Big Tom

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Big Tom
Portrait of Singer Big Tom (Nov 2004).jpg
Big Tom in 2004
Background information
Birth name Tom McBride
Also known as Big Tom
Born (1936-09-18) 18 September 1936 (age 78)
Origin Castleblayney, County Monaghan, Ireland
Genres Country, Irish, Easy Listening
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, saxophone
Years active 1966 – present
Associated acts Big Tom and The Mainliners
Notable instruments
Guitar

Tom McBride (born 18 September 1936), also known as Big Tom, is an Irish country music singer, guitarist, and saxophone player. Established since 1966, he is currently front man of the Irish showband Big Tom and The Mainliners. He is affectionally known as 'Ireland's king of country music'

Recent life[edit]

  • 2000 – Big Tom underwent a nodule operation on his throat.
  • September 2004 – Big Tom was reported to have been in a list of Irish tax evaders.[1]
  • 8 July 2005 – A plaque[2] was erected by the local community in Big Tom's home village.
  • November 2006 – Big Tom suffered a sudden heart attack at the age of 70,[3] this had put doubt into whether he would ever tour again with his band.
  • 1 February 2008 – Big Tom began a 12 date tour of Ireland[4] after doctors gave him the all clear.
  • 24 March 2008 – Big Tom performed at Castlebar's TF Ballroom's final farewell night (in its current guise) but he was reported to have taken ill on stage[5] during the performance.
  • 25 May 2008 – Big Tom performed for the closure night of the Galtymore dance hall in Cricklewood, London.[6]
  • 27 July 2008 – Big Tom was headline act at London's Irish Festival.[7]
  • 23 November 2008 – Big Tom headlined the Claremorris dance festival weekend.
  • July 2009 – K-MAC Records announce more dates in Ireland for Big Tom and the Mainliners which commence August 2009.
  • 14 Aug to 13 September 2009 – Successful tour of Ireland with large attendances to venues. The highlight being the Glencarn Hotel in Tom's home town Castleblayney where the concert was packed to capacity. The tour ended in Ennis with fans travelling many miles to see Tom and the band. Two days after the end of the tour the band's Trombone player and vocalist Cyril McKevitt died of a heart attack.
  • 8 November 2009– Big Tom will be back in Claremorris to headline the Michael Cummins Dance weekend.
  • 2010 Big TOM announces an extensive series of tour dates
  • 2011–present Tom and the band continue to perform with sporadic appearances.

Other details[edit]

Big Tom suffers from a fear of flying, in 1980 he undertook a sea voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to record his Blue Wings album in Nashville.

Hit songs[edit]

Big Tom has hit the Top Ten numerous times in the pop charts of Ireland:[8]

Title and position reached Entry Date Artist credited
Gentle Mother 7 30 January 1967 Big Tom and The Mainliners
Old Log Cabin for Sale 4 21 October 1967
The Sunset Years of Life 3 23 July 1970
Broken Marriage Vows 1 19 February 1972
I Love You Still 1 4 January 1973
Old Love Letters 1 16 May 1974
Four Country Roads 5 16 May 1981 Big Tom
Streets of Dublin City 7 15 November 1981
If I Needed You 10 18 March 1984
Jealous Heart 9 7 April 1984

Discography[edit]

Vinyl albums[edit]

Prior to 1990 all of Big Tom's audio music releases (over 20 albums) were on vinyl record (or cassette) and are now out of print. Since 1990 the release format became CD (or cassette).

