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Photo by Tom Dudziec-Durn

In spring 2017 Tom came back for just a handful of gigs, sounding better than ever thanks to Dave Bowie's inventive double bass and York's Ross Bennett on delightful guitar and vocals - under a name which gently mocked his 'infamous' retirement


Tom Bliss and the Burning Bridges

Inkwell Arts, Chapel Allerton Jan 7th

"‘Outstanding’‘A truly wonderful gig’

The Black Swan (home of the folk club), York on Jan 14th

'Even better than I thought possible"

New Headingley Club on Feb 11th 8.30 start

All gigs were 'pay as you feel' for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Total raised was 3,600

It's not impossible that the band may do a couple more benefits in 2018







Tom won an MA with distinction at Leeds Beckett in May 2010, and now teaches sustainability there in the landscape dpt. He also works for the United Bank of Carbon at the University of Leeds. Find out about his work HERE.


Tom's last 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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