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Last updated 7th September 2019
The most exciting news on the musical front is that I have an opportunity to record with Grammy award winning producer, Merel Breganti, in Austin, Texas in 2019. I have started crowd-funding in an effort to get there (and back) and the response thus far has been great. It is quite humbling to know that so many people want to support me and my music. If you would like to contribute then please check out my Facebook page and you'll find more details.
There are a number of fundraising concerts coming up in order to try and help raise the money for the recording sessions, the musicians, the production and the engineering, etc and you can find out about them on Facebook as well. It would be great to see you at one or more of them.
Because I need to focus on the Austin project I have decided to stop tomfooling and so Tomfoolery have effectively ceased to be although it is quite likely that it may surface again in various guises over the years. I certainly can't imagine not singing and playing with some of the wonderful people involved. It is really a decision based on practical issues rather than anything else but I feel it is the right thing to do at the moment. Tomfoolery played their last official gig at The Acoustic Centre during this year's Fringe Festival in Edinburgh but our last ever appearance will be on Saturday the 8th of September when we are due to perform a short spot on the Open Stage at The Linlithgow Music Festival.
I hadn't planned on writing more songs as I already have more than enough to meet my recording and performing ambitions but song writing doesn't exactly work like that and I recently wrote another song, with my oft times co-writer, Bob Shields, and I think it is among my best. It is a sog about a man caught in a circle of violence, it's called A Quiet Life. I am optimistic that it might make it's way on to the CD I plan to make in Austin with Merel but, if not, I would attempt to record it myself and release it on-line.
The other really exciting musical development is that Christine Sparks has continued to work on the CD of my songs, which should be completed by the end of the year. Every time I listen to the songs she has already recorded I just think it will be a classic album. Her voice is stunning and the emotion she brings to each and every song is simply inspired. I can't wait for this project to become a reality.
Sonoma & Sistine, a song that I co-wrote with Bob Shields and Mark Barnett and it reached the finals of its category in the UK Country Music Radio Awards last year. It was initially selected as one of about twenty five songs that were voted on by listeners and made it all the way through to the final five that were judged by a panel. I am obviously extremely proud that the song got to this stage and my fingers are crossed that it can go even further. I noted that the names of the finalists were re-tweeted by Bob Harris, the great man himself, and that alone was a thrill.
Bob and I wrote a song recently called The Gowan Robed, which is a song that we wrote in the Scottish folk music tradition. I offered it to the wonderful Pauline Alexander who said that she would be happy to perform it in concert and she has said that she may even record it for her next CD. I am so excited by that possibility. Pauline, along with Sandy Stanage, supported Dougie MacLean at his recent gig in Bathgate and they are really worth catching. Check Pauline and Sandy out on line and you will understand why I am so thrilled.
The success of Sonoma & Sistine came from having distributed promotional copies of the HARD TO FIND EP. I had sent the EP to various broadcasters, programmes, presenters and producers. My co-writing partner, Bob Shields, and I both thought it would be a good idea to focus on the Country / Americana aspect of our song writing in order to get some plays and generate interest. The songs we chose to put on this EP were My Little Radio, Shoeshine Boy, Sonoma & Sistine, Runaway Blues and Wild Geese. We also decided to put it out under both our names in order to reflect how important we consider the song writing to be.
All of the songs on the EP are available on this website for download, as are the original CDs on which the songs were featured. I have also compiled a full country / Americana CD under the same name and made that available for download on this website.
In the meantime I will to continue with My Little Radio Show on Radio Saltire (every Tuesday evening from 9pm until 11pm) www.radiosaltire.com and staying up into the wee hours compiling playlists. I am going to endeavour to have more guests on the show and on occasion, I still like to co-present the show with Bob or with the writer and poet, Kevin Cadwallender.
I have also been busy revising my songbook; changing lyrics here and there...hopefully improving them and reviving songs that don't feature in my own performances or in the Tomfoolery set, songs that haven't been recorded and some that will be lost unless I can focus on making them the best they can be.
I'm also revisiting my first and second CDs birthmarked and The Journeyman. Ideally, I would like to reduce the number of tracks on both CDs and include some re-mixes or different versions of the songs. Easier said than done and very time consuming but I would like to have some copies of these CDs to sell at concerts as both of these were sold out years ago. It is a bit of a labour of love but I like to think it will be worth it.
Tomfoolery got one of the best reviews of my career when we did an opening spot at Leith Folk Club earlier this year. I have included it below.
I hope everything in your world is excellent and that you are enjoying life, music, friends and all good things.
"In a parallel universe Tom Fairnie is a superstar of Scottish and Country music. It's not just fair that it hasn't happened in this universe because he writes tremendous songs and, together with the rest of Tomfoolery; Madelaine Cave, Graham Whyte and Jane Fairnie, plays and sings them with elegance, style and great beauty. Their harmonies alone are worth the price of admission. Tom has a gentle, understated quality to him, but for all that, they make one hell of an impact whenever they play."
Leith Folk Club review March 2016
"Tom Fairnie is Scotland's best kept songwriting secret." Edinburgh Evening News
"Tom Fairnie writes excellent material and performs it with the energy and passion of a seasoned player" Martin Lennon - Edinburgh Evening News
"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 Flying Shoes Review http://flyingshoes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tom-fairnie-banishment-as-eden-lay-in-darkness
"Tom Fairnie, 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
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