Manchester singer-songwriter Tom Walker‘s star has ascended extremely fast during 2017. The 25-year-old has rapidly built-up a strong reputation not only for his engaging, heartfelt songwriting, but his live performances have also wowed, with a voice that has a ‘sit-up-and-pay-attention’ affect that is reminiscent of the first time hearing Rag’n’Bone Man live for the first time.
Highlights of this London show included Karma, and latest single Leave a Light On, with the whole audience singing along to both songs and really ramping up the atmosphere. The stripped back Fly Away With Me slowed the pace down a little, uniting the audience in a flow of escapism. This was all perhaps topped by Heartland which, along with Blessings, is arguably among Walker’s signature tunes.
His live performance was a great combination of meaningful lyrics with raw and raspy vocals that accentuate his ability to capture the audience. There are even interesting influences of hip hop which make his sound quite unique.
He told the crowd that he had previously performed in every room in this London establishment, from the tiny back room, to the slightly larger space upstairs, and now the main stage itself. It tells the story of Walker’s growing profile, and suggests the stages he’ll be performing on in 2018 will be larger still.
He’ll be back on the road during March and April 2018 with a tour across the UK and Europe – tickets here.
Review & Photos: Rebecca Cribb
We’re fortunate to have a lot of new music come our way at Sync, plenty of it superb. But it’s rare that you get ‘that feeling’ when you hear a voice; the feeling that it simply has to hit the big time. That’s certainly what sprung to mind on first listen of Tom Walker‘s masterpiece Blessings.
The song is also the title track of a debut EP (released in May) that shows the versatility of his vocals, lending them with equal aplomb to stripped back ‘pure’ songs as well as more uptempo and highly produced tunes.
With a London headline show at Omeara and a slot at Glastonbury under his belt in recent weeks, the Scotland-born 25-year-old’s star is most certainly in the ascendancy, so we decided we simply had to find out more about Tom… Continue reading
We’ve been listening to Tom Walker‘s Blessings for a few weeks now, so wasted no time in checking out his follow-up Heartland. Recruiting the production might of Naughty Boy, the song is so strong and yet understated enough to feel raw and soulful in the best possible way.
The current slow-burn of Walker’s recent material reminds us of Rag ‘N Bone Man‘s Human, which we featured way before his profile exploded in a rather spectacular way. Walker’s unique and attention-grabbing gravel-edged tone deserves similar exposure and it will almost certainly be coming his way.
He plays a host of festival dates over the summer, including Barn On The Farm in Gloucester (1 July), Victorious in Portsmouth (27 August) and Bestival in Dorset (8 September).
Tom Walker – Heartland
And while we’re about it, it’s only right to include Blessings here too, since it’s an absolute beaut of a song and one that shows Walker’s rich and powerful voice to the fullest.
Tom Walker – Blessings