Biography - Tom McFarland

“…one of the most sensitive accompanists on the folk scene” - Folk Roots

Belfast born Tom McFarland is a talented multi percussionist, singer, backing vocalist, studio recording engineer and video editor.

Tom’s interest in percussion stretches to instruments from all over the world - in his live work he plays, among others, the bodhrán, the African Djembé, Latin American congas and bongos, the cajon, and basically anything else that can be shaken or hit. For recording, he also plays drum kit.

He has toured with his wife Fil Campbell since the early 90s and the duo built up a very loyal following right across Europe, and earned the following quote in Berlin’s Zitty Magazine – “vocals and rhythm, the basis of music”. He has also toured for a while with David Knopfler and worked on his CD “Wishbones” (David founded Dire Straits with his brother Mark); toured with Ben Sands of the world renowned Sands Family; and has guested on stage with Finbar Furey.

Tom’s recording credits also include work with the late John Wright, with Tommy Sands, Rosemary Woods, Briege Murphy, Finbar Furey, David Knopfler, Ben Sands, Nina Armstrong, Claire Roche, John Billing, Voices of Lecale Choir, Emigrant Woman's Tale, Songbirds TV shows, and Colum Sands.

Ballyneddan Studio, Tom's base, has produced recordings of songwriters, film tracks, yoga and meditation recordings, TV documentary edits, voice overs in many different languages and film edits.  

 

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CD Baby -- http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/FilCampbell Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/filcampbell Spotify -- https://play.spotify.com/artist/5W4GXIkjfGAMaZS0D3G6MF Twitter -- https://twitter.com/FilCampbell YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDNs4pD7tvhiT63_50Hbt8g

Upcoming Shows

  • Apr 24

    Skipton Folk Club

    Skipton

  • Apr 25

    Quarter Acoustic Music Club

    Hamilton

  • Apr 26

    Edinburgh Folk Club

    Edinburgh

  • May 16

    Evgl. Dorfkirche Mehr

    46456 Rees

  • May 20

    De Lantern Folk Club

    Zevenaar

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A lovely meal and a dash for cover from the rain in beautiful Rouen last night. #rouen #touring

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