Tom Martin

Mar 28, 2011 |  0 comments
Date: Mar 28, 2011 Time: 
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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
 
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tom Martin came of age at a time of strife and violence, when “The Troubles” were raging.   He plied his trade as a boxer, but found he was more a poet than a warrior.  As a young man he set out, armed with a guitar and a handful of songs, to explore the world and make his mark as a musician and lyricist.  Over the years Tom crafted his songs and honed his musical skills, weaving the people, places and life situations he experienced into musical poetry – essentially and perhaps instinctively following in the ancient tradition of the seanchaithe – itinerant bards of Ireland whose stock in trade was verse, song and musicianship.   Tom’s songwriting and musical arrangements have been compared to Paul Simon, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Ry Cooder, and he counts all of these luminaries among his musical influences, along with the Rolling Stones, Bert Jansch, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson and Doc Watson, and the traditional music of his native Ireland.   But the songs, the style and the delivery are very much his own. 

visit his website: http://www.tommartinmusic.com/

Tickets are $8 at the door


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