Down the Irish Gravel Road
Words&Music Tom Acton comes from Dublin, he is a singer/songwriter/ musician published poet.Whereas his inspiration is rooted in The Irish Tradition and Culture, his musical influences are many and varied, believing that the modern can add to the tradition in Irish music. PRESS SAMPLE REVIEWS BBC: Down The Irish Gravel Road' 14 brilliant songs that spring straight from the heart of Ireland' IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE: Down The Irish Gravel Road' Is an excellent showcase of Tom Acton's considerable songwriting talent and musical ability. FROOTS MUSIC MAG UK: Tom Acton's music has a warm naturalness that is eternally pleasing' LIVING TRADITION UK: 'All in all it is impossible to resist the gentle charm of Tom Acton's music. Tom has played his music for over 20 years, that life time of musical experience he has poured into his new CD: Down The Irish Gravel Road. Taking 4 years to write the 14 original songs on his new CD all pay homage to the great musicians/writers and inspiring places of Ireland. From the 17th century writer Richard Sheridan, to the 20th century traveling musician Johnny Doran. Accompanied by 8 top musicians Tom took the time to hone each song into the way it had to be told. Tom began playing in the folk clubs of Dublin, he then became a rambling Irishman moving across Europe playing his music. In the end of the 80's he set up a folk club in Holland, booking many International top acts, including Derroll Adams from the USA. Unable to stay put for long Tom went on the road with the banjo player gigging across Europe. Gigging with Derroll Adams brought Tom in contact with the great American folk Culture. Derroll has gigged and recorded with Rambling Jack Elliott and in featured in the Bob Dylan Doc: Don't Look Back. In 2001 Tom was invited to read his poetry in The Chamber of Commerce Dublin, after which his poetry was published in an anthology of Irish poets. Some of the poems he inter weaved into songs, and teaming up with award winning musicians recorded Dark River Tumbling, a debut CD of 12 original songs. After the success of Dark River Tumbling, Tom set about write writing for his new CD: Down The Irish Gravel Road was released in August 08. I hope you have as much joy in listening to this CD as Tom did while writing and recording it. Tom Acton: Finalist in BBC launched International song writing competition. REVIEWS: I find Tom Acton's combination of music and poetry just brilliant' Author: Eleanor McEvoy, Ireland's number one female song writer. Writer of best selling album in Irish music history. Author: BBC Folk Roots. Johnny Coppin: 'Tom Acton writes songs as if they've been around for hundreds of years,really great songwriting,considering the quality of the songs, this album will do well' Froots Magazine. UK, 2009.' Down The Irish Gravel Road possesses a warm naturalness that is eternally appetizing coupled with 14 well written songs, this album is a delight to listen to' BBC Review (Down The Irish Gravel Road) '14 truly great songs that spring straight from the heart of Ireland'