyond my highest expectations.
These two CDs have been almost four years in the making and there are lots of people to whom I owe a big debt of thanks for having helped, encouraged or inspired their creation and a significant amount of people participated in their production as well. I really am very proud of them and I would hope that you would all enjoy listening to them.
I have priced them at £10 per CD but, as they are related in theme and because there are some consistent features across both CDs, I have also decided to sell them at £15 for the pair. I think it makes sense to consider them as two related CDs rather than either a double CD or as two single CDs because of the connections between them. I normlly describe them as being a bit like non-identical twins. There will be p&p on top of that but I honestly believe they're worth it. Please just visit the Music page on this website or email me if you want to order some copies.
I should mention that there is still a plan to have an official launch but I haven’t fixed that up yet. I think my plan would be to have at least a couple of launches with one in Edinburgh and the other in Glasgow.
"This Scottish songwriter has a sound so heroic and wide ranging it’s a wonder how his stunning and far reaching yet subtle country sound isn’t flowing from the fingertips of an American songsmith with an endless Nebraskan landscape for influence. A slight Celtic whip and massive understanding for atmosphere gives Tom Fairnie an outstanding position from which to make music; some of his songs falling to within half a beat of Deacon Blue....with a refreshingly modern tackling of a very traditional sound....a cinematic and beautiful sound." Taken from a review on Rawrip by Greg Harper
For information; here’s the track lists…
As Eden Lay In Darkness Tom Fairnie
01. Shoeshine Boy
02. Falling Down
03. Don’t Wish Your Dreams Away
04. Sonoma & Sistine
05. Will You Fly Away?
06. I Ain’t Goin’ Dancin’ No More
07. Welcome The Morn
08. Everybody Lies
09. Prada Heels
10. The Blue Part Of My Heart
Banishment Tom Fairnie
01. The Last Sailor Man
02. Approaching Horizontal
03. Without Tears
04. Runaway Blues
06. The Rose Of Morelos
07. Little Lucifer
08. If I Could Hold Her In My Arms
09. The Love Of Columbine
10. The Woman
11. I Want To Be Kissed
12. The Bells Of San Giulio
13. The Glen Of Amelanchier
14. We All Want To Go Home Now
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I would describe myself as a contemporary singer songwriter and poet from Edinburgh. I’ve been writing songs for longer than I care to remember although I’ve only really been performing for about the last ten years. I originally decided to record my first CD, birthmarked, as a way of documenting my songs and I have since released three solo CDs, The Journeyman, As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment. My music also features on three collaborative works; Companions, War On War and The Harbour At Symi and my songs have featured as co-writes on CDs by Bernard Brogue, Martin Boland and Lords Of The Bothy. I also recorded an album called Speaking In Tongues with The Travelling Waverlies, a group of singer-songwriters and poets.
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