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Tom Baxter

One of the most distinguished song craftsmen of the 21st century is to make his long-awaited return to record in August 2018 and we're delighted to welcome Tom Baxter to Stockton in October. 

It was in 2008 that Tom brought out the self-funded 'Skybound,' the follow-up to the 2004 debut 'Feather & Stone,' which first alerted the wider world to his singular talent for absolutely believable, emotionally immersive composition. Since then, he's released one fan-only album, travelled the world, been through plenty of soul-searching and emerged at the other end with what may well be his best-ever work.

Baxter made his name with such heart-stopping originals as 'Better,' 'Almost There' and 'Day in Verona,' and his songs have been covered by much-loved entertainers from Dame Shirley Bassey all the way to Boyzone. He's admired by the likes of Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright, Gary Barlow and actor David Schwimmer, and by a steadfast set of fans who've been waiting for word of his next adventure for more than a while.

They won't be disappointed. 'The Other Side of Blue’ is Baxter's most searingly personal work to date, performed entirely solo and with gorgeous illustration on guitar and piano. It's a beautiful and elegant return to his very core as a songwriter and a human being. “I feel like I've been though a very slow metamorphosis over the years,” he says. “Even I'm not sure into what, but I can say I'm calmer inside, and I thought it was time for a full-on new release.”
While other artists rush so readily to provide the personal information that feeds the beast of self-promotion, Tom has kept his counsel, determined to be defined only by his music, and at his own pace. But it has been a tumultuous ten years. He married the longtime girlfriend for whom he wrote the Ivor Novello Award-nominated 'Better,' but then endured a divorce and, more recently, was happily remarried. Along the way, he lived in Devon, travelled to India, Los Angeles, Spain and then to Brazil, the place that inspired him to find the impetus to write again.

The new album is entirely free of “production camouflage,” as he puts it, and is underpinned by 'The Ballad of Davey Graham,' the song he was inspired to write after a request to play at the unveiling of a blue plaque for the great guitar pioneer of the title. In a moment of pure serendipity, Davey's partner had written to request Tom's contribution because Graham was not only an admirer of his, but she revealed that Baxter's music was the last that Davey had listened to. Not that of Paul Simon, Jimmy Page or any of the other superstars he had inspired, but Tom Baxter.

Support comes from Rob Richings

 

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Looking for a great bite to eat before the show?

Look no further than our modern and vibrant No 60 cafe bar for a fantastic place to enjoy a pre-show meal. You won’t find a table closer to your seats anywhere in town.

No 60's menu is all about modern British food, from classic dishes you'll know and love alongside some of our chefs' personal favourites. Our ever-popular burger menu now offers over 30 combinations to choose from, and with a range of fresh and tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes there's something to suit every appetite.

Plus with a pre-ordered package you can enjoy a two-course pre-show dinner, including any main and any dessert for just £10, so you can save on the cost of your bill too!

See our full menu here.

 

Book Tickets

Wed 17 Oct

8pm

Today's Price:
£18 + £0.10 booking fee

Seating:
Unreserved