Tom Jones Tribute

Looking back on some of my Stars in Concert performances! https://youtu.be/dYSZTU2VeMU ...

Wow, my last show was back in late Feb, and I've got to be honest, the last thing I've thought about is performing as there are a lot more important things to worry about. Its not just my own health, its my family's and the people I love dearly that really matter. I had resigned myself back in June that the possibility of now working again may happen and so it takes the pressure off, the stress and worry of no income, I've always tried to not worry about the things I cannot control, so what will be will be, you can't take what I don't have! I feel when we do get back though it will be a very,...

Since the Corona Virus hit us hard in mid March and all the venues and pubs closed down, the virtual reality stars have come out the closet and we now have every man and his dog being an entertainer/singer for the masses, for who ever wants to watch them on FB.  I've seen so many Karaoke men sing longer on FB than they ever have at any gig in their lives, its like a second calling!  That's me being forever the cynic by the way, look I get it, its strange times and you can say and do whatever you want, there will be some who make something from this, like those who never had the bottle to actually get...

So, this year 2020, I am hoping to push on with the live shows , I've got myself a great band together and we are looking to do a small tour later in the year! The band are all really experienced players, we've already done a few gigs together and as a seasoned performer there's nothing quite like it.  I have always played live gigs when I can, especially in the early days around Lancashire and Manchester, there was always a drummer and keyboard player in most venues so I had all of my sets written out for them.  of course with the demise of the club circuit they tended to go more for self contained acts as it was cheaper...

Since moving to Ireland, the one thing that really annoys me an embarrasses me at the same time is the way venue's and agents alike call me the UK's No1 Tom Jones Tribute?  If you look anywhere on this site, you will not see one mention of me thinking I am the best at anything, let alone being a tribute to TJ.  I may say I am 'one of the best' but this to me is a broader reflection on what I have done in the past, the shows I have been in and how other tributes, my peers perceive me and of course how good some of the other TJ's are, and there are some really good ones out...

I have always been the kind of entertainer who will chop and change a set to suit my audience, and never had an ego to say "well this is what I do, so If you don't like it then tough!"  Im of the opinion that for the time that I spend performing on stage, I want it to be a good experience for both of us, entertainer and audience.  This has become a lot easier since I've started the Tom Jones trib because of course, I do all TJ hits and lets be honest, If you come to see me then you already have a pre conceived idea of what I'm going to sing!  That said, when I do a...

I've never been one to chop and change my PA system, I find one I like then I let it pay for itself 100 times over. I had a big rig from Adlib Audio Liverpool for years, It could match anything a band had and as I was doing Tom Jones it gave me that big sound I needed, in fact I worked with many bands who would use my gear at certain gigs. Anyway, as I got older, I realised that carrying bass bins up flights of stairs was not the way forward and so after 15 years, I sold it and bought myself a new smaller PA system. I use the QSC active speaker series and find that...

So last week, I came down with the dreaded lurgy again.   I lost my voice on the Tuesday and had a chest and throat infection, all this with the pressure of 3 shows to get through at the weekend, the first on Friday was in a great hotel, The Limerick City hotel in a venue called McGettigans,. I've never been there before, so I'm always excited to do new places, Saturday was a lovely venue called Sandyford House, I always have a great time there, bit laid back and not as manic as other places but a lovely place to work and Sunday I was at the Shamrock in Finglas.   When Im like this I always put pressure on myself...

Wow, I can't believe how long its been since I last put a blog on my web site, its over 3 years! A lot has happened since, which I will go in to a bit later but first, I want to say a big thank you to my mate Mike Powell who has sorted all the issues out on my web site, such a clever guy as well as being one of the best singers I know, (If you ever hear him doing Scott Walker or Michael Buble then you'll know what I mean) visit his web site on www.mikeypowell.co.uk I am of course still working as TJ, probably more than ever right now but not in the UK.  I now...

Another contract finished! It's 5am and I'm sitting in Tegel airport catching a flight to Brussels then a transfer flight to Manchester to make a 1pm Mothers Day gig in Liverpool. There are no direct flights from Berlin early enough at the weekends. I was still on stage performing 5 hours ago at Berlin's Stars in Concert, my last show was a gala for Subaru, I've been there for the past 4 weeks and I will be glad to get home even though there's no rest for the wicked! After the 2 gigs today, the first, an early show, then it's off in to town for a late show and then it's total rest! I'm taking a week off to...