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This is Frank not Tom. Frank is featred in Hound Dog Blues; (he comes from the pound) and is much better looking than his owner. As this site is full of pictures of musos, I thought Frank might make a pleasant change. He doesn't come to Tom's gigs anymore as people got fed up of him stealing their pies and ale.
Tom is one of the most original new artists I have heard in a long time. With his unique approach to guitar and his vocal interpretations of traditional and his original tunes, he has managed to create music that is all his own. His playing and
vocal style comes from that natural place great music comes from - personal expression, honest and right from the heart. The music just flows." Woody Mann.
As a child, Tom first learnt his craft through interpreting what he heard on records and later through watching other guitar players. As an early teenager, Tom had become an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist and recalls playing the Davey Graham tune ‘Angie’ at a school concert. He was, and still is avid listener and admirer of other musicians. Early influences included Renbourn and Jansch, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Big Bill Broonzy and Led Zeppelin.
Tom adopted that same method of interpretation when he devoted time to learning lap slide instruments, finding his music with the tenacity and creativity of a new explorer. This attitude to the instrument has enabled him to develop new and unique techniques for playing slide guitar, with structures and voicing that are instantly recognisable as ‘his’ sound.
“Tom Doughty is possessed of a deep musical soul, that magic link between feeling and movement which makes the slide guitar such an individual instrument. His touch is wide ranging, and his music is full of big feeling. In a world of derivative and imitative slide guitarists, Tom’s sound is unique and special.” Bob Brozman
2009 has seen Tom release his third album ‘Have a Taste of This’ which further showcases his songwriting skills with tracks like ‘Zimbabwe’ and the haunting ‘Nobody’s Fault’. Released to critical acclaim like his first two albums (which have been featured on national radio and played worldwide), ‘Have a Taste of This’ sees another stage in the continuing development of this remarkable musician.
‘Defining Tom as an Acoustic Blues guitarist is too small to convey the range of moods and styles in his playing.’ Jim Gillan, RocknReel Magazine.
Or to put it in the words of Michael Prince in a recent review,
“Tom’s music is organic and free. A must see performer”