Title Artist credited Year Record Label Issue Code
The All Time Hits of Big Tom and The Mainliners Emerald GES1051
Little Bit of Country and Irish 1969 GES1076
From Ireland 1970 GES1077
I'll Settle For Old Ireland 1971 GES1102
Requests! 1972 Denver DEB102
Image of Me DNV 2
Ashes of Love DNV 3
Smoke Along The Track DNV 4
Souvenirs 1975 DNV 5
When The Roses Bloom Again Big Tom & The Travellers 1975 DNV 6
Travel On 1977 DNV 7
I Would Like To See You Again 1978 DNV 8
At The Irish Festival 1979 DNV 9
Blue Wings Big Tom 1980 DNV 10
Four Country Roads Big Tom & The Travellers 1981 DNV 11
Songs From Home and Faraway 1982 DNV 12
DNV 14
Teardrops in the Snow 1985 DNV 15
Around Ireland 1986 DNV 16

Compilation Vinyl albums[edit]

Title Artist credited Year Record Label Issue Code
Favourites 1980 K-Tel KLP55
The Heart of Country Music Denver
King of Country Music – Volume 1
King of Country Music – Volume 2
King of Country Music – Volume 3
King of Country Music – Volume 4
King of Country Music – Volume 5
King of Country Music – Volume 6
Hits by the Dozen DEB105

CD albums[edit]

The CD releases typically contain tracks which were previously issued on vinyl, however those marked * consist all tracks newly recorded and those marked ** consist of some tracks newly recorded. The 20 Golden Greats CD may be discontinued as all tracks have been reissued on latter CDs.
The Greatest Hits CD includes two tracks taken from the Live at the Glencarn Hotel video. The Live at The Galtymore CD is solely the soundtrack from the video of same name recorded in 1991.
It is intended by Big Tom's record company to reissue all vinyl tracks on to CD releases.

Title Artist credited Year
Today ** Big Tom and The Mainliners c.1990
Greatest hits c.1991
20 Golden Greats 1992
Out on Their Own * 1993
The Sweetest Gift * 1995
Songs I Like To Sing Big Tom c.1996
25 Golden Greats 1996
Souvenirs c.1998
Blue Wings (In Nashville) c.1999
The Irish Collection 1999
The Very Best of Irish Country 1999
Smoke Along The Track c.2000
When The Roses Bloom Again 2002
The Same Way You Came In ** Big Tom with Seamus McMahon 2005
Teardrops in the Snow Big Tom April 2007
Around Ireland ** March 2008
Ashes of Love Big Tom and The Mainliners August 2009
Four Country Roads Big Tom and The Travellers August 2009
The Image of Me Big Tom and The Mainliners August 2009
Requests August 2009
Live at The Galtymore June 2010
I am an Island * November 2010
Songs From Home & Faraway Big Tom October 2011
Travel On Big Tom and The Travellers October 2012
Lonesome at Your Table Big Tom and the Mainliners April 2013

The Ultimate Collection vol.1 Big Tom Due April 2014

Tom has also recorded a duet track in 2009 with Frank Nelson:[9] Treasured Memories which is featured on Frank's album of the same name.

Videos/DVDs[edit]

  • Live at the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney
  • Live at the Galtymore, London
  • In Concert at the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen
  • The Sweetest Gift
  • The Very Best of (Compilation)
  • Back to Castleblayney, Live
  • Galtymore 2004, Live
  • Live in Birmingham and Manchester
  • Live in Castlebar 2008 (featuring The London Irish Festival)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singer Big Tom among tax dodgers in €30m settlements – National News, Frontpage. Independent.ie. Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
  2. ^ K-MAC Records at the Wayback Machine (archived 13 July 2011)
  3. ^ BreakingNews.ie – 2006/11/14: Big Tom recovering well after heart surgery. Archives.tcm.ie (14 November 2006). Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
  4. ^ The Royal Theatre, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland[dead link]
  5. ^ The Mayo News – Big Tom takes ill. Mayonews.ie (1 April 2008). Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
  6. ^ news : (Irish News). The Irish World. Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
  7. ^ London Irish Festival – Music Acts[dead link]
  8. ^ The Irish Charts – All there is to know. Irishcharts.ie (1 October 1962). Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
  9. ^ Big Tom report in the Mayo News. Mayonews.ie. Retrieved on 16 November 2011.

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