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Photo: Norfolk Virgina
To celebrate my seventy-eighth birthday (and encouraged by the phenomenal success of Nathan Evans’ version of The Wellerman; and consequent upsurge in the popularity of sea-shanties) I’m pleased to announce a new ‘shanty’, specifically designed to encourage and proliferate communal singing … so do, please, sing along!
This is A SHANTY FOR SINGING.

Check out my Facebook page to find a video of my new song - accompanied by the amazing Seadogs (of California). A download of this song may be purchased from Bandcamp for $3.00 US. All monies raised by purchases of this song will be donated to the charity: GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; which helps vaccinate almost half the world’s children against serious diseases. If you purchase this (or any other recordings) from Bandcamp on the first Friday of the month, Bandcamp waives all artist fees.

Tom's new double CD 'Demand Performance'  - featuring one 'live' CD with seven extended tracks (you KNOW how he is prone to witter on) to compensate for the lack of genuine live performance; plus a second CD with eleven studio-recorded tracks - is now available. Downloads of all Tom's albums can be purchased from Bandcamp.

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 78, Tom would still be touring widely if circumstances permitted. However, he has finally accepted the boon that zoom can provide – even if it is a pale imitation of a hearty pub-sing, so he is starting to partake in numerous musical sessions online, taking his brand of wry humour, his nautical knowledge, and his powerful voice - all of which he loves to share - to audiences everywhere. We will be updating his tour schedule as and when these events transpire.

Tom has developed several workshops over the years; his latest, which premiered on Maritime Folknet on Saturday March 20th 2021,  is entitled ‘The Evolution of the Sea Shanty’ – and also featured the first public performance of A SHANTY FOR SINGING. This will shortly be available on you-tube.

Other workshops Tom presents include '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 Tawney'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.

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.

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.