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Last updated 25th August 2016
Tomfoolery performed at Fringe By The Sea in North Berwick recently and I like to think that the audience enjoyed the gig as much as we did...which was a heck of a lot.
I have compiled an EP of five previously released country / Americana songs in order to send out promotional copies to various broadcasters, programmes, presenters and producers. I thought it would be a good idea to focus on that particular aspect of my song writing in order to get some plays and generate interest. The songs I have chosen are My Little Radio, Shoeshine Boy, Sonoma & Sistine, Runaway Blues and Wild Geese. I say that I have chosen them but the decision was made with my good friend and co-writer Bob Shields as four of the songs are co-writes. We also decided to put it out under both our names as a joint EP called Hard To Find, which is a title that resonates for any song writer who aspires to have their songs heard and covered and for any performer who wants to rise above the deluge of music out there. I shall be sending them out as soon as I get the CDs back from the manufacturer, which should be in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I have made the EP and the songs available here on the website. I have also compiled a full country / Americana CD under the same name and made that available for download exclusively on this website. please give them a listen and let me know what you think.
I am planning to start recording another solo CD and I am optimistic that yet another exciting recording project will happen later this year, but more about that nearer the time.
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 have also been busy revising my songbook; changing lyrics here and there...hopefully improving them and reviving songs that don't feature in the Tomfoolery set, haven't been recorded and 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 and 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 and I have had a busy time recently what with performing in the USA, coming back and getting straight into the Vibrant Musselburgh Festival, which was quickly followed by the Three harbours Festival and then the Loanhead Music Festival. I've done a couple of song writing workshops and judged a couple of song writing competitions as well as performing and going along to support people like Kathy Stewart and The Gallus Crows. It has all been wonderful.
More recently, I have been writing short stories inspired by reading Ambrose Bierce. They are meant to amuse and I have added them to the Humour page of this website. Any comments, critical or otherwise, would be greatly welcomed. I would hope to add some new and revised poetry to the Poetry page as well...once I finish revising a few poems.
The CDs continue to sell steadily and 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
Well, Tomfoolery continues to go from strength to strength. We recently performed in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and I think I can say that it was a successful tour. We really enjoyed playing house concerts and some lovely venues. The people we met have left an indelible impression on us all. America is a country that can dumbfound and thrill in equal measure. The music of America has been, and continues to be, a major influence on my own music.
Since returning I have played solo at the inaugural Vibrant Musselburgh Arts Festival and Tomfoolery performed at the Three Harbours Festival in the Lighthouse Central in Prestonpans. I will be holding a song writing workshop at the Loanhead Music Festival on Saturday the 11th June 2016. Check out the programme to find out exactly where and when.
I had the privilege of winning the inaugural Vibrant Musselburgh Arts Festival Poetry Slam, which took place in Staggs. I was totally overwhelmed to have won...no false modesty, simply gobsmacked.
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 song writing. We hope in the future to have guests appearing on the show to showcase their songs and discuss their song writing influences.
Since writing this update Bob has decided to leave My Little Radio Show to me. I have a sneaking suspicion that he will return for the odd guest appearance on the show but, in the meantime, I am still enjoying presenting the show and providing an opportunity to promote and play great songwriters.