Irish Singer/Songwriter Piano Man Tom’s motto has always been to “leave no stone unturned in the quest for musical excellence.” He describes the songs he composes and performs as “story-songs for all the family to enjoy together.”
Tom’s musical tastes span many genres. Two of his biggest influences are Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elton John. Many other artists that have inspired Tom include Frederic Chopin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Father Liam Lawton, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Ludwig van Beethoven, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Phil Coulter, and countless others…
Ballyfin Hotel, Ireland (2015 – Present)
Since returning to Ireland in April 2015, Tom has performed as the resident musician in the world renowned and exclusive Ballyfin Hotel in Co. Laois, Ireland – voted the “No.1 Best Hotel in the World” by the influential American “Conde Nast Magazine” in 2016. Visit www.ballyfin.com to learn more about one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Ballyfin is also the hotel where Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent their honeymoon in 2014.
Cruise Ship Performing (2014-2015)
In 2014, Tom began performing as a singer and pianist with Holland America Cruise line. Working on the ships, Tom has met and entertained thousands of people of all nationalities and he has also got to see hundreds of exotic and interesting destinations all around the world. Tom was also the first person to ever form a church choir on a Holland America cruise ship during a U.S.A. to Europe atlantic crossing in 2014.
First Album – “Handwoven Stories” (2011-2015)
Piano Man Tom spent four years writing, recording, and producing his first album “Handwoven Stories” which was completed in 2015. It is now available to purchase at Tom’s Online Shop or can be downloaded on iTunes.com. “Handwoven Stories” features 12 original songs with Piano Man Tom singing and performing all of the music including lush orchestration, flowing piano music, and one or two strange musical sounds that might surprise the listener.
Second Album – “Make A Wish” (2015-2016)
Tom’s new album “Make A Wish” features 10 songs composed by Tom during 2015 to 2016 after he returned from his seven month world tour performing on Cruise Ships. Tom composed over 60 possible songs for the album and narrowed them down to the final 10 after lots of deliberation. Many of the songs not on the album will be used in future projects Tom is working on like musical productions. “Make A Wish” can be purchased on Amazon.com or iTunes.com.
Live Performances – “Chris’s Journey” (2014)
In addition to his studio work, Piano Man Tom composed a new musical story called “Chris’s Journey” in 2014. The show featured Tom performing a selection of his own original songs along with some well known cover songs from the likes of The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, and many more. “Chris’s Journey” has been performed several times in Ireland, with some of the performances donating all of the proceeds to charities like “Down Syndrome Ireland” and “Pieta House” – a suicide awareness and prevention organization.
“Proud To Be Irish” DVD and “Songs From Ireland” CD (2015)
Written by Piano Man Tom in 2015, “Proud To Be Irish” is a show about an American woman who travels to Ireland to trace her family history and it tells of all the places she and her family visit around the country. Some of the songs featured are audience favourites like When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Galway Bay, Too-ra Loo-ra Loo-ral, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, Danny Boy, and more. All the songs from Tom’s accompanying album “Songs From Ireland” are performed during the show along with live narration, or along with pre-recorded narration set to images of Ireland. A live DVD of the show with a full band, lighting, sound, and film crew was recorded in Ireland in October, 2015. Both the CD and DVD of these Irish songs can be purchased on Tom’s website.
Tom is currently working on three new musicals. The first is a religious musical about Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation Sisters Organisation. Playwright Danny Hyland is collaborating with Tom on this project. The second is another religious musical called “A Mighty Catch” which is an ongoing project with lyricist Buddy Sutton, began in 2012. The third musical that Tom is working on is currently in its planning stages and more information will be available in the near future. This third project will not have a religious theme. Tom hopes to have one, two, or all of these projects completed by 2018.
RTE Television – The Brittas Mass
Tom also has a keen interest in composing and performing religious music with choirs and during the years 2010 – 2013, he worked on composing the music for a new mass setting which he called “The Brittas Mass.” Additional text for the mass was added by Irish lyricist Buddy Sutton. The mass was performed live on Ireland’s number one television station, RTE One, on July 21st, 2013. Tom worked as musical director and pianist for the live broadcast. Youtube Video
RTE Television – St. Michael’s Celebration
The newest mass setting composed by Tom is dedicated to St. Michael’s Church in Portarlington, Co. Laois, Ireland, the town where Tom grew up. It was broadcast live on RTE One television on Sunday, October 30th, 2016. Youtube Video
Other Past Work
(2004 – 2014) Private piano teacher
(2004 – 2014) Piano accompanist with singers at concerts, parties, weddings, funerals, and other occasions
(2008 – 2013) Resident pianist in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly, Ireland
(2010 – 2014) Pianist with the Portlaoise Gospel Choir and Tipperary Gospel Choir (Also website designer and online PR manager)
(2010 – 2015) Choir director and pianist with several choirs in Ireland and one choir that was formed during an Atlantic crossing on a Holland America Cruise Ship
(2011 – Present) Independent recording engineer and music producer