Described by Performing Songwriter as a cross between Ben Folds and Elvis Costello, Glynn’s soulful voice, introspective lyrics and uncanny sense of melody and chord structure blur the lines between folk, jazz, and pop into a sound that is truly his own. His passion for the singer-songwriters of his youth, along with his father’s love of the popular songbook of a previous generation, led Glynn to a life of crafting songs that are both fresh and timeless.
A student of piano and guitar since the age of ten, Glynn plays all the instruments on his latest recordings and also produces his own songs. His moving live performances are a blend of intricate guitar finger-picking, powerful piano playing, and evocative story-telling. Glynn performs with a baritone acoustic guitar in an alternate tuning specifically built for him by renowned luthier David Berkowitz. This rare, beautiful instrument, described as “the cello of guitars”, captures the low end of a bass guitar and the high bell tones of a standard guitar simultaneously. The result is an incredibly full and dramatic sound for a one man show.
Glynn’s first performance at The Living Room in New York was opening for Norah Jones and The Little Willies, and he now performs there regularly and throughout listening rooms on the East Coast, including the new Berklee venue in his hometown of Boston. His music is heard in 350 Caffe Nero coffee shops across Europe. Throughout the years, his songs have been featured on numerous TV shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. Steve Morse of The Boston Globe calls him “a tunesmith at the top of his game.”
Tom Glynn - Vocals, Baritone Acoustic Guitar, and Piano.
Blue You'll Do - 2010
Living Proof - 2008
Passing dream - 2005
As Ever Goes - 2003
Music streaming on Pandora, Last.FM, and has been heard on Sirius/XM and in over 300 Caffe Nero coffee shops across Europe. Music available on iTunes and at tomglynn.com
The Boston Globe
"A pop tunesmith at the top of his game. His songs ahve a deepening resonance."
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I always like a good songwriter. Call me biased, but if you don’t have a good song to start out with...I always like a good songwriter. Call me biased, but if you don’t have a good song to start out with, it’s like trying to construct a house on coffee grounds. You have to have a strong foundation to build on. Living Proof is a ten-song set raised on a firm base. It reminded me of those great 70’s singer/songwriter albums I would find in my parents’ record collection as a kid. A swell mix between songs focused on guitar and those on piano, and a good mellow listen on the whole. Hailing from Boston, it’s no surprise that his voice is reminiscent of James Taylor, but I was also reminded of Matthew Sweet as well. Some musicians master a certain genre; some acquire extraordinary technique on their chosen instrument. Others are just solid songwriters, and Mr. Glynn is one of those cats.
8.5 Daisy stars
Daisy’s Favorite Lyric: “There’s nothing more to do but dream”
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It's a Sunday night at the Kendall Cafe, and the crowd is filling up the room as Tom Glynn prepares ...It's a Sunday night at the Kendall Cafe, and the crowd is filling up the room as Tom Glynn prepares for the third installment of an April residency here. As the music begins, some people in the audience seem familiar with the songs, others seem to be newcomers, but all share one thing in common: they are listening very closely, reacting as much to the lyrics as the instrumentation. The Kendall has a way of taking on different personalities depending on who is playing there. It is at times a cafe, at times a bar, and at times a club, but when Tom Glynn plays there, it is most definitely a cafe.
Glynn's songwriting, which won him the John Lennon Songwriting Competition several years ago and more recently a residency at the Kendall and a gig at the esteemed Tir na nOg in Union Square, is worthy of such attention. His lyrics can be passionate or distant, bitter or lighthearted, but they always seem to ring true. The crowds that have been attending his recent Kendall shows are a varied bunch, but all have found lyrics to identify with, words that move them.
A typical set list contains 12 to 15 original songs and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. The set can be shortened or extended as time permits.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.