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Last updated 16th November 2014

There are two significant updates for you - firstly I've formed a band with singer Madelaine Cave and guitarist/singer Graham Whyte, who along with singer Jane Fairnie make up Tomfoolery. We sing a range of songs mostly written by myself and Bob Shields, although we have also been know to sing a couple of more traditional songs which Madelaine covers beautifully.
Tomfoolery is launching its first CD on December 6th at Tyninghame Village Hall, East Lothian, supported by Karen Dietz and Richard Klein. Tickets are £10 and available from our website www.tomfoolerymusic.com or at the door.


My other significant news is that Bob Shields and I have entered the realm of radio presenters! We now have a weekly show on Radio Saltire www.radiosaltire.org on Tuesday evenings from 21.00 - 23.00. The show is called "My Little Radio Show" and is essentially a celebration of singer/songwriters, both famous and not so famous, who we enjoy listening to and who have influenced our own songwriting. We hope in the future to have guests appearing on the show to showcase their songs and discuss their songwriting influences.


Reviews:


“Tom Fairnie is Scotland's best kept songwriting secret”

 

Edinburgh Evening News



"Fairnie writes excellent material and performs it with the energy and passion of a seasoned player."

 

Martin Lennon - Edinburgh Evening News



“Tom Fairnie Country and Folk In a word: Atmospheric 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”

 

Greg Harper - Rawrip



“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. John Davy FSR http://flyinshoes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tom-fairnie-banishment-as-eden-lay-in-darkness”

 

 

Past events

2014


 I ran a songwriting workshop at Loanhead Music Festival and then hotfooted it down to the
Archerfield Americana Night on 14th June in Archerfield Walled Garden near Dirleton East Lothian

We had our annual series of Foakies concerts at St Cecilia's Hall, 1st -5th August as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival


We've been practising hard with Madelaine Cave and Graham Whyte who, along with Jane and myself, have formed a new band, which we call Tomfoolery. We completed  a small tour of Germany and the Netherlands in October and it looks as though we'll return to wonderful Wolpinghausen on 17th October 2015. I did my very best to have another album ready for Germany and thanks to a few late night recording sessions we managed to produce a CD to take with us. As well as Wolpinghausen we played gigs in Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Eindhoven. 

I also played various gigs throughout the year including

The Scottish Bird Fair at Hopetoun House
10 Red
An impromptu session in The Gin Mill in Indianola, Mississippi
Moniaive Folk Festival
Foakies
Musselburgh Hotpot


2013 

This was an incredibly busy year on the music front. Highlights to date include a very special House Concert in Tuningen, Germany, playing Athelstaneford (birthplace of the Saltire) on St Andrew's night, and playing live on Lionheart Radio on Fiona Elcoat's fabulous Big Boots and Celtic Roots show.

For the 2012 Festival Fringe I joined fellow Foakies organisers Mark Barnett and Simon Kempston for a 5 night run of the highly successful Scottish Songwriters in the Round.

My previous Edinburgh Festival Fringe gig in 2011 at The Acoustic Music Centre in St Bride's was a big success. I really enjoyed the show and I think the songs went over well.

I've been a guest on Leith fm twice recently; once to promote the show at St Bride's and also on Laura Kerr's Light and Dark Show where I read some poetry. I was also a guest and played a couple of songs live on Celtic Music Radio and had a song played by Jackie Storrar on her wonderful country music show on CMR Nashville, which is Europe's number one country music radio station. Jackie is a great singer songwriter and I've really enjoyed listening to her music and her shows. You should all tune in on Saturday mornings. Just Google CMR Nashville.

I appeared on The Maid of the Loch, which is moored at Balloch Pier, as part of Folk on the Boat, which was an event organised by Celtic Music Radio. It was a great line-up and I'm proud to have been a part of it. Check out the Celtic Music Radio website and, in particular, my favourite CD Ciaran Dorris who is a great singer songwriter and a lovely guy.

July's Foakies was absolutely one of the best ever. Kathy Stewart and The Fequent Flyers provided a wonderful show. I love Kathy's songs and she is a great performer who engages with the audience better than anyone I know. We also had two great poets in Jo MacFarlane and Rachel McCluskey who both did tremendous sets. Bruce Hogg also played two superb instrumental pieces that demonstated his technical ability as well as the way he can create a mood and convey an emotion. I realise that I'm sounding effusive but the atmosphere that was generated by the performers and the audience that night was just magical. I won't ever forget that evening.


