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Tom won an MA with distinction at Leeds Met in May 2010, and is now teaching sustainability in the landscape dpt. You can watch 'The Urbal Fix ' and find out about his academic work HERE.


Tom's latest creation (2010/11) was commissioned by Jersey Heritage, and is now complete.

In this ‘new musical from old songs and stories’ (Tom has used only 18thC trad melodies with, when necessary, new words), we follow the epic adventures of a young fisherman from St Ouen, Jacques Hamon, who runs away to the cod grounds when his older brother Claude is shopped for smuggling by the scheming Rasquelle - leaving behind his distraught sweetheart, Chloe. Shipwrecked off Newfoundland he's rescued by the alluring Acadian, Marthe, who leads him into French territory, where he must pretend he's a Catholic. Thus by various twists and turns he finds himself on the wrong side in the 1781 French invasion of Jersey - arriving at the Battle of St Helier just in time to see Rasquelle shoot Claude in the back...

The show was written to be performed by a full cast (with cannon) at the Hamptonne Country Life Museum. No dates as yet.



"Astonshingly moving and inspirational..." Joe Grint, Tykes News. ”Never have I heard tales told and sung with such humour and skill. A spellbinding couple of hours - where did the evening go?” Terry Ferdinand - Bishop FM “One of the best nights I've had. Tom Bliss was brilliant; great songs, great performance, superb stories. I was enthralled and so was everyone else.” Simon Goodfellow - FCO Web Forum

Middle English (and Welsh) Pie

"A natural stand-up comic with perfect timing" - Colin Randall Salut Live

"This guy has pretty well universal appeal - with his beautiful voice, his accomplished playing of several instruments and the range of his material.  Tom’s songs are accessible and engaging, with humour and singable choruses, and he appeals to the traditionalists and the modernists alike.  We are guaranteed a wonderful evening." Tom and Barbara Brown - Shammic Acoustic Sessions "It will be an absolute delight to see Tom play a full solo set.  Brilliant though his pairing with Tom Napper is, Tom’s songwriting skills and musical dexterity on a whole variety of instruments can best be seen unadorned and solo.  Expect songs of the sea; and probably of ghosts and inexplicable happenings as well. Tom is one of the gentlest and most cheerful artists on the circuit. This is a treat for all the cognoscenti of the singer/songwriter’s art." John Waller - Topic Folk Club

The Violin (Bliss)

"Tom's youtube videos and even his CDs don't do him justice, this man HAS to be seen live. The Ken Dodd of folk music perhaps!"



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