Tom Portman Bio 2016
Irish multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer and deft songwriter Tom Portman plays Dobro, National, acoustic/electric guitar, Fiddle & other strings.
Over the past decade he has been a consistent eclectic and prolific force in Irish music. With 4 solo albums to his name, there’s a wide range to his work – from the Blues, Irish melodies through bluegrass to Indian ragas. The Journey (2007), At One (2011), Float Your Blues Away (2013) and his latest multi instrumental release White Crow (2015).
With a musicianship appreciated by many artists, he’s supported the likes of Eric Bibb and Preston Reed and has performed alongside a long list of musical greats from Brother Dege, Roesy, Charis, Peader King, John Conneely, Magda Piscorczyk (PL) to John Smith (UK). A long list of album collaborations offers a testament to his versatility.
Tom’s music is becoming renowned both in Ireland and abroad. The last years saw him tour extensively across Europe and as far away as India with a plethora of acts in tandem with his own captivating one-man shows. This includes playing Dobro and Lapsteel on European tours for Louisiana slide player Dege Legg who’s music featured in Tarranino’s film ‘Django Unchained’.
‘A softly spoken singer songwriter who can sing the blues with the best …his guitar was an extension of himself. ..a spirit of true Irish blues throughout his work… Adrian Lavelle, Spirit of Voice
‘Sounds great; very interesting chord lines and use of space’. Guitarist, Dennis Cahil
‘Fascinating…he absolutely captivated me’ John Richards, Galway Bay FM
All 4 of Tom’s solo albums; The Journey (2007), At One (2011), Float Your Blues Away (2013) and his latest release, White Crow (2015) are self-released and available through this website or at concerts.
In addition Portman teaches instrumental classes in Galway through the GTI and ‘Maoin Ceol’ School of Music and has given Dobro and Guitar workshops in the Belfast Metropolitan College, Galway Access Music Project and at the Krakow Blues Festival.