Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Described as the “best opening to a festival yet!” (Port Fairy Folk Festival), infectious Australian artist Tom Richardson creates a wall of sound, overdubbing four part vocal harmonies, complicated percussion grooves and lead & rhythm guitar parts, all live on stage. New live DVD out June 2013!

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Biography

With so many talented artists vying for a spot on the world stage, it is becoming increasing more difficult to find somebody doing things a little differently... Tom Richardson is that artist. An adventurous yet humble nomad, in the past 18 months alone, Tom has performed in 14 different countries across the globe. In an age where it’s all too easy for young musicians to be caught in the tide of ever changing trends, online overkill and pressures to be the “next big thing”, Tom has stepped into the side stream, appreciating the freedom of travel, exploration and the privilege of forging relationships with listeners and cultures around the world.

Tom uses the latest in loop pedal technology to create a wall of sound, overdubbing four part vocal harmonies, complicated percussion grooves and lead and rhythm guitar parts, all live on stage. While live looping may not be a new phenomenon, rather than focusing on laying down one continuous groove, Tom dances around the stage, using his feet to create different song sections, starting, stopping and layering various instruments as he goes.

Following a busy Australian summer of festivals, described as the “best opening to a festival yet!” (Port Fairy Folk Festival), Tom Richardson once again took his music to audiences around the world. Armed with his infectious personality and contagious melodies, Tom singlehandedly entertained audiences from major Canadian festivals, dozens of American and European bars, to highland village tribes in Fiji. Tom heads into 2014 with new solo looping show, a large swag of songs and a guitar case full of stories.

A captivating and interactive live performer, ‘Tom Richardson LIVE’ is set for release in Australia from January 2014, following successful international launch tours throughout the USA, Canada and Europe, working with independent producers and mangers in Los Angeles. The live DVD gives audiences a behind-the-scenes insight into the intricacy of Tom’s unique looping abilities.

Releasing his debut double album ‘Guide Your Ship’ in 2011 with his full band, the Tom Richardson Project, Tom collected numerous national songwriting and blues music awards, including Solo Performer of the Year and Best Debut Album at the Victorian Blues Music Awards, as well Best Emerging Artist awards at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival. He was also fortunate enough to receive the highest number of nominations at the 2012 Australian Blues Music Awards and was a finalist in the Vanda & Young Songwriting competition, Australian Songwriting competition and APRA professional development awards.

While still in his early twenties, having already shared the stage with the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Cold Chisel, The Waifs and You Am I, there are very few Australian festival stages on which Tom hasn’t performed. Often labelled “the talk of the festival”, past appearances include the Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Music Muster, Queenscliff Music Festival, Bridgetown Blues Festival, National Folk Festival and Blues On Broadbeach.

Combining his love of music, travelling and ocean culture, Tom also loves finding the time whilst travelling the world to empower ambitious, wheelchair bound youths through adaptive surfing and skating programs, through the organisations ‘Ocean Healing Group’ and ‘Sharing The Stoke’.

Tracks from each of Tom’s recordings have sparked the interest of radio DJs worldwide, including rotation and interviews on Triple Js ‘Roots N All’ program. Rip Curl surfing documentaries, ABC’s ‘Australian Story’ and many national television programs are also helping spread the word of an exciting artist, captivating both aural, and visual senses of audiences around the globe.

Lyrics

Stone Breakers

Written By: Tom Richardson

Dear Mum, that’s all that it read
And those three little words that made everything OK
I’m going to write this down, my final words
So I can save my breath for what I’ve got to say

They walk me out from these cold grey walls
The sun it hurts my eyes
They say today we’re going to break some stones

Dear Mum, you know they’ve heard what I said
And my years so young for what I’ve seen
I’m going to break these shackles that bind my hands and feet
So you can raise me up for the orange, white and green

They walk me out from these cold grey walls
The sun it hurts my eyes
They say today we’re going to break some stones

This note’s my soul, hold it when it arrives
And keep it close, I’ll be by your side
I’m soon to leave this earth, to walk in the sky
But mother please don’t fret, mother please don’t cry

INSTRUMENTAL

They walk me out from these cold grey walls
The sun it hurts my eyes
They say today we’re going to break some stones
Today, you’re going to die

This note’s my soul, hold it when it arrives
To keep me close, I’ll be by your side
I’m soon to leave this earth, to walk in the sky
But mother please don’t fret, mother please don’t cry

NOTE: The song is written in response to a letter on display in the Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland. The letter was written by a young, 18-year-old Irish man, to his mother, the night before he received the death penalty. The young man faced the firing squad after being found guilty by the British, having been “in possession of weapons”, in the early 1900s. The song is titled after the name of the execution yard, the “Stone Breakers Yard”.

Mumma Says

Written By: Tom Richardson

Mumma always said being lonely is not like being alone
Mumma always said being lonely is not like being alone

But have you ever woken to an unfamiliar bed and wished that you were home

Have you ever seen the sunset in a West Australian sky
Or have you even watched a fire burn to a foreign tongue that makes you want to cry

Or have you ever woken to that unfamiliar bed and wished that you were home

How many times have you seen a shooting star
How many times have you seen that star with no one else around

Have you ever been to four airports in one day, man it’s such a bore
Have you ever found yourself laying your head down upon a stranger’s floor

Or have you ever woken to an unfamiliar bed and wished that you were home
Have you ever woken to an unfamiliar bed and wished that you were home
Have you ever, have you ever, woken up and wished that you were home

How many times have you seen a shooting star
How many times have you seen that star with no one else around

Mumma always said being lonely is not like being alone

Home

Written By: Tom Richardson

Home is the only place I know
Home is the only place I know

If these walls came crumbling down
Could you be my shelter
If the sky opened up
Would you stand with me in the rain

I’m drowning in the water
Won’t you stand close to the edge
Try not to trip and fall
As you throw me a line
Together we’ll be fine

Do you feel like holding onto something
Do you feel like holding onto something
Like home

I’ve got your taste in my mouth
For you I pray
I’m coming closer and closer to home

Evolution

Written By: Tom Richardson

I’ve got a tattoo on my forehead
Saying don’t look back
Black cat crossed my path
But I don’t care about that
Broke two mirrors just trying to
Comb my hair
I’m stepping out the front door
You best beware

You choose your own path
I’m gonna walk my own
You dig your own grave
I’m gonna dig my own
I’ve won the battle
Now I’m looking at the war zone
You live your own life
I’m gonna live my own

I’m going down Lousiana
Get me a mojo hand
Take those little girls
Lead them by the hand
Find a woman so I’m not
On my own
Who rocks me like my back
Ain’t got no bone

Picked up a guitar
When I was two years old
Not gonna put it down
Till the day I’m old
In my time there’s so many
Songs to be sung
So step by step
The evolution has begun

Discography

'Guide Your Ship' LP (2011)
'First Love' DVD - Rip Curl surfing documentary (2010)
'Evolution' LP (2008)
'DeTour' DVD - Tour De France cycling documentary (2008)
'Sounds of the Street' LP - Melbourne City Council compilation (2008)
'Young Guns of Blues' LP - Black Market Music compilation (2007)
'Follow Me' EP (2006)