I am a big fan of John Tams and I've just got his new album "The Reckoning" and really love it so I thought I'd share a bit of enthusiasm.
If you don't know who John Tams is I suppose you could describe his style as a cross between fairly gentle acoustic rock ballads and traditional English folk music. If you ever saw the TV series called "Sharpe" he starred as the musical soldier "Hagman".
I had the great pleasure of meeting him (he isn't as grumpy as he looks in his CD photos) when he was giving a concert to raise money for the local air ambulance service. Unfortunately the concert was very poorly promoted and at the wrong time of year and so there was a lamentably small turn out. As a result he invited the entire audience to join him in the local pub for the interval and was a total riot!
I really love his new album ... it is so understated and some of the lyrics are really thought provoking.
If you'd like a quick taster there are three clips here to whet your appetite:
Safe House : http://www.topicreco...alaudio/tscd551a.ram
Bitter Withy : http://www.topicreco...alaudio/tscd551b.ram
A Man of Constant Sorrow : http://www.topicreco...alaudio/tscd551c.ram
The album is for sale through the usual outlets or direct from the publishers here
(the proper URL with all the extra frames - unnecessary - is here
but you will need to click "Go to shop" and then search for John Tams in the search box as you can't link directly).