Acoustic Roots.....Celtic Soul
Irish singer songwriter Tom Martin has carved out a musical niche perhaps best described as "Celtic Fusion" in that he seems to effortlessly infuse whatever genre he tackles with the elusive but unmistakable muse that is found only among the musicians, mystics and poets of Ireland. A consummate performer who has honed his craft for more than forty years, in venues ranging from bars to concert halls and festival stages, Tom's songwriting and musical arrangements have been compared to Paul Simon, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Ry Cooder. He counts all of these luminaries among his musical influences, along with the Rolling Stones, Bert Jansch, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Doc Watson, and the traditional music of his native Ireland. But the songs, the style and the delivery are very much his own.
Tom performs both solo and with The Tom Martin Band. He has many CDs to his credit, the newest being "Celtic Soul" - a tribute to his traditional Irish Roots.Now based in England, Tom is the founder and proprietor of the Tower of Song Cafe Bar, a dedicated venue for quality acoustic music located in Birmingham
Tom Martin Live at the Tower of Song with cellist Helena Rosewell
"...Roots and rock drawn from years of crafting...Folk, Country and Irish melancholia..."
"Widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists to have come out of Ireland, but primarily a brilliant songwriter of longstanding cult status...easy to listen to, hard to define, with the melodic touch of a Paul Simon and the lyrical insight of John Prine, but a sound and a songwriting skill that is undeniably his own" Belfast Telegraph
Tom Martin Live Solo Performance Video:
Click on the links below to hear samples of Tom's music:
"She Moved Through the Fair" (Traditional Irish)
More MP3s and videos HERE.
READ A REVIEW of Tom's live performance in Floyd, Virginia in May 2011.