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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.

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



Previous updates...

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.

 

Past events

2014


 I ran a songwriting workshop at Loanhead Music Festival and then hotfooted it down to the
Archerfield Americana Night on 14th June in Archerfield Walled Garden near Dirleton East Lothian

We had our annual series of Foakies concerts at St Cecilia's Hall, 1st -5th August as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival


We've been practising hard with Madelaine Cave and Graham Whyte who, along with Jane and myself, have formed a new band, which we call Tomfoolery. We completed  a small tour of Germany and the Netherlands in October and it looks as though we'll return to wonderful Wolpinghausen on 17th October 2015. I did my very best to have another album ready for Germany and thanks to a few late night recording sessions we managed to produce a CD to take with us. As well as Wolpinghausen we played gigs in Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Eindhoven. 

I also played various gigs throughout the year including

The Scottish Bird Fair at Hopetoun House
10 Red
An impromptu session in The Gin Mill in Indianola, Mississippi
Moniaive Folk Festival
Foakies
Musselburgh Hotpot


2013 

This was an incredibly busy year on the music front. Highlights to date include a very special House Concert in Tuningen, Germany, playing Athelstaneford (birthplace of the Saltire) on St Andrew's night, and playing live on Lionheart Radio on Fiona Elcoat's fabulous Big Boots and Celtic Roots show.

For the 2012 Festival Fringe I joined fellow Foakies organisers Mark Barnett and Simon Kempston for a 5 night run of the highly successful Scottish Songwriters in the Round.

My previous Edinburgh Festival Fringe gig in 2011 at The Acoustic Music Centre in St Bride's was a big success. I really enjoyed the show and I think the songs went over well.

I've been a guest on Leith fm twice recently; once to promote the show at St Bride's and also on Laura Kerr's Light and Dark Show where I read some poetry. I was also a guest and played a couple of songs live on Celtic Music Radio and had a song played by Jackie Storrar on her wonderful country music show on CMR Nashville, which is Europe's number one country music radio station. Jackie is a great singer songwriter and I've really enjoyed listening to her music and her shows. You should all tune in on Saturday mornings. Just Google CMR Nashville.

I appeared on The Maid of the Loch, which is moored at Balloch Pier, as part of Folk on the Boat, which was an event organised by Celtic Music Radio. It was a great line-up and I'm proud to have been a part of it. Check out the Celtic Music Radio website and, in particular, my favourite CD Ciaran Dorris who is a great singer songwriter and a lovely guy.

July's Foakies was absolutely one of the best ever. Kathy Stewart and The Fequent Flyers provided a wonderful show. I love Kathy's songs and she is a great performer who engages with the audience better than anyone I know. We also had two great poets in Jo MacFarlane and Rachel McCluskey who both did tremendous sets. Bruce Hogg also played two superb instrumental pieces that demonstated his technical ability as well as the way he can create a mood and convey an emotion. I realise that I'm sounding effusive but the atmosphere that was generated by the performers and the audience that night was just magical. I won't ever forget that evening.


When I was listening to the masters of Banishment and As Eden Lay In Darkness reminded me of how much time and effort it has taken to get to this point. It's amazing how many decisions have finally developed into finished productions. I could go on endlessly about songwriting, recording and mixing but what it all comes down to is something of a mantra for me, "emotion in, emotion out". If I had reached the end of all of this process and lost the original emotion that inspired the songs then I think I would have felt that it had failed but I honestly think it's still there although, of course, it isn't for me to judge. It's ironic that what I think is the most essential ingredient in the whole thing depends on every other listener.

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  • Sean Jones

    Sean Jones bristol , NH

    hello Tom, I happened to come across your song "first to last" on a video from YouTube while I was researching log cabins. I read your comment of the traveling waverlies being the group at the time. I tried to find the song on iTunes for purchase but could not locate the group or the song . However I did find you but no first to last, so if you could please add that to your matierial available for purchase that would be great! Thank you for your time sir. Hi Sean. First To Last is now available for download. It is also available as a track on The Travelling Waverlies CD; Speaking In Tongues, which is a mixture of songs and poetry. You can contact me at tomfairnie@talktalk.net with your contact details if you would like me to send you a copy of the CD. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the song and for getting in touch. All good things. Tom

    hello Tom, I happened to come across your song "first to last" on a video from YouTube while I was researching log cabins. I read your comment of the traveling waverlies being the group at the time. I tried to find the song on iTunes for purchase but could not locate the group or the song . However I did find you but no first to last, so if you could please add that to your matierial available for purchase that would be great! Thank you for your time sir.

