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 Last updated 4th June 2017

As Tomfoolery prepare for The Three Harbours Festival and our gig with The Domestics I continue to maintain other projects. A priority is to make a CD with the wonderful singer, songwriter and performer, Christine Sparks. Christine and I had a conversation last year about the possibility of her making a CD of my songs after she had made a recording of Liberty for another project. Christine has since also recorded The Woman and she performed it recently at her Vibrant Musselburgh concert where it was received really well. I can't imagine the song being sung better. If my plans go according to plan, Christine should have recorded at least one more song before Rob and Sarah Skinner (otherwise known as The Red Dirt Skinners) stay with us on their way between gigs and Sarah, who is an award winning musician, has agreed to add sax to a track. Hopefully that part of the plan will work out fine. I have also asked my good friend, Don Campbell, who is an artist in London, to contribute images for the CD. I have always enjoyed collaborating with other creative people and I am very excited at the thought of this CD. Check out Christine Sparks and The Red Dirt Skinners and you will see what I mean.

Sonoma & Sistine, a song that I co-wrote with Bob Shields and Mark Barnett has reached the finals of its category in the UK Country Music Radio Awards. It was initially selected as one of about twenty five songs that were voted on by listeners and is now in the final five that are judged by a panel. I am obviously extremely proud that the song has got to this stage and my fingers are crossed that it can go even further. All I can say is that I know that, given a fair listen, it stands up well. It has one of my favourite choruses and the lyrics work well with the melody despite being deceptively non-country. I noted that the names of the finalists were re-tweeted by Bob Harris, the great man himself and that alone was a huge thrill.

Bob and I wrote a song recently called The Gowan Robed, which is a song that finally found it's way to being written 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 will record it for her next CD. I am so thrilled by that. I saw Pauline last at The Wee Folk Club just a few months ago and she was brilliant. She has a stunning voice and I can't wait to hear her sing the song and I am really looking forward to the recording. Check out Pauline Alexander and Sandy Stanage 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.

 I am still planning to start recording another solo CD soon. I always envisaged making five CDs and I have all the songs for this (final) one.

 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.

 Reviews:
 
"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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  • bryan begg

    bryan begg drifter

    hi tom , hope your night goes well , sorry we couldnt make it , bit concerned weve been trying to get in touch with ken kennedy for the last few days, no joy , did he make oyur party? we were all going together ... could you dsrop me a e-mail if you here from him ,cap'n bryanbegg@btinternet.com

    hi tom , hope your night goes well , sorry we couldnt make it , bit concerned weve been trying to get in touch with ken kennedy for the last few days, no joy , did he make oyur party? we were all going together ... could you dsrop me a e-mail if you here from him ,cap'n bryanbegg@btinternet.com

  • merryfiddler

    merryfiddler nr chelmsford essex

    Hi Tom I got to this page quite by surprise... I googled for Ewan McVicker Tune Book... this was the result!!! Like the music... am writing for my own band (as well as others writing for us) and hope to put some recordings up soon so you can have a listen if you like. I will try to add as a friend on myspace... thanks for the open invite on this site. Do you ever get down this way??? Luv Cath:agree:

    Hi Tom

    I got to this page quite by surprise... I googled for Ewan McVicker Tune Book... this was the result!!!

    Like the music... am writing for my own band (as well as others writing for us) and hope to put some recordings up soon so you can have a listen if you like. I will try to add as a friend on myspace... thanks for the open invite on this site.

    Do you ever get down this way???

    Luv Cathagree

  • Tom

    Tom Edinburgh

    Hey Ally - next time you see us in Symi (or even Glasgow - we're appearing at the Buchanan Hotel on 15th September) then please come and say hello!

    Hey Ally - next time you see us in Symi (or even Glasgow - we're appearing at the Buchanan Hotel on 15th September) then please come and say hello!

  • Ally

    Ally Glasgow

    Love the tunes, lyrics and feel of this music, think we've seen you walking round Symi in the past so you obviously have good taste in location!

    Love the tunes, lyrics and feel of this music, think we've seen you walking round Symi in the past so you obviously have good taste in location!

  • Tom

    Tom Edinburgh

    Hi all (Joe and Eddie in particular) Thank you for all your comments. It's so heartening to get such positive feedback. I'm just so pleased to get my music out there and, whilst I hope that the songs connect with people, it is good to get a response that seems to indicate that it's working. The most exciting things for me right now, in terms of my music, are working on new songs with The Snakes and getting some airplay. Mind you; you could always email a request to Iain Anderson and make me an even happier man :-) We've started recording and I'm optimistic that it will take things to a new level. I hope you'll keep listening and coming along to gigs. The one in Dunkeld recently was an absolute highlight for us. Nick Allmark deserves a huge thank you for being such a great performer, host and organiser.

