St Leonards based musician Tom Williams is playing a rare, but very welcome, hometown gig at The Printworks, in Hastings, on Friday, 23rd November.
Support on the night comes from Mike Wilton, of the Standard Lamps, who have supported The Who in recent years, and Bev Lee Harling.
Tickets are going fast, so check out the link below to secure yours.
For the uninitiated Tom Williams has been plying his trade as a guitarist, singer/songwriter for around 10 years now.
During those years he’s played at the Glastonbury, Latitude, and Green Man festivals, as well as touring the UK on several occasions.
His first band, Tom Williams and The Boat, were formed in Tunbridge Wells at that time.
The band released a couple of very well received albums, which were played on BBC Radio by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and Cerys Matthews.
They even played some gigs with Adele, during the early part of her career, but sadly Tom Williams and The Boat’s career path took a slightly different turn to Adele’s.
Turning solo, Tom has produced several albums including the acoustic duo of ‘New Guitar’ and ‘New House’, which were written after he relocated to St Leonards a few years ago.
Next it was a return to working with a full band, and their related instruments, when Tom recorded an album with music tech students who he came across during some ‘artist in residence’ sessions he was doing.
The resulting album, 'All Change’, was voted Number 9 in BBC 6 Music's Top 10 albums of 2017, which is quite some accolade.
For his latest album Tom Williams has managed to secure the services of Tim Rice-Oxley, the main songwriter and keyboard player with Keane.
The new album was produced by Tim Rice-Oxley at his studio nestled in the South Downs, near Eastbourne.
Several of the songs were written at the studio during some intensive song writing sessions, and as has been the case recently, some of those songs were inspired by and written about the Hastings area.
We've been lucky enough to have heard a couple of tracks from the album, and are happy to report that they're right up to Tom's usual high standards.
The first single from that new album will be released on Tuesday of next week, just before Tom’s short UK tour starts.
Listen out for it on BBC 6 Music, as I have no doubt it will be getting some airplay there.
The album, the title of which has yet to be decided, will follow in March or April 2019, preceded by another single early in the new year.
Apart from their appearance in Hastings, Tom and his band, will be playing gigs in Huddersfield, Stockton On Tees, Guildford, Southampton and St Albans during late November.
Maybe this new album will be the one that finally gives Tom Williams the success he’s been so close to over recent years, we certainly hope so.
It’s about time.
To find out what all the fuss is about get down to The Printworks on 23rd November.
We'll see you there.
Sadly Tom has had to postpone the Hastings gig, and the short Uk tour, due to ill health.
Please check his website, link below, for the re-scheduled dates.
Find out more about Tom at: tomwilliamsmusic.net
For gig tickets go to: wegottickets.com/event/