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Last updated 11th June 2014


We've had some fantastic gigs over the past few months including:

Bleachingfield Dunbar

Hopetoun House, Scottish Bird Fair

Moniaive Folk Festival

10Red

and now we look forward to the following

Loanhead Music Festival on 14th June where I'm running a songwriting workshop

Archerfield Americana Night on 14th June in Archerfield Walled Garden near Dirleton East Lothian

St Cecilia's Hall, 1st -5th August as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

We're also planning a small tour of Germany and the Netherlands in October and it looks as though we'll return to wonderful Woelpinghausen on 17th October. I'm going to do my very best to have another album ready for Germany. We've been practising hard with Madelaine Cave and Graham Whyte who. along with Jane and myself, form a new band which we call Tomfoolery.




We enjoyed a very successful 5 night run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with good crowds and some stunning performers as we celebrated 10 years of Foakies.

We also completed another successful mini-tour in the Netherlands and Germany including gigs in Amsterdam and Woelpinghausen, and earlier in Tuningen.


I've been busy writing some new songs, mostly with my good friend and poet Bob Shields, and we nearly have enough material for another album so watch out!




John Davy of Flying Shoes Review has reviewed my last albums:

"Tom Fairnie: Banishment/As Eden Lay In Darkness
Posted by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on April 1, 2012 at 12:30

Tom Fairnie is an Edinburgh-based poet/singer/songwriter with a rich background of performance and recorded collaborations with other poets and musicians. There are a couple of previous “solo” recordings but these two new discs demonstrate that the man is an inate collaborator – there must be about thirty other musicians and singers credited with an appearance at some point in the proceedings, though the core sound throughout remains Tom himself and his acoustic guitar. He says that he aims for uncluttered arrangements and that is indeed the case – in fact his music is at its most effective when his bruised, Scots Kenny Rogers voice is set against his own beautifully elegant folk guitar style.

The songs collected on these two discs go back over the last ten years or so and combine several strands of his work. First and foremost, he’s a poet, in love with words and imagery. 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. Secondly, he’s in love with country music and with American self-mythology. Songs about Hank Williams and Bonnie and Clyde are not the only occasions when his imagination drifts across the Atlantic to put himself in a desert landscape or in a border bar, drowning his romantic sorrows in tequila. Thirdly, he enjoys wandering (at least in his imagination) around European scenes of culture and sophistication and, fourthly, he enjoys referencing the music and the writers that have informed his life in performance, from traditional British folk song to You Are My Sunshine. In other words, there is a richness of material here that makes for some enjoyable listening as you let your imagination follow the paths he leads you down.
The beautifully produced covers for these discs incorporate booklets that feature poems from Tom’s good friend and colleague, Bob Shields – poems that sit as companion pieces alongside the lyrics to each song. It’s a clear indication of where the heart of this work lies."

John Davy


 

One of Scotland's finest radio stations, CELTIC MUSIC RADIO, had my 2 new albums, As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment as their combined Album of the Week back in January and I can't thank them enough. 

The tracks are getting more airplay, with Shoeshine Boy and The Last Sailor Man being played on The Iain Anderson Show on Radio Scotland, one of the most highly respected programmes around. It doesn't get much better.

The two new CDs As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment are now available and can be ordered as proper CDs or as downloads.  I am promoting them as much as possible and the response has been way beyond my highest expectations.  

These two CDs have been almost four years in the making and there are lots of people to whom I owe a big debt of thanks for having helped, encouraged or inspired their creation and a significant amount of people participated in their production as well. I really am very proud of them and I would hope that you would all enjoy listening to them.

I have priced them at £10 per CD but, as they are related in theme and because there are some consistent features across both CDs, I have also decided to sell them at £15 for the pair. I think it makes sense to consider them as two related CDs rather than either a double CD or as two single CDs because of the connections between them. I normlly describe them as being a bit like non-identical twins. There will be p&p on top of that but I honestly believe they're worth it. Please just visit the Music page on this website or email me if you want to order some copies.

I should mention that there is still a plan to have an official launch but I haven’t fixed that up yet. I think my plan would be to have at least a couple of launches with one in Edinburgh and the other in Glasgow. 

"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 with an endless Nebraskan landscape for influence. A slight Celtic whip and massive understanding for atmosphere gives Tom Fairnie an outstanding position from which to make music; some of his songs falling to within half a beat of Deacon Blue....with a refreshingly modern tackling of a very traditional sound....a cinematic and beautiful sound." Taken from a review on Rawrip by Greg Harper

For information; here’s the track lists…

As Eden Lay In Darkness Tom Fairnie


01. Shoeshine Boy

02. Falling Down

03. Don’t Wish Your Dreams Away

04. Sonoma & Sistine

05. Will You Fly Away?

06. I Ain’t Goin’ Dancin’ No More

07. Welcome The Morn

08. Everybody Lies

09. Prada Heels

10. The Blue Part Of My Heart

11. Hawthorn

12. Indiana



Banishment Tom Fairnie


01. The Last Sailor Man

02. Approaching Horizontal

03. Without Tears

04. Runaway Blues

05. Boston

06. The Rose Of Morelos

07. Little Lucifer

08. If I Could Hold Her In My Arms

09. The Love Of Columbine

10. The Woman

11. I Want To Be Kissed

12. The Bells Of San Giulio

13. The Glen Of Amelanchier

14. We All Want To Go Home Now 

Here are my contact details including my email address...


Personal Email: tomfairnie@talktalk.net

website: www.tomfairnie.com

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/tomfairnie

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tom-Fairnie/189220038242#!/tom.fairnie

Folk Alley: http://www.folkalley.com/openmic/artist.php?id=141

Macjams: http://www.macjams.com/artist/TomFairnie

MySpace: www.myspace.com/tomfairnie

I would describe myself as a contemporary singer songwriter and poet from Edinburgh. I’ve been writing songs for longer than I care to remember although I’ve only really been performing for about the last ten years. I originally decided to record my first CD, birthmarked, as a way of documenting my songs and I have since released three solo CDs, The Journeyman, As Eden Lay In Darkness and Banishment. My music also features on three collaborative works; Companions, War On War and The Harbour At Symi and my songs have featured as co-writes on CDs by Bernard Brogue, Martin Boland and Lords Of The Bothy. I also recorded an album called Speaking In Tongues with The Travelling Waverlies, a group of singer-songwriters and poets.


If you'd like to leave me a comment or message then there's a guestbook just below the "News" section on this page. I look forward to hearing from you!
 

Information

2013 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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  • 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

  • Linda Harnett

    Linda Harnett Cumbernauld

    Hi Tom, I called by, stayed a while, listened to the music, read your poetry, (which was impressive) and loved my time spent here! I feel suitably calmed and peaceful after an arduous week... and will visit often... Brilliant site...See you both soon....Love & Light :)
    Hi Tom,
    I called by, stayed a while, listened to the music, read your poetry, (which was impressive) and loved my time spent here! I feel suitably calmed and peaceful after an arduous week... and will visit often... Brilliant site...See you both soon....Love & Light smile

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