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Last updated 4th June 2017
As Tomfoolery prepare for The Three Harbours Festival and our gig with The Domestics I continue to maintain other projects. A priority is to make a CD with the wonderful singer, songwriter and performer, Christine Sparks. Christine and I had a conversation last year about the possibility of her making a CD of my songs after she had made a recording of Liberty for another project. Christine has since also recorded The Woman and she performed it recently at her Vibrant Musselburgh concert where it was received really well. I can't imagine the song being sung better. If my plans go according to plan, Christine should have recorded at least one more song before Rob and Sarah Skinner (otherwise known as The Red Dirt Skinners) stay with us on their way between gigs and Sarah, who is an award winning musician, has agreed to add sax to a track. Hopefully that part of the plan will work out fine. I have also asked my good friend, Don Campbell, who is an artist in London, to contribute images for the CD. I have always enjoyed collaborating with other creative people and I am very excited at the thought of this CD. Check out Christine Sparks and The Red Dirt Skinners and you will see what I mean.
Sonoma & Sistine, a song that I co-wrote with Bob Shields and Mark Barnett has reached the finals of its category in the UK Country Music Radio Awards. It was initially selected as one of about twenty five songs that were voted on by listeners and is now in the final five that are judged by a panel. I am obviously extremely proud that the song has got to this stage and my fingers are crossed that it can go even further. All I can say is that I know that, given a fair listen, it stands up well. It has one of my favourite choruses and the lyrics work well with the melody despite being deceptively non-country. I noted that the names of the finalists were re-tweeted by Bob Harris, the great man himself and that alone was a huge thrill.
Bob and I wrote a song recently called The Gowan Robed, which is a song that finally found it's way to being written in the Scottish folk music tradition. I offered it to the wonderful Pauline Alexander who said that she would be happy to perform it in concert and she has said that she will record it for her next CD. I am so thrilled by that. I saw Pauline last at The Wee Folk Club just a few months ago and she was brilliant. She has a stunning voice and I can't wait to hear her sing the song and I am really looking forward to the recording. Check out Pauline Alexander and Sandy Stanage and you will understand why I am so thrilled.
The success of Sonoma & Sistine came from having distributed promotional copies of the HARD TO FIND EP. I had sent the EP to various broadcasters, programmes, presenters and producers. My co-writing partner, Bob Shields, and I both thought it would be a good idea to focus on the Country / Americana aspect of our song writing in order to get some plays and generate interest. The songs we chose to put on this EP were My Little Radio, Shoeshine Boy, Sonoma & Sistine, Runaway Blues and Wild Geese. We also decided to put it out under both our names in order to reflect how important we consider the song writing to be.
All of the songs on the EP are available on this website for download, as are the original CDs on which the songs were featured. I have also compiled a full country / Americana CD under the same name and made that available for download on this website.
I am still planning to start recording another solo CD soon. I always envisaged making five CDs and I have all the songs for this (final) one.
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 am going to endeavour to have more guests on the show and on occasion, I still like to co-present the show with Bob or with the writer and poet, Kevin Cadwallender.
I have also been busy revising my songbook; changing lyrics here and there...hopefully improving them and reviving songs that don't feature in my own performances or in the Tomfoolery set, songs that haven't been recorded and some that 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 as 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 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
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