Tom Savage

July 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Old Church Theatre
940 Bonisteel Rd Trenton
$20 in advance $25 at the door

Tom Savage is what one might refer to as a triple-threat. One part truth-telling troubadour, one part death-defying guitar slinger, and one part Country Blues howler. Each facet of his formidable on-stage persona carefully crafted over a 20+ year devotion to the composition and performance of song.

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Tom is a true believer. A disciple of melody and harmony and tempo and timbre. An evangelist preaching to anyone who will listen of the healing and meditative powers of music. Pouring his heart out of his throat every night, while simultaneously shredding his fingertips in his relentless assault on the beat-up 1966 Guild acoustic he adores.


Tom Savage’s music comes from places occupied by Townes Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen, but also lurking in the shadows of influence are Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page in one corner, and Wes Montgomery and Freddie Robinson in another.  Give a teenaged kid a cassette player and a radio dial ( circa 1988) and it is the equivalent of throwing the contents of the entire refrigerator into a blender. You have no idea what flavour the combination will result in. This is the time when many musical seeds where planted in Tom’s psyche, thus the beginning of a lifelong journey.
Where does he stand today? A writer of Country and Folk songs, sung in a weathered, emotive voice with a hint of a Bluesman’s growl, accompanied by fiery and fast rock n roll guitar licks (these days Savage opts for the acoustic guitar, occasionally mandolin, rather than reaching for the electric). Tom Savage is not your average folksinger.


 “Kingston, Ontario singer/songwriter Tom Savage delivers some heart-on-his-sleeve acoustic goodness with his latest solo effort. “Don’t Plan On Starting Now” holds the singer’s rough around the edges but painfully smooth voice hostage over a slow groove, while “Rougher On Me” is a delicate ditty filled with pop culture references. “Mercy Killing” gets a little tougher than the rest, while “A Brief Moment Of Eternity” will win over fans of The Band. Closer “The Slow Decline” builds and eats at your guts, worthy of soundtracking your downfall in a dive country bar six miles past nowhere. But, you know, it’s hopeful too.”
– Nicholas Friesen, The Uniter”A must have for Americana, folk and country lovers! One of the best CDs of 2014!”
– Jacques Dulac
CKRL 89,1″…moments of toughness with unbridled beauty. ” – Invisible Ink Music Blog”…magic present … an understanding of the vision of the song — crafting with clear original intention.” – ExclaimTom Savage is a Kingston singer-songwriter whose songs shine with old school folk, bare-bones and stripped down. – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator“Savage is an excellent songwriter. Often poetic in their deceptive simplicity, often politically informed, his lyrics recall the best folk singers of the sixties. The frequent comparisons to Dylan are, in this case, justified.” – Aaron Carr – Nanton News“Throughout the album, I hear ghosts of John Campbell, Knopfler, Springsteen, Steve Young and shades of newer artists who, while not well known, have their moments of musical greatness. They are the ghosts in my own head, though, for it becomes more obvious with each listen that Savage writes and performs what he has to, not what he hears. Such is of what the good ones are made. A big huzzah to Geoff Chown for hearing what Savage had to offer, to the various musicians who added their little bits which made the whole as good as it is, and to Tom Savage himself who has found his voice, and I am not referring to that which emanates from his throat. What a voice it is.”

– Frank Gutch – Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange