Few musicians can be said to defy genre. Tom is such a musician with a virtuosic technique and hugely diverse musical output he is often regarded as one of the UK’s most exciting guitarists.
Hailing from London, Tom began his musical journey performing with various bands and as a soloist around the pubs and small venues of South East England. A chance encounter with Tommy Emmanuel then encouraged him to pursue solo guitar further, leading Tom to perform some of his earliest gigs at a small guitar festival hosted by Tommy Emmanuel himself.
Immersing himself in every kind of music and the guitar, Tom ranged from fingerpicking ragtime to country blues, jazz and more. Wishing to take things to the next level, he began to teach himself classical guitar technique with the hope of securing a place to study guitar at a conservatoire.
Sure enough, with hard work and dedication, he was offered a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, where he would spend four years studying under the tutelage of Graham Anthony Devine. During this time, Tom performed everywhere and anywhere he could, travelling to the USA and throughout Europe to give concerts. He was also awarded first place in The Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition at Trinity.
Upon graduating, Tom wanted to continue his studies abroad. Travelling to North America, he was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master of Music in classical guitar at The University of British Columbia, where he studied under Dr Daniel Bolshoy. He was an active performer throughout Canada and the USA, winning first place at The Northwest Guitar Competition in 2016.
Tom returned home to London in 2017 and has since based himself there whilst building an internationally recognised career as a performing and recording artist. He has toured as a soloist across three continents, performing on many major stages, such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Teatro Municipal El Retiro in Columbia and the Olympics.
Tom has released three solo albums, each to their own critical acclaim, and has been featured numerous times on BBC Radio 3.
As a live performer, Tom is known not only for his genre-bending shows but also for his friendly spoken introductions to the music.
Aside from his career as a soloist, Tom is the leader and songwriter for The Lost Decades.