Had an absolute treat of a concert a few nights ago in ‘die gitarre’ in Wintertuhr, Switzerland. Wonderful hosts and audience. So appreciative and a total pleasure to play for. To top it all they let me use a Brass and Woodbody National guitars for the concert plus a Santa Cruz finger pickers guitar. The shop has an amazing range of Classical, Steel String, Resonator Guitars and amps, it’s like heaven! Having played the night before in the Black Gate in Galway for Josh Johnsons album launch of the ‘Art of Saving Lives’ a 2am bus yesterday and playing Secret Garden on Tuesday no wonder I’m a little slow but content today!
After a few months of lots of local gigs, teaching and writing everything’s about to kick off again. Was out playing on Inis Bofin on Saturday and then back to Galway to play the Twelve in Barna last night. Just finished a great night at the Roisin Duphh with the wonderful John Conneely Inc. Super vibe, super players and a super audience. What more can you ask for on a Sunday night.
From Thursday the 5th of May I’m off on tour for 2 weeks playing with Grammy nominated Brother Dege from Louisiana. I’ll also be doing supports for the shows. Can’t wait!
Thursday the 5th of May in the Spiritstore, Dundalk.
Friday 6th May, the Brewery Corner in Kilkenny.
Sunday 8th May, Crane Lane in Cork.
9th May Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham, U.K.
10th May’s in the Royal Clark, Bath, UK.
11th May, Brixton Windmill Theatre, UK.
After that it’s over to France, Belgium and Holland. From the 13th to 21st. Details up shortly.
Wonderful last week to play at the Galway Guitar Night, it’s just great to play for such an appreciative audience and to have the opportunity to play an acoustic set. Loved hearing Megacone’s music with their 7th string guitars and tight arrangements, it’s like Ozric Tenticles meets Flash Gordan epic space adventures. Jake Curran was a real pleasure too, great tone, jazzy blues grooves and a fab rhythm section too top it off.
As for me at the moment, I’m busy teaching, practicing and writing and planning the year ahead. I’ve a few tours in the pipe line and some new recordings to finish off and get ready to release. Last year it was great o be involved in so many projects. I recorded on the Murmurations Album with John Conneely and Peader King, We Banjo 3’s live album, some other session work was released too and of course the biggy I finished and released ‘White Crow’ my fourth solo album which was a big and fun undertaking. Another lovely project on too was with Peader King for an album Notre Dame University playing more Traditional music and finishing off with a concert in Kylemore Abbey. It was great last year to play the Suwalki Blues festival in Poland with my Trio and do 2 tours with Brother Dege playing in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and Luxumbourg. It was a blast to being playing in so many great places with good people. Who know’s where this year will bring me to play, I’ll keep you posted. As for this weekend I’m playing the Twelve this weekend on Sunday, might even bring out the Mandolin as it’s Valentines day and then head for a jam with the wonderful John Conneely Inc. in the Roisin Duph’s afterwards for great gig, jam and vibe.
