Gai Toms – songwriter, musician, performer, producer. Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Gai Toms is considered a strong and colourful thread in the Welsh language songwriting fabric. His current album ‘The Wild, the Tame and the Feral’ shows that he is very capable of coming up with the goods in English too. A talented self taught musician who learned his craft in grassroots music circles, now a prolific songwriter with a decent repertoire to his name. He is also the guitarist in Welsh alt rock band – Brython Shag.
Co-founder member of the excellent ska-rock band – Anweledig (Invisible) and main man of the award winning folk concept – Mim Twm Llai, Gai Toms draws on his musical past, applying it to new works with a refined focus. Early songs are collage’s of his post-industrial square mile while his latest songs are more diverse in content, expression and tenacity. Lyrics play a major role in Gai Toms’ music, usually dictating the music style. Styles vary from folk revival to indie rock, but he’s also not afraid of a bit of experimentation. Influences – Woody Guthrie, Meic Stevens, John Prine, Nick Cave, Gruff Rhys / SFA, PJ Harvey, Johnny Cash, Conor Oberst, Ty Segall, Tom Waits, Bjork, Tom Morello… and more!
Live, the Gai Toms band consists of top musicians who can raise the roof with up-tempo numbers as well as the hair on the back of your neck with the slower songs. Gai’s vocals are reminiscent of The Clash’s Joe Strummer, giving a punky edge to the whole experience. Solo acoustic sets are commonplace for Gai too.
From toilet circuit gigs to festivals such as SXSW (Austin, Texas), Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington DC), The National Eisteddfod and Festival No.6. (Portmeirion, Wales) Gai Toms has embraced a range of experiences, and is yet hungry for more.
Taken from gaitoms.com.
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