This week we have not one but TWO albums of the week! Edinburgh singer/songwriter, Tom Fairnie has recent released “non-identical twin” CDs, Banishment & As Eden Lay in Darkness
Listen to our feature Album of the Week programme with Ciaran Dorris on Saturday 28th January from 12 noon and 12 midnight.
Tom says: “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 attempt to write lyrical, melodic and intelligent songs and try to make the best use of my guitar skills to provide sensitive uncluttered arrangements. I often gig as a part of The Travelling Waverlies, who perform a mixture of poetry and song and who released their first cd Speaking In Tongues to really good reviews.
The Waverlies compromise four poets…Bob Shields, Billy Cornwall, Mike Dillon and myself although the group has grown to be more inclusive and performers such as Mark Barnett, Martin Boland, Nancy Somerville, Jane Fairnie and Kenny Vass have all contributed. We have toured the Netherlands and performed at various festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe.
I often collaborate with Bob and we are steadily building up a catalogue of songs. Our joint efforts feature on birthmarked, Speaking In Tongues, The Harbour At Symi, Companions, War On War, The Journeyman and As Eden Lay In Darkness.
My style cuts across folk, country and blues but I simply try to write the best songs that I can. On my last CD, The Journeyman, I was lucky to have the support and help of singers and players like Kathy Stewart, Arthur Wilson, Kenny Vass, Martin Boland, Ken Kennedy, Killian Playthell-Steele, Gill Reid, Pamela Halpin, Peter Kavanagh, Mark Barnett, Jane Fairnie and others.”
Tom also organises the Foakies, which is an evening devoted to singer songwriters and poets performing their own original songs and writing. It takes place on the first Monday of every month (except August and January) in the downstairs lounge of The Royal Oak at 1 Infirmary Street in Edinburgh. Entry is just £5 entry.
“It has, at times, been absolutely magical and it has never been less than a great evening,” says Tom. “We’ve had a wealth of talent at Foakies and, after a couple of years out, we are back with the help of fellow songwriter, Simon Kempston.”
Each CD is just £10, or buy both for £15!