Illawarra Folk Club
7.30pm Saturday 26 April
Tom Lewis (UK)
plus The Thomsons plus mystery Artist
Members $15 | Non-Members $20 BUY TICKETS ONLINE or call 1300 887 034
Youth (13-18) $5 | Child (U12) free
7.30pm CITY DIGGERS WOLLONGONG
Doors open 7pm.
Tom Lewis knows the sea – from the bottom up! As a 24-year veteran of the British Submarine Service, he brings a wealth of experience and a rare authenticity to the realm or nautical song. His songs are known and sung wherever great choruses ring out. With a powerful delivery anchored firmly in his native Celtic style, Tom’s repertoire; from traditional shanties to songs fashioned from his own seafaring background; recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. In a word – entertaining!
Born in Belfast, Northern Island, his Irish heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking the quiet sorrow of a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty “to be heard from the gales”. Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukelele – but it’s his voice – and salty stories – that will bring you back to hear him again and again,
Tom’s latest release for Borealis 360° is a vibrant mix of songs that convey Tom’s abiding passion for singable songs from, quite literally, all points of the compass!
“If there is a folk equivalent to Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie, it is Radio Times by Tom Lewis.”
Shelley Posen, Sing Out!
“Thoroughly entertaining … brimming with robustly resonant harmonies and songs, by turns traditional and contemporary, thoughtful and whimsical.”
Mike Joyce, The Washington Post