Tom Baxter and special guest Anne Marie Allen Live at Forge at The Wakes
The Wakes, The Wakes, Theatre Square, Telford, West Midlands, TF2 6EP
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Tom Baxter made his name with such heart-stopping originals as 'better,' 'almost there' and 'day in verona,' and his songs have been covered by much-loved entertainers from dame shirley bassey to boyzone. he's admired by the likes of tom waits, rufus wainwright, gary barlow and actor david schwimmer, and by a steadfast set of fans who've been waiting for word of his next adventure.
While other artists rush so readily to provide the personal information that feeds the beast of self-promotion, tom has kept his counsel, determined to be defined only by his music, and at his own pace. but it has been a tumultuous ten years. he married the longtime girlfriend for whom he wrote the ivor novello award-nominated 'better,' but then endured a divorce and, more recently, was happily remarried. along the way, he lived in devon, travelled to india, los angeles, spain and then brazil, the place that gave him the impetus to write again.
The new album is entirely free of "production camouflage," as he puts it, and is underpinned by 'the ballad of davey graham,' the song he was inspired to write after a request to play at the unveiling of a blue plaque for the great guitar pioneer of the title. in a moment of pure serendipity, davey's partner had written to request tom's contribution because graham was not only an admirer of his, but she revealed that baxter's music was the last that davey had listened to. not that of paul simon, jimmy page or any of the other superstars he had inspired, but tom baxter.
Tom will be supported by
Birmingham-based singer-songwriter inspired by the likes of Valarie June, Ellen Mcllwaine, Tracy Chapman, and Nina Simone. Anne-Marie's lyrics are honest about the human condition, yet her music has an upbeat vibe to keep audiences smiling. Anne-Marie's songs tell stories of freedom, capitalism, and human connection, presenting a lucid lyrical landscape with percussive guitar rhythms. Anne-Marie's debut EP "Intuition" was released in May 2018, presenting a fresh new tone to the original live music scene.