Tom grew up in County Durham, where his grandfather settled from County Cork. He started playing guitar when he was 12 and was influenced by the blues rock players of the sixties, including Jimi Hendrix and Peter Green.
Tom's teenage years were spent surrounded by electric guitars and motorbikes and playing lead guitar in local bands. He moved to London, learned fiddle, mandolin and flute and became entrenched in the London Irish scene, eventually ending up in Oxfordshire, where he still lives. His involvement in the folk rock scene followed meetings with Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders in the early 1980s.
Tom's career jas seen him play with the late John B Spencer, Phil Bates (ELO), Clem Clempson, Steve Gibbons, Kevin Dempsey, Little Johnny England, Tanna, Zeus, Albion Morris and many more. He received 3 star reviews in Q Magazine for his solo albums, Calm Waters and Off the Rocks. Tom has been in Feast of Fiddles since the outset and says, " I feel blessed to have been in this band for the last 20 years and be with great people. I have many happy memories. "
A humorous and interesting man, there is not much that Tom has not seen or done within the music world. Tom is a beautifully tender player with a great gift for writing melodic tunes. Famous within the band for his laugh amongst other things, his mirth is highly infectious. Great fun to be with and hilariously funny, Tom is just the tonic you need after a long, bad day.
Tom has played with two lineups of Lindisfarne and the Gary Fletcher Band.