Tom MacKenzie

Tom MacKenzie

BandFolkAcoustic

Traditional and original songs and tunes from Appalachia to New England. High energy Contra and Square dance music on Hammered Dulcimer, Banjo, Ukulele and Guitar.

Biography

Tom has been a musician for over 30 years now, travelling most of the United States and more than 20 countries. Well known for his Hammered Dulcimer and Banjo playing, Tom is also a fine writer of songs and budding Ukulele picker. His emphasis is on Appalachian, French Canadian and Gaelic tunes and songs, with a few stories thrown in the mix. At present, Tom is touring full time with the Woods Tea Company but still finds time to perform as a solo at concerts , dances, weddings, schools, workshops and any place where music is needed.

Lyrics

Layers

Written By: Tom MacKenzie

Hope you don't mind if I stay for a while
And share this hole in the ground
Its lonely out there with death everywhere
Laying claim to the souls gathered round

Were you sold on a cause, both moral and just
With trust did you enter the fray
No notion of cost, no mention of loss
No thought for the price to be paid

Did you shout for country
as you rose once more
Or was the cry for mother
as you fell

With the passion of youth I moved to the drum
Adventure it called out my name
Marching in time, trusting the line
Searching for glory and fame

The scene it was set the lines thinly drawn
Old friendships quickly erased
At the end of the game the players remain
Held in eternal embrace

Did I shout for country
as I rose once more
Or was the cry for mother
As I fell

The offer is taken the deal it is done
Lost lessons now slowly entwine
Two sides of a coin two fates ever joined
Tossed on the layers of time

Will we shout for country
as we rise once more
Or will we cry for mother
as we fall

Back in Paradise

Written By: Tom MacKenzie

I REMEMBER PARADISE CLEAR IN MY MIND
HEADED BACK FOR ONE MORE TRY HOPING TO FIND
GOING BACK TO PARADISE WELL ON MY WAY
NEED A PLACE TO REST MY EYES HEAR SOMEONE SAY

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DON’’T GO STOP YOUR WANDEREING
BACK IN PARADISE TO STAY
DON’’T GO STOP YOUR WANDEREING
BACK IN PARADISE TO STAY

DIDN’T KNOW PARADISE WENT LOOKING FOR MORE
I WAS YOUNG AND MUCH TOO WISE SO CLEVER AND SURE
MOVED AWAY FROM PARADISE FOLLOWED THE TIDE
SEARCHING FOR THE BETTER TIMES LORD HOW I TRIED

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NOW I’M BACK IN PARADISE FOUND MY WAY
GOT A PLACE TO REST MY EYES HEAR SOMEONE SAY

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Ghost of Pekin Brook

Written By: Tom MacKenzie

They say the ghost of Pekin Brook
is on the rise once more
A soul is searching for some peace
lost and far from shore

Falling, falling, fading away

Some they claim a murdered man
for mercy he does cry
His hands are raised unto the air
his eyes still wonder why

Falling, falling, fading away

Others swear the sight they've seen
it wears a wedding gown
A look of hope upon her face
her gaze upon the town

Falling , falling, fading away

Time reigns hollow on this night
a blue moon lights the way
Spirits linger holding tight
as bodies turn to clay

Falling, falling, fading away

No one knows the story
No one left to tell
Tides turn and work their magic spell

Falling, falling, fading away

Discography

"Back in Paradise"
"Wake Me When Its Over"
"Second Course"
"Take Two"
"Round the Bend"
"Vermont Sampler"

Set List

45 minute sets 1-3
Songs tunes and stories that are determined by the audience make up. Traditional and original.