Tom Robinson is a songwriter and broadcaster born in 1950. His career started in 1975 and he enjoyed chart success fronting his own Tom Robinson Band (TRB) with hits such as Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Up Against The Wall. After releasing a further ten albums (which included the singles War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio written with Peter Gabriel), he began hosting radio programmes on all the BBC’s major networks – where over the past 13 years he’s become a staunch champion of independent bands and emerging artists on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Inspired by all the new artists he has heard there, Tom has returned with his first new album in twenty years Only The Now – a record made with award-winning producer and violinist Gerry Diver – and released on his own Castaway Northwest Recordings. The songs are as vibrant and edgy as any he’s ever written: the sound of a veteran craftsman – drawing on his long, rich fund of experience – with a renewed energy and purpose. The first single from the album Don’t Jump, Don’t Fall was released in June 2015 in support of CALM, and features guest vocals from Mancunian artist Lee Forsyth Griffths.
‘After my second child was born in 1997 I took a break from recording and did more radio work’ says Tom. ‘Both my kids are now grown up now, I’ve turned 65, the decks are clear, and my musical tastes have changed enormously since working at BBC 6 Music. I’ve finally met the right producer for all the songs I’ve had on a backburner for the last 15 years, and the record has exceeded my wildest expectations. Gerry Diver creates the kind of fresh, adventurous noises I actually enjoy listening to – and playing on the radio – in 2015.’
Tom and his band have already played acclaimed festival sets at Glastonbury and Latitude this Summer. They showcase the new album at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in September and a 15 date tour with Kitten Pyramid throughout October and November.