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Last updated 12th June 2016
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.
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.
I am considering making another solo CD and there are at least two other exciting projects being planned.
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
"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
"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 - FSR http://flyinshoes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tom-fairnie-banishment-as-eden-lay-in-darkness” John Davy - Flying Shoes Review
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 songwriting. We hope in the future to have guests appearing on the show to showcase their songs and discuss their songwriting 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.