    Hi all (Joe and Eddie in particular)
    Thank you for all your comments. It's so heartening to get such positive feedback. I'm just so pleased to get my music out there and, whilst I hope that the songs connect with people, it is good to get a response that seems to indicate that it's working. The most exciting things for me right now, in terms of my music, are working on new songs with The Snakes and getting some airplay. Mind you; you could always email a request to Iain Anderson and make me an even happier man :-)
    We've started recording and I'm optimistic that it will take things to a new level. I hope you'll keep listening and coming along to gigs. The one in Dunkeld recently was an absolute highlight for us. Nick Allmark deserves a huge thank you for being such a great performer, host and organiser.

  • Joe Brady

    Joe Brady Buffalo,NY, USA

    To a great poet, great picker, great singer: My biggest breath of fresh air for the past 20 years of listening to everything I could get my hands on. When it gets this late in the evening, and I'm done rolling home, I turn on my little radio and pour me a tall glass of Wild Geese.......Cheers.:laugh:

    To a great poet, great picker, great singer: My biggest breath of fresh air for the past 20 years of listening to everything I
    could get my hands on. When it gets this late in the evening, and I'm done rolling home, I turn on my little radio and pour
    me a tall glass of Wild Geese.......Cheers.laugh

  • Eddie McWarren

    Eddie McWarren Birnam

    Tom I was lucky enough to see you perform at the Taybank on Saturday night (24th Feb) and just wanted to say thank for a great evening. Your lyrics are magical and when you talked about imagery I could see just where you were coming from. My favourite song of the whole night (all performers included) was your last song before the encores, I think it was something like "When I Hold Her", but it totally choked me with emotion. Your vocal backing was superb, two beautiful voices that blended perfectly and tight harmonies that gave your songs added texture and quality. I hope you come back to the Taybank soon! Ed

    Tom I was lucky enough to see you perform at the Taybank on Saturday night (24th Feb) and just wanted to say thank for a great evening. Your lyrics are magical and when you talked about imagery I could see just where you were coming from. My favourite song of the whole night (all performers included) was your last song before the encores, I think it was something like "When I Hold Her", but it totally choked me with emotion. Your vocal backing was superb, two beautiful voices that blended perfectly and tight harmonies that gave your songs added texture and quality. I hope you come back to the Taybank soon! Ed

  • michael ramsay

    michael ramsay pitlochry

    an't find your email address,i have a show on heartland fm and would like you to contact me and send a cd before you play dunkeld this week if pos.It is good to include local events in my show and to let the listner hear a bit of your work to raise general awareness, if this interests you e mail me on mailbox@heartlandfm.co.uk and maybe do a wee interview with yourself.Keep on gigin.

    an't find your email address,i have a show on heartland fm and would like you to contact me and send a cd before you play dunkeld this week if pos.It is good to include local events in my show and to let the listner hear a bit of your work to raise general awareness, if this interests you e mail me on mailbox@heartlandfm.co.uk and maybe do a wee interview with yourself.Keep on gigin.

  • Terry Point

    Terry Point Calgary, Canada

    Hi Tom, Been some time since I corresponded with you. Thought I would tell you I added a comment on Folk Alley, regarding companions. As always my best wishes for you and you family, hoping this email finds you all well.My comment Folk Alley : To stand up without shame, says it all Tom. We all have been there, feet up, eating changing the channel while the commercial plays...the young and old...the hungry and forgotten, in our cozy cotton heated homes. Think the answer to your question lies between greed and shame. We have all seen the change one person can make upon the world...and all to easy and soon we forget. Companion hits emotions we as a society, the fortunate would rather put on the back burner, or in our closets...big business, big oil also lurk in that darkness unwilling to give and make change. Posted by: Terry P on September 23, 2006 12:48AM

    Hi Tom,

    Been some time since I corresponded with you. Thought I would tell you I added a comment on Folk Alley, regarding companions. As always my best wishes for you and you family, hoping this email finds you all well.My comment Folk Alley :
    To stand up without shame, says it all Tom. We all have been there, feet up, eating changing the channel while the commercial plays...the young and old...the hungry and forgotten, in our cozy cotton heated homes. Think the answer to your question lies between greed and shame. We have all seen the change one person can make upon the world...and all to easy and soon we forget. Companion hits emotions we as a society, the fortunate would rather put on the back burner, or in our closets...big business, big oil also lurk in that darkness unwilling to give and make change.
    Posted by: Terry P on September 23, 2006 12:48AM

  • PacMan aka DaVorTex

    PacMan aka DaVorTex Brooklyn,New York

    ahh i found it lol. weird location of the guest book. But anyways awsome music, keep the skill fresh

    ahh i found it lol. weird location of the guest book. But anyways awsome music, keep the skill fresh

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