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Listen again to the great Ralph McLean chatting to Hub founder Rob Ellen on BBC Radio Ulster about his quest to encourage concerts in peoples own homes, when the Medicine Show toured Ireland this year with Chuck Hawthorne and Libby Koch (featuring interview and session with them too) 35 minutes into the show.(click picture)

 

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I am an independant artist with little-to-no love of managers, labels and the music industry in general as I have known it these last 10 years. I spent my 20s years touring with big Rock and Roll acts such as Razorlight, The Killers and Depeche mode and now I make my own records and have a small label to release my material. I have two amazing children now and am at a stage where I have realised that all I ever wanted out of all that dream chasing was to make music, have people actually listen and earn a few bob whilst doing it... hence why House Shows suit me so well.

Have a look at www.tombillington.co.uk.

I have a new album out on 13th February and here's a little about it... and me.


Tom Billington is a seasoned singer songwriter who spent almost a decade fronting highly rated Indie band Mohair. Touring with the likes of Razorlight and Depeche Mode on both sides of the Atlantic and playing every major UK festival. They released their debut album Small Talk in 2006 and experienced first-hand the joys and plaudits that go with playing with a band making waves.

The band split in 2008 and Tom is already well down a new road, as he builds his portfolio of talents to embrace writing music for TV, film, theatre and circus, education and… oh yes - and he’s created two solo albums (and two children!) in the last two years!

Released this month, on his own label Daddy Max Records, “As Luck Would Have It” is his second outing as a solo artist and is an instantly engaging collection of clever, memorable melodies and lyrics that ooze with emotional sophistication. It draws from the more acoustic, folk and Americana end of his record collection as he mixes the influences of Bob Dylan’s lyrical complexity with James Taylor’s flowing gentle tunes, Simon and Garfunkle’s harmonies and Neil Young's gritty realism. The songs are catchy, lyrical, full of hooks but emotionally unusual and sometimes outright funny with clever - and sometimes complex, plays on words.

The album utilises the skills of the many wonderful musicians he has met along the way from classical, rock and folk roots including Joe Cooper (drums - Morcheeba, David Byrne), Anna Jenkins (violin - The Unthanks, Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo), Tim Steggals (Cello - Sting, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) Judy Manning (viola - BBC Concert Orchestra), Andrew McCrorie Shand (Piano and Accordion - Druid, Curved Air) and the vocals of sisters The Staves, lifelong friends who are themselves causing a stir in the music world.

Recorded mostly live in just four days, some of the sonic layers were captured by turning up at the homes of his various musical cohorts armed with a laptop and a handful of mics to collect spontaneous contributions. This included crashing a rehearsal of his mother’s 36 piece women’s choir!
This is a true solo project. Tom is writer, performer, producer, arranger, artwork designer, label, website builder, press officer, agent and tour manager and for Tom, when it comes to getting the album heard, without record company marketing budgets, you have to “…do what you can and dare to be different to be the artist you want to be.”

“The music industry is a different place to when I was in a 'real band'. Artists like me face an increasingly uncertain future. How do you get people to part with a tenner for your CD when the same money will buy them Spotify for a month with all the music in the world... ever”

One of Tom’s answers is to perform the album live, taking his music directly into peoples’ homes, creating really unique evenings, in kitchens, living rooms, hallways and conservatories up and down the country.

“Playing concerts in people’s houses has been amazing. It started by accident: A favour for a friend led to further invitations and suddenly the idea blossomed. It’s all very civilized … something to eat and drink and everyone gets involved… a unique experience for everyone.”

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Album out today... more House shows added

Hello House concert folk

My album 'As Luck WOuld Have It' comes out on iTunes and Spotify etc. today.

As a self releasing, do-it-all-yourself kinda guy, I need all the help I can get... please share me if you like me!

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Posted on February 13, 2012 at 11:46

New video, new album and house tour preparations

Hello House Concert people...

I'm very new here and keen to get stuck in and involved. I have been doing house shows for a while and looking for gigs in the UK March, April and May.

I have a new album out 13th Feb. Have a look at www.tombillington.co.uk

And this is the new video, released today …

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Posted on February 2, 2012 at 12:00

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