Feb 21, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Tom Coles (E58)

About: Tom Coles

"Tom’s music has been described as “Gordon Lightfoot meets Doc Watson”, citing two of the major musical influences in his life. Yet his style is uniquely and distinctly Tom Coles. Growing up in Toronto during the folk music heyday of the 60’s and 70’s gave Tom the opportunity (for which he is eternally grateful) to experience first hand some of folk music’s true legends. Experiences that would have such a great impact on his musical direction. Tom recalls as a teenager and novice singer/guitarist seeing the likes of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Ian and Sylvia, Joni Mitchell and, of course, Gordon Lightfoot and Doc Watson to name a few. Experiences that contributed to his decision to pursue music as a love and living.
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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