“With his unique approach to guitar and his vocal interpretations of traditional and his original tunes, Tom has managed to create music that is all his own – honest and right from the heart. The music just flows.” Woody Mann, New York, 2007.
Tom Doughty plays his own unique style of acoustic lap slide guitar.
Expect to hear music rooted in Blues, with hints of Jazz, Folk, Americana and Tom’s lush grooves and enveloping sounds.
As a child, Tom first learnt his craft through interpreting what he heard on records, watching other guitar players and most of all, his own imagination. As an early teenager, Tom had become an accomplished finger style guitarist and recalls playing the Davey Graham tune ‘Angie’ at a school concert. He was, and still is avid listener and admirer of other musicians. Early influences included Renbourn and Jansch, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, Big Bill Broonzy, early jazz classics like Cole porter, through to Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin.
Tom adopted that same method of interpretation when he devoted time to learning lap slide instruments, finding his music with the tenacity and creativity of a new explorer. This attitude to the instrument has enabled him to develop new and unique techniques for playing slide guitar, with structures and voicing that are instantly recognisable as ‘his’ sound.
“Tom Doughty is possessed of a deep musical soul, that magic link between feeling and movement which makes the slide guitar such an individual instrument. His touch is wide ranging, and his music is full of big feeling. In a world of derivative and imitative slide guitarists, Tom’s sound is unique and special.” Bob Brozman
Tom’s music and career continue to move forward at a pace. 2009 saw Tom release his third album ‘Have a Taste of This’ to crictical acclaim. During 2013, he will release another musical dimension, featuring a three piece band with rugged bass and percussion.
2012, saw Tom play solo at Manchester’s iconic Bridgewater Hall, alongside a series of gigs with Craig Ogden. He also undertook a solo UK Tour in 2011 and is currently planning gigs for 2014.
‘Defining Tom as an Acoustic Blues guitarist is too small to convey the range of moods and styles in his playing.’ Jim Gillan, RocknReel Magazine.
Or to put it in the words of Michael Prince in a recent review,
“Tom’s music is organic and free. A must see performer”