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Big Tom in November 2004
|Birth name||Tom McBride|
|Also known as||Big Tom|
|Born||18 September 1936|
Castleblayney, Monaghan, Ireland
|Died||17 April 2018 (aged 81)|
Drogheda, Louth, Ireland
|Associated acts||Big Tom and The Mainliners|
With a career spanning over five decades, he started his career in 1966 as the frontman of the Irish showband Big Tom and The Mainliners.
On 1 February 2008, Big Tom began a 12-date tour of Ireland after doctors gave him the all clear. On 25 May, Big Tom performed for the closure night of the Galtymore dance hall in Cricklewood, London. On 27 July, Big Tom was the headline act at London's Irish Festival. On 23 November, Big Tom headlined the Claremorris Dance Festival weekend. In July 2009, K-MAC Records announced more dates in Ireland for Big Tom and the Mainliners which commenced in August. From 14 August to 13 September 2009, Big Tom ran a successful tour of Ireland with large attendances[clarification needed] to venues. The highlight was the Glencarn Hotel in Tom's hometown Castleblayney where the concert was packed to capacity. The tour ended in Ennis, Clare, with fans travelling many miles to see Big 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.
In 2010, Big Tom announced an extensive series of tour dates. From 2011 until his death in 2018, Big Tom and his band continued to perform with sporadic appearances.
In 2000, Big Tom underwent a nodule operation on his throat. In November 2006, Big Tom suffered a sudden heart attack at the age of 70, which had put doubt into whether he would ever tour again with his band. on 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 during the performance.
|Title||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|
|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|
|I'll Settle For Old Ireland||1971||GES1102|
|Image of Me||DNV 2|
|Ashes of Love||DNV 3|
|Smoke Along The Track||DNV 4|
|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|
|Teardrops in the Snow||1985||DNV 15|
|Around Ireland||1986||DNV 16|
Compilation Vinyl albums
|Title||Artist credited||Year||Record label||Issue code|
|The Heart of Country Music||Denver|
|King of Country Music – Volume 1||Big Tom||1977||BT1|
|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|
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.
|Today **||Big Tom and The Mainliners||c.1990|
|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|
|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|
|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 also recorded a duet track in 2009 with Frank Nelson: Treasured Memories which is featured on Frank's album of the same name.
- 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)
- Big Tom and the Mainliners – A Celebration (2016)
In early 2016, Big Tom and the original Mainliners went on tour to mark 50 years since the release of their most enduring hit "Gentle Mother". From May until September, Big Tom and the Mainliners continued their summer tour to celebrate 50 years of "Gentle Mother"
- "Country singer Big Tom McBride has died aged 81". The Journal. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- The Royal Theatre, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland[dead link]
- news : (Irish News) Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Irish World. Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
- London Irish Festival – Music Acts[dead link]
- BreakingNews.ie – 2006/11/14: Big Tom recovering well after heart surgery Archived 13 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Archives.tcm.ie (14 November 2006); retrieved 16 November 2011.
- The Mayo News – Big Tom takes ill. Mayonews.ie (1 April 2008). Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
- Anderson, Nicola (25 September 2004). "Singer Big Tom among tax dodgers in €30m settlements". Irish Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- Manning, Harry (17 April 2018). "Big Tom McBride was 'probably heartbroken' after wife Rose died and death maybe a 'gift from God' according to pal Daniel O'Donnell". The Irish Sun. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- The Irish Charts – All there is to know Archived 1 February 2010 at WebCite. Irishcharts.ie (1 October 1962). Retrieved on 16 November 2011.
- Big Tom report in the Mayo News. Mayonews.ie. Retrieved on 16 November 2011.