When I was listening to the masters of Banishment and As Eden Lay In Darkness reminded me of how much time and effort it has taken to get to this point. It's amazing how many decisions have finally developed into finished productions. I could go on endlessly about songwriting, recording and mixing but what it all comes down to is something of a mantra for me, "emotion in, emotion out". If I had reached the end of all of this process and lost the original emotion that inspired the songs then I think I would have felt that it had failed but I honestly think it's still there although, of course, it isn't for me to judge. It's ironic that what I think is the most essential ingredient in the whole thing depends on every other listener.

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  • Thomas W.Mountain

    Thomas W.Mountain Constantinopolis

    I shall have listened to this song by you are saying now.Really I think a classical good song although I may not understand music so It is a likely song. Sincerely,succeeds...
    I shall have listened to this song by you are saying now.Really I think a classical good song although I may not
    understand music so It is a likely song.
    Sincerely,succeeds...
  • Ulrich

    Ulrich Bad Nenndorf

    Hi Tom, thanks for this wonderful evening at Kleine Freiheit in Wölpinghausen. Banishment and Eden are now at the top of my playlist. Hope you will come back next year! Ulrich
    Hi Tom,
    thanks for this wonderful evening at Kleine Freiheit in Wölpinghausen. Banishment and Eden are now at the top of my playlist. Hope you will come back next year!
    Ulrich
  • Carsten

    Carsten Empede, Northern Germany

    Hi Tom, thanks again for your splendid gig at Kleine Freieit yesterday evening alongside the Busker. It was great. We enjoyed Banishement in the CarAudio on our way home and will give a listen to Eden tonight while sitting in front of the stove. Truly fine pieces of Music. Thanks. Carsten and Claudia
    Hi Tom,
    thanks again for your splendid gig at Kleine Freieit yesterday evening alongside the Busker. It was great. We enjoyed Banishement in the CarAudio on our way home and will give a listen to Eden tonight while sitting in front of the stove. Truly fine pieces of Music. Thanks.
    Carsten and Claudia
  • Stewart T

    Stewart T Hamilton

    Tom - ignore the email - I see the date/venue for the Festival 2013 gig. Hopefully see you there and I'll buy you a beer!
    Tom - ignore the email - I see the date/venue for the Festival 2013 gig. Hopefully see you there and I'll buy you a beer!
  • Jerry Brennan

    Jerry Brennan Berlin/Detroit

    Hi, Tom, We've been listening to the albums and love 'em. Everyone should buy a copy for themselves and another couple for friends and family. Jerry
    Hi, Tom, We've been listening to the albums and love 'em. Everyone should buy a copy for themselves and another couple for friends and family. Jerry
  • evelynne ralph-larner

    evelynne ralph-larner london

    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x
    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x
  • evelynne ralph-larner

    evelynne ralph-larner london

    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x
    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x
  • Marjolein koolhaas

    Marjolein koolhaas The Netherlands

    Hi Tom I love the calmth in your songs and your voice is just brilliant! (what did it sound like yesterday evening?) You've got a new fan here in Holland! :) Marjolein
    Hi Tom
    I love the calmth in your songs and your voice is just brilliant! (what did it sound like yesterday evening?) You've got a new fan here in Holland! smile
    Marjolein
  • Linda Harnett

    Linda Harnett Cumbernauld.

    Hi Tom, Just wanted to let you know that I have had a 'Fairnie' day today....played both your 'Banishment' and 'As Eden Lay in Darkness' continuously...The more I listen the more I hear. I may never tire of this! (and that is saying something) Oh Happy Day! Linda.x :)
    Hi Tom,
    Just wanted to let you know that I have had a 'Fairnie' day today....played both your 'Banishment' and 'As Eden Lay in Darkness' continuously...The more I listen the more I hear. I may never tire of this! (and that is saying something)
    Oh Happy Day!

    Linda.x smile

  • Linda Harnett

    Linda Harnett Cumbernauld

    Hi Tom, I called by, stayed a while, listened to the music, read your poetry, (which was impressive) and loved my time spent here! I feel suitably calmed and peaceful after an arduous week... and will visit often... Brilliant site...See you both soon....Love & Light :)
    Hi Tom,
    I called by, stayed a while, listened to the music, read your poetry, (which was impressive) and loved my time spent here! I feel suitably calmed and peaceful after an arduous week... and will visit often... Brilliant site...See you both soon....Love & Light smile

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