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"..moments reminiscent of Mike Scott's faux Irish take on Dylan, propelled by a country swagger and lit up with flute, mandolin, and violin. Much of the album smells like sweet hayseed but as is Savage's fashion, just when you think he's gone all Fred Eaglesmith he drops in a stray blues("Lovin' Arms"), or a flute-infused jammer ("Barstool Conversations," " Ragged Road").
Tom Savage has been performing music and writing songs for over ten years. His music has covered a broad spectrum including genre's such as folk/rock/alt country and blues. It was while living in Vancouver, BC that Savage began to discover the art of songwriting.
" I was earning my money busking on the streets and I began to write music that focused on lyrics. Songs that would still sound complete when they were stripped down to acoustic guitar and vocal."
Tom's 1999 debut release was Day-To-Day Truths. A Lo-fi country-tinged album, showcasing songs that were written during Savage's street strumming period. The album received favourable reviews and considerable airplay on CBC and university stations across Canada. Tom spent the next couple of years touring Ontario and Manitoba promoting the album with flautist Vanessa longul.
" Vanessa brings something unique to my songs in the way that she plays the flute. A Jethro Tull style. It is unusual to hear that instrument used in Folk or Alt. Country music."
Spring 2001 saw the release of Tom Savage's second album, Brand Of Sympathy. The recording
(with the exception of the drum tracks) was done at Savage’s home in Kingston, Ontario. The result is a grass roots recording with an 'off the floor' feel. Over a 6 month period Tom and Vanessa performed in numerous coffee houses/house concerts/ bars/ song series across six provinces supporting the CD release.
" Performing live is really what it's all about. Getting that energized reaction from the audience and just putting the music out there for people to take in. It's a great feeling."
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