Written By | Robert DeMartin
Tom Walker made a deal with us during his August 5th show at Bowery Ballroom: If we kept showing up for his shows, he would keep coming to America to perform. That is a deal we should all keep.
Following a fun and energetic performance by opener Craig Strickland, Tom played to a capacity crowd at Bowery Ballroom. Tom brought quiet modesty yet provided a surprisingly spry performance delivering the heartfelt lyrics he is known for. His uniform was blue flannel and knit cap — ginger beard and blue eyes – he is a large man with a large and humble presence.
Walker sang, played guitar and even delivered the occasional drum solo. Walker’s voice ranged from gravelly to soaring and the occasional voice sample to was used to great effect.
The Ballroom’s legendary acoustics coupled with a perfectly tight stage performance made for a tremendous night.
Tom was generous with a full set of his signature crowd-pleasers including Angels, My Way, Karma, Walk Alone, Just you and I, Fly Away and Leave a Light On. Although this Scotsman doesn’t make it across the pond often enough, the entire house carries along with the lyrics to every song.
The show ended with a sincere and powerful performance of Leave a Light on, a poignant song about addiction:
“If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill
Guiding like a lighthouse to a place where you’ll be
Safe to feel at grace ’cause we’ve all made mistakes
If you’ve lost your way
I will leave the light on”
Tom’s worldwide tour this summer has 9 North American dates before he moves onto New Zealand, Australia and a handful of European cities.
Tom seemed keen to come visit us again soon. Walker’s favorite part of performing in American? The way we called out mid-performance “FUCK YA TOM!”. To that, I say “FUCK YA TOM”, thank you for a great gig. Hope to see you on this side of the pond again soon.
Photo Credit: Rob DeMartin