The London stop on Tom Paxton’s regular UK tours has for some time been the elegant Cadogan Hall, with the double benefit of offering quite sumptuous seating – this is no spit and sawdust venue – and as befits the home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an excellent acoustic. Tom Paxton attracts a more mature audience, even the odd fresh-faced student type in the audience couldn’t do a lot to bring down the average age. If not quite full, then there was a good sized crowd ensconced in the Cadogan Hall when The DonJuans (Don Henry and Jon Vezner) took to the stage to act as the warm-up before becoming the back-up band when Tom joined them for the rest of the evening. Continue reading “Tom Paxton and The DonJuans, Cadogan Hall, London, 23rd April 2019”
Tom Paxton was always there, in Greenwich Village alongside Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, John Hurt and Bobby Dylan, later on watching Dylan perform at the Isle of Wight Festival in ’69, alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Paul Simon shared a flat with Tom Paxton when they were both in the UK in the early ’60s, and Paxton’s songs were part of his repertoire. And he wasn’t the only one – The Kingston Trio, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, oh …and Bob Dylan amongst the many others who have recorded his songs. Continue reading “Tom Paxton’s UK tour begins this week”
Greenwich Village troubadour Tom Paxton is returning to the UK yet again in 2019, marking his 53rd year of visiting these shores. Still producing new material – his last album was 2017’s ‘Boat in the Water‘, which was Paxton’s 62nd release of new material (not counting his multiple dozens of compilations). That gives a lot to pick from – but likely the format will be a mixture of the hits, a few more pointed songs, plenty of anecdotes and a few new tunes. Continue reading “Tom Paxton will tour the UK in 2019”
Tom Paxton turned eighty last October, and he has toured the UK for more than fifty of those years. This latest tour see’s him supported by The DonJuans (Don Henry and Jon Vezner) who both warm up the show with a few songs of their own and then play along with Tom throughout two excellent sets, adding a musical depth to the evening with additional guitars and uke’s as well as keyboards and harmonised vocals. They may be dressed like a pair of Steampunk Live Role Players, but The DonJuans’ four song opening set rarely strayed from the wistful and melodic, very much with a Seventies folk-country feel to them – not unlike a quieter Seals & Crofts. Continue reading “Tom Paxton and The Don Juans, The Stables, Wavendon 15th April 2018”
We make no secret of the fact that we’re big fans of Tom Paxton, so you can imagine our excitement that his next UK tour will start just a week from now. You can find the dates here. And sure, this song comes from 2015’s ‘Redemption Road’ but it’s looking as if it’s going to be topical for a long time yet.
A reminder about this dear readers, we’ve not had a lot of entries yet so “it could be you!” as the deep-voiced saying goes. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and US folk icon, Tom Paxton, is returning to the UK next month to perform twelve shows with singer/songwriter duo The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner. Collectively, their songs have been covered by (wait for this…) Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and a little know singer called Bob Dylan who sounds like he might do big things one day. Continue reading “Win tickets to see Tom Paxton with AUK!”
Lovely to see Tom Paxton still having such an impact at 80 years of age (and to see the US music press get involved in an important discussion). Tom, you should come and fill a vacancy in our House of Lords. Billboard reports: “Folk singer Tom Paxton whose songs have chronicled six decades of change and struggle, walked on stage to sing Friday (Feb. 23) in New York’s East Village and told his audience simply: “I’d like to begin with a question.” Continue reading “Tom Paxton: “What if, no matter how angry he was, he couldn’t lay hands on a gun?””