|Birth name||Thomas Griffin Winslow|
|Also known as||Thomas Winslow, "Brother" Tom Winslow|
|Born||November 13, 1940|
|Died||October 23, 2010|
|Genres||Blues, folk, African American music|
|Associated acts||Thomasina Winslow, The Winslows, Rev. Gary Davis, Peter Seeger, Al Polito, Guy Davis|
Thomas Griffin "Tom" Winslow (November 13, 1940, Hobgood, North Carolina – October 23, 2010, Albany, New York) was a prominent American folk singer and writer, best known as a "disciple" of Reverend Gary Davis and a former member of Pete Seeger's band. He performed with his family as The Winslows and recorded with Al Polito. His career as a performing artist lasted over forty years. He was most notable as the composer of "Hey Looka Yonder (It's The Clear Water)", a folk song that has been the anthem of the Sloop Clearwater.
While he toured throughout the United States, he continued to perform in Upstate New York until shortly before his death at the age of 70. His children are the performing artists Thomasina Winslow and Gary Winslow.
As a teenager, Winslow learned to play guitar from his grandfather, Thomas Winslow. He was a band member of the Reverend Gary Davis, a country-folk musician from the first half of the 20th century. He toured throughout the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, sometimes as a solo act, as well as with his family act, The Winslows. In the 1960s, he worked at Vassar College in the equestrian program, and off-season, as a construction worker at Albany, New York's Empire State Plaza.
"Hey Looka Yonder (It's the Clearwater)"
Winslow's great enduring fame comes from penning and performing the now-classic ballad, "Hey Looka Yonder", which is known also as "It's the Clearwater" and "It's the Clear Water". This song, recorded by Biograph Records in 1969, is about the fundraising for the sloop Clearwater, and in particular how "black and white" got together to create a floating environmental education school. Its mission was to clean up the water of then-polluted Hudson River.
This song is significant and historic in several ways:
- It was the first environmental song by an African-american song-writer, predating "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" by two full years.
- It was Peter Seeger's and Tom Winslow's major collaboration.
- It was first recording by The Winslows - which included Tom Winslow's entire family, including toddler Thomasina Winslow, now a blues singer in her own right, singing and playing instruments in the background.
Folk music circuit
Tom is an old-school country bluesman, picking and singing in a classic style. He studied with Rev. Gary Davis, collaborated with Pete Seeger, and released an album on the Biograph label. He first came to Saratoga to work with the horses and has for many years enjoyed playing gigs around the area, including at Lena's.
He played frequently at the People's Voices Cafe on 33rd St. in New York City in the 1980s. He has also performed at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beekman, New York. His music has been played on WFMU's program, Shrunken Planet.
During the early 2000s he played regularly in Troy's Washington Park, and the Troy Farmer's Market; the last time being April 26, 2008. He was called an "Edu-tainer Par Excellence!" 
His shows at the Troy Farmer's Market helped earn it the "Best Farmer's Market - Best Goods" awards from Metroland, the Capital District weekly newspaper, and his performance was lauded specifically. He shared in a "Best live regional entertainment" award.
- Tom Winslow (Biograph 1969), includes "Bring Them Home" (a Pete Seeger tune).
- It's the Clear Water (Biograph 1969, re-released 1992) BLP-12018
- Inner Octaves (Truth Records 1978) (TR13712)
- Digital Podcast of Sunday Morning in Exile (compilation); Winslow performs "I The Living".
- PBS documentary, 'Til the River Runs Clear (soundtrack)
- Played with Gary Winslow on D Baby
- Played with Al Polito (guest guitarist)
- Tom Keyser, "Tom Winslow, folk and country-blues musician, dies at 69", Albany Times Union, November 13, 2010. Found at Times Union website. Accessed November 16, 2010.
- History of Biograph records web page
- Seeger Sessions
- Clearwater Music web page
- sample of autographed LP for sale
- Caffe Lena Web site
- See Search engine for deaths
- People's Voice's Cafe web site
- Voice's Cafe history web page
- Town Crier web site
- WFMU Programming list of artists web page
- Lincoln Center Out of Doors web page
- Caffe Lena write-up
- Caffe Lena web site calendar page
- Washington Park Association official web site
- Public web calendar
- Washington Park Association newsletter PDF format
- RPI Blog
- Capital Region Living Magazine
- Troy Record web site
- Troy Market official web site. Accessed April 28, 2008.
- City of Troy official web site
- Metroland Best of 2007 article
- Riverfront Park Concert Series
- Seeger Sessions notes
- Clearwater official web site Music page
- Shop PBS official web site
- Al Polito official web site
- Indie 911 directory
- Broad Jam web site