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Music, Mon 15 Oct 2018

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St Mary's Beverley

St Mary's Beverley

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We are thrilled to welcome one of the most distinguished song craftsmen of the 21st century to The Live Room, as he makes his long-awaited return to record. On 17 August 2018, Tom Baxter unveils his first official release in a decade, 'The Other Side of Blue.'

It was in 2008 that Tom brought out the self-funded 'Skybound,' the follow-up to the 2004 debut 'Feather & Stone,' which first alerted the wider world to his singular talent for absolutely believable, emotionally immersive composition. Since then, he's released one fan-only album, travelled the world, been through plenty of soul-searching and emerged at the other end with what may well be his best-ever work.

Baxter made his name with such heart-stopping originals as 'Better,' 'Almost There' and 'Day in Verona,' and his songs have been covered by much-loved entertainers from Dame Shirley Bassey all the way to Boyzone. He's admired by the likes of Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright, Gary Barlow and actor David Schwimmer, and by a steadfast set of fans who've been waiting for word of his next adventure for more than a while.

They won't be disappointed. 'The Other Side of Blue' is Baxter's most searingly personal work to date, performed entirely solo and with gorgeous illustration on guitar and piano. It's a beautiful and elegant return to his very core as a songwriter and a human being. I feel like I've been though a very slow metamorphosis over the years, he says. Even I'm not sure into what, but I can say I'm calmer inside, and I thought it was time for a full-on new release.

While other artists rush so readily to provide the personal information that feeds the beast of self-promotion, Tom has kept his counsel, determined to be defined only by his music, and at his own pace. But it has been a tumultuous ten years. He married the longtime girlfriend for whom he wrote the Ivor Novello Award-nominated 'Better,' but then endured a divorce and, more recently, was happily remarried. Along the way, he lived in Devon, travelled to India, Los Angeles, Spain and then to Brazil, the place that inspired him to find the impetus to write again.

The new album is entirely free of 'production camouflage,' as he puts it, and is underpinned by 'The Ballad of Davey Graham,' the song he was inspired to write after a request to play at the unveiling of a blue plaque for the great guitar pioneer of the title. In a moment of pure serendipity, Davey's partner had written to request Tom's contribution because Graham was not only an admirer of his, but she revealed that Baxter's music was the last that Davey had listened to. Not that of Paul Simon, Jimmy Page or any of the other superstars he had inspired, but Tom Baxter.

What they didn't know is that the revelation completed a perfect circle, because Davey had been one of the very inspirations for Baxter to pick up a guitar in the first place. Tom duly paid back the compliment by playing at the ceremony, and found that the whole experience refuelled his creative spirits to remarkable effect. He went on to finish what has become 'The Other Side of Blue' with a renewed sense of his place in the musical ecosystem. As he describes the record himself, there's no bells or whistles. Just me, myself and I, with absolutely nowhere to hide.

Baxter's albums have always enveloped the listener with a delicious intensity, and so it is again on 'The Other Side of Blue,' which takes us from the heartwrenching title track and others such as 'For Crying Out Loud,' to the happier place that Tom now himself inhabits, expressed in the gentle optimism of 'When I'm In Your Hands.'

Alongside the imminent prospect of this stunning piece of work, we can also look forward to Tom's return to the live stage. An English original has returned.

'The Other Side of Blue' will be released via The Orchard on 17 August 2018.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Please call or e-mail to arrange tours in advance. We can arrange refreshments for groups for a small donation if booked in advance. There is a grass area outside suitable for picnics - though no picnic tables available.

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Mon 15 Oct 2018

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    Address

    Northbar Within,
    Beverley,
    East Yorkshire,
    HU17 8DL

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    Map reference: TA 031397  Lat: 53.84407 Long: -0.43423

    From Beverley Train Station on foot: Walk towards the small roundabout and take the first exit off the roundabout. Walk along the road until you get to Wednesday Market. Turn right and walk all the way through the town centre, passing the various shops and Saturday Market Square Band Stand. When you reach the traffic lights, keep walking straight and you will see St Mary's Church in front of you (to the right) - approx 13 mins walk.

    From Beverley Bus Station on foot: Head in towards Beverley Town Centre on Sow Hill Road. Turn right at Ladygate. Walk to the end of the street and turn left onto Hengate. You will see St Mary's on the opposite side of the road - approx 3 mins walk.

    From York: Follow the A1079 towards Hull. Pass Bishop Burton village and take the second exit at the next roundabout. Drive along the road passing Beverley Racecourse and Beverley Westwood. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Northbar Within. St Mary's is on the left.

    From Hull: Follow the A1079 to York. Take the third exit off the roundabout signposted for Beverley Racecourse. Drive along the road passing Beverley Racecourse and Beverley Westwood. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Northbar Within. St Mary's is on the left.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0.6 miles from Beverley station

    Facilities

    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
    • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
    • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

    Please call or e-mail to arrange tours in advance. We can arrange refreshments for groups for a small donation if booked in advance. There is a grass area outside suitable for picnics - though no picnic tables available.