    Hi Sean. First To Last is now available for download. It is also available as a track on The Travelling Waverlies CD; Speaking In Tongues, which is a mixture of songs and poetry. You can contact me at tomfairnie@talktalk.net with your contact details if you would like me to send you a copy of the CD. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the song and for getting in touch. All good things. Tom

  • Thomas W.Mountain

    Thomas W.Mountain Constantinopolis

    I shall have listened to this song by you are saying now.Really I think a classical good song although I may not understand music so It is a likely song. Sincerely,succeeds...

    I shall have listened to this song by you are saying now.Really I think a classical good song although I may not
    understand music so It is a likely song.
    Sincerely,succeeds...

  • Ulrich

    Ulrich Bad Nenndorf

    Hi Tom, thanks for this wonderful evening at Kleine Freiheit in Wölpinghausen. Banishment and Eden are now at the top of my playlist. Hope you will come back next year! Ulrich

    Hi Tom,
    thanks for this wonderful evening at Kleine Freiheit in Wölpinghausen. Banishment and Eden are now at the top of my playlist. Hope you will come back next year!
    Ulrich

  • Carsten

    Carsten Empede, Northern Germany

    Hi Tom, thanks again for your splendid gig at Kleine Freieit yesterday evening alongside the Busker. It was great. We enjoyed Banishement in the CarAudio on our way home and will give a listen to Eden tonight while sitting in front of the stove. Truly fine pieces of Music. Thanks. Carsten and Claudia

    Hi Tom,
    thanks again for your splendid gig at Kleine Freieit yesterday evening alongside the Busker. It was great. We enjoyed Banishement in the CarAudio on our way home and will give a listen to Eden tonight while sitting in front of the stove. Truly fine pieces of Music. Thanks.
    Carsten and Claudia

  • Stewart T

    Stewart T Hamilton

    Tom - ignore the email - I see the date/venue for the Festival 2013 gig. Hopefully see you there and I'll buy you a beer!

    Tom - ignore the email - I see the date/venue for the Festival 2013 gig. Hopefully see you there and I'll buy you a beer!

  • Jerry Brennan

    Jerry Brennan Berlin/Detroit

    Hi, Tom, We've been listening to the albums and love 'em. Everyone should buy a copy for themselves and another couple for friends and family. Jerry

    Hi, Tom, We've been listening to the albums and love 'em. Everyone should buy a copy for themselves and another couple for friends and family. Jerry

  • evelynne ralph-larner

    evelynne ralph-larner london

    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x

    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x

  • evelynne ralph-larner

    evelynne ralph-larner london

    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x

    Looking forward to seeing you at the festival, hope this is your site, ive twittered your song and on facebook, Ive got some more family members coming to,ps wished i could sing like you, your songs are awesome, my friends agree to x see you soon x Evelynne x

  • Marjolein koolhaas

    Marjolein koolhaas The Netherlands

    Hi Tom I love the calmth in your songs and your voice is just brilliant! (what did it sound like yesterday evening?) You've got a new fan here in Holland! :) Marjolein

    Hi Tom
    I love the calmth in your songs and your voice is just brilliant! (what did it sound like yesterday evening?) You've got a new fan here in Holland! smile
    Marjolein

  • Linda Harnett

    Linda Harnett Cumbernauld.

    Hi Tom, Just wanted to let you know that I have had a 'Fairnie' day today....played both your 'Banishment' and 'As Eden Lay in Darkness' continuously...The more I listen the more I hear. I may never tire of this! (and that is saying something) Oh Happy Day! Linda.x :)

    Hi Tom,
    Just wanted to let you know that I have had a 'Fairnie' day today....played both your 'Banishment' and 'As Eden Lay in Darkness' continuously...The more I listen the more I hear. I may never tire of this! (and that is saying something)
    Oh Happy Day!

    Linda.x smile

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