Tom Osander

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Tom Osander
Tom Osander photo by Sean Kavanagh ©2015.jpg
Osander performing in Dublin, Ireland
Background information
Born (1966-10-06) 6 October 1966 (age 50)
Origin Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Genres Rock, folk, indie rock, folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Drums, percussion, guitar, vocals, whistling
Years active 1985–present
Labels Geffen, Mercury, Heffa, Warner Bros., DRM/14th Floor
Associated acts Damien Rice, God Street Wine, Lisa Hannigan, Hanna Leess

Tom Osander aka Tomo (born John Thomas Osander Jr. on 6 October 1966)[1] is an American percussionist and producer who is most often associated with Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Hanna Leess and God Street Wine.

Born in Princeton, NJ Osander was a member of the New York City jamband God Street Wine from 1988–1998, recording six albums and performing more than 1,000 shows across America and beyond with bands like The Allman Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and the Black Crowes.[2]

In 1999 Osander moved to Killarney, Ireland, to briefly join the alternative, Killarney-based rock band Poor Uncle Harry.[3]
He began working with Damien Rice in 2000 and over the next several years recorded both the albums "O" and "9". During his time with Rice he recorded the Billie Holiday song Don't Explain with Herbie Hancock for his 2005 Possibilities album [4]
In the summer of 2007 he left Rice to concentrate on Lisa Hannigan's solo career, recording her first album Sea Sew in 2008 and touring with her until 2010. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2009.[5]

In 2010 Osander relocated to Berlin, Germany and recorded and/or toured with various artists including Gemma Hayes, Eric Penny, Ultan Conlon and Peter Doran.[6]
Also in 2010 God Street Wine reformed to play several reunion shows.[7] The band would continue to perform sporadically up to present day. These reunion shows included several dates as the "Friends" in Phil Lesh and Friends in January 2013.[8]

Osander, with his partner Tanja Raab, have produced several benefit shows over the years under the name Double Donkey Productions. These include the 2004 Concert for Bam (in aid of the victims of the Stephens Day earthquake in Iran) at Vicar Street in Dublin and the 2010 Thomastown Community Kindergarten Benefit featuring Paul Noonan and Gavin Glass at the Bridgebrook Arms in Kilkenny, Ireland.

In 2014, Osander began collaborating with American singer Hanna Leess and co-produced her 2016 album Dirty Mouth Sweet Heart on PIAS/CNTCT Recordings.[9]

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  1. ^ "Tom Osander Discography". 1966-10-06. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  2. ^ Budnick, Dean (1998). Jam Bands: North America's Hottest Live Groups Plus How to Tape and Trade. ECW Press. pp. 107–109. ISBN 9781550223538. 
  3. ^ The Killarney Kingdom, May 1999
  4. ^ "Lisa Hannigan". Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Lisa Hannigan shortlisted for Mercury Prize". 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Tomo | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  7. ^ Eisen, Benjy (2012-03-12). "God Street Wine Reunite for NYC Shows". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Hanna Leess - Dirty Mouth Sweet Heart (CD, Album, LP, Album)". 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 

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