Tom's repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales."
With songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out; Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humour—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again ... and again.
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Jasmine Beth plays original songs about problematic people of all kinds–from problem gamblers to problem politicians. Her main influences are folk and country singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, and Roger Miller. She spends a lot of time on the road, touring Australia and the UK regularly.
Her single 'The Gambling Man' (2021) was a Finalist in the Great American Song Contest 2021, shortlisted in the Australian Song Contest 2021, and Commended in the UK Songwriting Contest 2021. Her unreleased single 'We Go Together' (2023) was Commended in the UK Songwriting Contest 2023.
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"highly infectious ... I can't help but be caught up in the magic myself and add my own voice to the choruses." - Mike Regenstreif, Sing Out! Magazine
"...full of emotion and rich in truthful detail." - Les Seiminuik, Penguineggs (www.penguineggs.ab.ca)
"...the works of a greatly gifted songwriter. His recordings are filled with a vibrant authenticity that is timeless." - Gerry Taylor, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal
"A consistently strong set that packs a wallop. Fine stuff with real bite." - Living Tradition Magazine UK
"It's impossible not to sing along." - Dirty Linen
"...a charismatic stage presence ... the tang of salt still lingers in his lyrics." - Stephen Pederson, Chronicle-Herald, Halifax NS
"A 'singer-songwriter' who is truly both halves of the hyphenate!" - Reel Times, Austin, TX
"Tom has carved a niche for himself in the annals of maritime music, his traditional idiom song writing is up there alongside Tawney and MacColl". - Seán Laffey, Traditional & Folk Music Directory UK
"Thoroughly entertaining ... brimming with robustly resonant harmonies and songs, by turns traditional and contemporary, thoughtful and whimsical." - Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
"Don't ask whether you should buy this album (360°). Just decide on how many copies." - Dai Woosnam - Living Tradition - Issue#62
“Jasmine’s songs ranged through a string of rhythms and meters that spoke honestly, with a sense of the poetic.” - Eric Pozza, Canberra Jazz
“Her lyrics are authentic and her storytelling is sincere.” - Markos Papadatos, Suite 101