Ahoy there - and welcome to Tom's home page.

Photo: Norfolk
Tom is renowned for composing 'The Last Shanty' (A Sailor Ain't A Sailor), ''Sailor's Prayer' (Send Down A Dove), 'Legend' (Marching Inland), plus many other contemporary songs of the sea that have become folk standards, sung by more than 40 groups around the world.

At the age of 76, Tom is still touring widely, taking his brand of wry humour, his nautical knowledge, and his powerful voice - all of which he loves to share - to audiences everywhere. He is very happy to correspond with his listeners, and finds deep gratification in enthusing others. When the opportunity arises, Tom also performs with five wonderful Polish musicians, QFTRY. Together they form POLES APART, combining innovative arrangements and harmonies into a very special show.

At the Festival du Chant de Marin in Paimpol in August 2019, Tom met up with two different North American families who had had that festival on their 'bucket list' for over 20 years, ever since Tom had regaled them with details of his first performance there in 1999. Their pleasure was evident.

Tom is currently touring '75 years in 75 minutes' - a humerous and musical look at the journey which took him from war-torn Belfast to service in diesel submarines in the Royal Navy, to the mountains of British Columbia and back to the canals and waterways of UK and Ireland. All illustrated with suitable stories and songs.

He has also developed a workshop about the songs of Cyril Tawney, entitled 'Cyril Said It All Before - But What Did He Mean?' This is an hour of reflections and explanations of the now arcane lyrics in Cyril's wonderful songs from a fellow diesel submariner. This compliments his much acclaimed workshop on the songs of Stan Rogers, which Tom has presented at many festivals over the last five years.

Please explore this website, check out Tom's touring schedule, reviews, songbook, CDs and POLES APART - and drop Tom a line at tom@tomlewis.net if you feel so inclined.