Tom Moriarty is a British singer-songwriter of “rare talent” (Press Association) with a distinctive vocal style somewhere between the rage of Eddie Vedder and the soul of Ray Lamontagne. As warm and oaky as the rich red wines of his new French home, his smoky vocal growl blends rage with sensitivity: it roars but also whispers, it growls and soothes, redolent of, as he puts it, “a lot of cigarettes, alcohol and pain.”
He released his critically acclaimed debut album in 2012 entitled “Fire in the Doll’s House”, with one single making the Radio 2 playlist and national spot plays for other tracks. It was awarded 4 stars by Q mag, Guitarist, Maverick and OK magazine, “..a gruff voice and thoughtful, classic roots rock” 4 stars, Q magazine. He was also written up in the Sunday Times culture section who, picking up on the substance within his lyrics as well as the accomplished musicianship, proclaimed “the protest singer has a pulse again.”
This was followed by an EP in 2013 entitled “Snapshots of Reality” which Modern Rock Review described as a “pristine EP of modern folk” and a “collection of musical gems deserving high recognition and acclaim.”
In 2015 Tom released his second album “The Road” attracting positive reviews from industry writers and folk rock royalty alike. On hearing the lead single from the album “Me and the Sun” David Crosby commented, “That’s beautiful…real fine, made a good record of it too. Hope I meet you somewhere sometime.” The Press Association proclaimed that the “10 songs on the album are uniformly excellent” and that Tom is a “performer of rare talent. 9/10”. Maverick magazine said “An excellent new album. Classy stuff. 4 stars” FolkRadio.com commented, “I love this album. A very welcome return.”
He released his third album “The Shore” in December 2017. A solo performance recorded live in a small chapel in a tiny mountain village, it is a collection of songs mostly written since leaving London in the Spring of 2016 to live in the mountains in France. “London has changed a lot, its soul is being sold. It was getting too hard to breathe.”
The album was well received, “a noble intensity held within his rough-hewn vocals.” R&R magazine, “it’s a joy to discover Tom Moriarty” Acoustic Magazine, “underlaying his songs is a captivating intrinsic beauty” Acoustic Magazine, “With a sound recalling Ray Lamontagne and John Martyn his songwriting more than stands up to peers past and present.” Strangebrew.
Tom has just released the first single from a forthcoming album. The single is called “Better Than This” from an album to be released later in the year. The album, yet to be named publicly, is set to be more a reflection of Tom’s rock influences. He is also planning on recording his 5th studio album this year.
With a strong track record and critical acclaim, a voice “hewn out of rock and soaked in brandy and cigarettes” and growing recognition, Tom Moriarty is establishing himself a reputation as one of the finest British singer-songwriters to emerge in recent times.