Having fun in Holland with Brother Dege and heading to Germany on Thursday, playing Volt in Sittard tonight, somehow it seems to be missing from the list below. The gigs are fun, the foods good, people are friendly and wow these places are so set up for cycling. We could learn a lot from the Dutch in Ireland about dedicated cycle paths and public transport…..Whole family’s on bikes, amazing…
BROTHER DEGE & THE BROTHERHOOD: FALL 2015 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
5.11.15 DB’s Utrecht
6.11.15 Zwarte Ruiter Den Haag
7.11.15 Strudelfest Hoofddorp
8.11.15 Tam Tam Deurne
10.11.15 Volt, Sittard
12.11.15 Karlsruhe – JUBEZ 20
13.11.15 Marsberg http://www.kult-ag.de/
14.11.15 Garching – Bluesnight, Bürgerhaus 20
15.11.15 Helmbrechts – Textilmuseum 20
16.11.15 Ludwigshafen – BASF Gesellschaftshaus 20
17.11.15 Fulda – Kulturkeller 20
18.11.15 Hamburg – Downtown Bluesclub 20
http://www.eventcenter-hamburg.de, 040 275056
19.11.15 Wilhelmshaven – Pumpwerk 20
20.11.15 Isernhagen – Blues Garage 21
http://www.bluesgarage.de, 0511/8667 1557
21.11.15 Neustadt am Rübenberge – Mensa der KGS 20
22.11.15 Bremerhaven – Pferdestall 20
24.11.15 Bad Aibling – Internationales Gitarrenfestival, Kurhaus (kleiner Saal) 20
26.11.15 Bad Homburg – KUZ Englische Kirche
27.11.15 L-Dudelange – Bluesfestival, Opderschmelz
http://www.opderschmelz.lu, 00352 47 0895 1
28.11.15 Nagold – Alte Seminarturnhalle 20
Delighted to announce samples of my new album ‘White Crow’ are available to listen on Reverb Nation. https://www.reverbnation.com/tomportman
If you follow the links from the the tracks the album is available through this web site for download. Alternatively you can go straight to https://www.tomportmanmusic.com/product/tom-portman-white-crow
If you want a hard copy contact me at https://www.tomportmanmusic.com/contactor I’m selling them at gigs on the road.
“If it has strings, Portman can play them. Not only play them but bend them, scratch them, shape ’em and mould them into a collage of beauty. This latest is a gorgeous collection of magical soundscapes that take the listener to other places – this is a melting pot of Americana, Irish trad, world and the magical. There’ll surely be plenty of airings on Blue of the Night
CARL CORCORAN Presenter, Blue of the Night, RTE Lyric FM.
About to fly out to Germany for three weeks on tour with Brother Dege from Louisiana. Really looking forward to it. Looks like he’s having a blast over in the UK at the moment. Check out the tour dates below.https://www.facebook.com/brotherdegelegg
02.05.15 Stuhr – Ratssaal 20 oo
04.05.15 Hatzenbühl – Da Angelo 20 oo
05.05.15 Bramsche – Filmtheater Universum 20 oo
06.05.15 Heiligenhaus – Der Club 20 oo
08.05.15 Fürstenfeldbruck – Veranstaltungsforum 20 oo
09.05.15 Bitburg – Eröffnung Kultursommer, Open-Air-Bühne auf dem Spittel 19 3o
präsentiert von SWR 1 (mit Albert Hammond, Dege 19 3o),
10.05.15 Langenfeld – Schauplatz 16 3o
12.05.15 Kaiserslautern – Kammgarn, Cotton Club 20 oo
13.05.15 Langenau – Pfleghof 20 oo
http://www.pfleghof-langenau.de, 07345 9622 143
14.05.15 CH-Aarau – KIFF
15.05.15 A-Hard – Kammgarn 20 3o
16.05.15 Oelsnitz/Vogtl. – Katharinenkirche 20 oo
18.05.15 Ingolstadt – KKB Neue Welt 20 3o
19.05.15 Waldkraiburg – Haus der Kultur 20 oo
20.05.15 Wetzlar – Franzis 20 oo
21.05.15 Unna – Lindenbrauerei 20 oo
22.05.15 Torgau – Kulturbastion 21 oo
Delighted to be playing the the first “Dublin Guitar Night” of 2015 on Tuesday 27th January at JJ Smyth’s in Dublin. The line up: Nigel Mooney’s “Organ Failure” w/ Scott Flanigan (organ) and Dominic Mullan (drums); my self on Dobro/Guitar and ; The Johnny Reynolds Band w/Jim McGill (drums) and Ronan Burns (bass) . This promises to be yet another great night of guitar music. See ya there…Doors at 8pm, Music at 8.30pm. Adm 10 euro
Time for some original tunes with a touch of the Blues and early Rock and Roll, Connollys Bar, Kinvara this Saturday at 10pm. Before hand I’ll be doing support for Brian Flemming show Have Yis No Homes To Go To in Johnstons Hall, Kinvara at 8.30pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/693542660687726/