He started playing professionally as a folk singer at coffee houses in and around Toronto in the early to mid 70’s but the popularity that folk music had enjoyed was waning as discos had began replacing the folk venues. Although he had by now studied commercial art and graphic design, he decided to continue with music making the move to country and country rock and from coffee houses to clubs and bars. A road that he was to travel on and off of for the next almost 15 years. He moved to B.C. around 1979 and except for a few interludes (the US, India and Nepal) he has called it home ever since. He toured with a multitude of bands and duos over those many years on road tours that literally went to Inuvik (near Canada’s Arctic Ocean) to Southern Arizona. He and his wife, Sandy, moved to an acreage they own in the mountains high above the picturesque Thompson River near Clearwater, B.C. where they enjoy the simple country life that, along with their love of nature, is reflected in many of Tom’s songs."
1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
For environmental purity and simplicity of lifestyle I'd have to say 18th - 19th century North America.
2). What is your favorite month and why?May - here in the interior mountains of British Columbia this is when wild flowers bloom and song birds return.
3). At what time of the day do you usually prefer to write your music?
Early morning to mid day when everything is the most still and quiet.
4).What is your favorite instrument and why?
Guitar simply because it is the one I'm most proficient at.
5).What is your favorite drink?
Coffee or tea - ya, I'm a tottler!
Listen to: Tom Coles - Durham Coal
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