Tom Mcrae

Tom Mcrae

Tom Mcrae Quick Links

Music RSS

Tom McRae - Revelation, Ashford 9.03.2018 Live Review


'I told myself that I would never dress in black and stand in front of a slightly bored congregation in church', was how Tom Mcrae described the situation he found himself in as he performed at Revelation St Mary's, in Ashford. The son of two vicars, and now a family of three as his sister has also become a woman of the cloth, stood alone with no Standing Band behind him. McRae delivered an acoustic solo gig with just a drum stick, a tambourine, a few guitars and a loop pedal as he enthralled the crowd before him.

Tom McRae - Revelation, Ashford 9.03.2018 Live Review

Astrid Williamson, formally of Goya Dress, played support ahead of her Union Chapel gig the following day. Her set seemed to have a certain fluidity to it as she added tracks in, after she'd time checked just how long she had left. Astrid's crisp Scottish vocal suited the acoustics of her surroundings brilliantly as she performed alternately with guitar and keyboard. Two songs lifted from the close of her 2009 album, 'Here Come The Vikings' worked particularly well in the ecclesiastical venue. The reflective refrain of 'Eve' and the resigned realisation of the overall more optimistic 'The Stars Are Beautiful' were played out note-perfect to the captivated audience.

With no backing band to enhance the evening, Tom McRae was left to perform an acoustic solo set; just him, his instruments, his artistry and his undoubted charm. The pair (he and Astrid) had missed the chance to perform the previous week as the show in Guildford was snowed off (even though Astrid had honoured her Travelodge booking as she didn't want to waste it!) but Tom was match fit and on top form all night. He wasn't there to deliver a sermon but he did litter the evening with some great anecdotes. 'I did a TEDx talk. Usually it's to do with technology, or exciting a generation of start ups. The guy that was organising it said, so Tom, what are you talking about? I said I'm going to talk about how hard song writing is. I'm going to say it's easy and then I'm going to twist it and say it's hard and I'm going to come up with seven fundamental truths about song writing. He said, Oh, that's cool. Last week we had someone in who basically cured Ebola, but have a good one. I felt very proud.'

Continue reading: Tom McRae - Revelation, Ashford 9.03.2018 Live Review

Tom McRae, The Alphabet Of Hurricanes Album Review


Review of Tom Mcrae's album The Alphabet of Hurricanes released through Cooking Vinyl.

Former Foyles book store employee and ex City Of London Poly Politics & Government graduate, born in Chelmsford to not one, but two, vicars who just happens to have a messiah complex and slightly obsessive fly fishing flight of fancy releases his fifth studio album after 3 years of creative toil. Tom McRae, the forty something Essex boy who relocated to the gold paved streets of London to star in bands as enticingly titled as 'Ministers Of Orgasm' and 'Raising Cain' has been both Mercury and Brit Award Nominated. 'The Alphabet Of Hurricanes' is the latest release from the well travelled Mr McRae who has now settled back down in the capital after spells in LA and New York. (The Americans are big fans of his work).

Some time chorister Tom is a well respected singer-songwriter with a growing fan base and loyal following. His song writing quality has even been compared to both Nick Cave and Tom Waits! The poet Simon Armitage has taken time out to tell us just how good Tom McRae is and why we should be listening to his music. The records Tom makes, he says, have 'unapologetic intelligence in a world where popular music has pawned its soul to the television schedules.'

Continue reading: Tom McRae, The Alphabet Of Hurricanes Album Review

Tom McRae, Set The Story Straight, EP Review


Tom Mcrae
Set The Story Straight
EP Review

Continue reading: Tom McRae, Set The Story Straight, EP Review

Tom Mcrae

Tom Mcrae Quick Links

Music RSS

Occupation

Musician


Suggested

Upcoming Releases: The pick of March's music that we're all set to be haring after

Upcoming Releases: The pick of March's music that we're all set to be haring after

As life gets one step closer to normality for those affected by the impact of the CoVID19 pandemic we take a look forward to what's fresh, new and...

February 2021 favourites: We took our Medicine At Midnight but still succumbed to Death By Rock and Roll and Carnage!

February 2021 favourites: We took our Medicine At Midnight but still succumbed to Death By Rock and Roll and Carnage!

The normally uneventful month of February saw a lot more activity than the norm as 2021 saw significant signs of hope and optimism begin to appear.

Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins Album Review

Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins Album Review

Maximo Park return with their first full length studio album in nearly four years as they release 'Nature Always Wins'.

Advertisement
Lost Horizons - In Quiet Moments Album Review

Lost Horizons - In Quiet Moments Album Review

Yes, I know, it's far too early to call out contenders for the Top Ten Albums of 2021 but, if 'In Quiet Moments' by Lost Horizons doesn't feature...

Maisie Peters - John Hughes Movie Video

Maisie Peters - John Hughes Movie Video

Maisie Peters first release of 2021, 'John Hughes Movie', is as an inspired, individual and thought provoking concept that showcases the singers ever...

Wolf Alice - The Last Man On Earth Video

Wolf Alice - The Last Man On Earth Video

Wolf Alice make a long awaited return ahead of the release of their third album with a new single and video, 'The Last Man On Earth'.

Tom Odell - numb Video

Tom Odell - numb Video

Tom Odell returns with new song, 'numb', his first single in nearly two years.

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews