StrawMan returns to Lifford Old Courthouse for a full band show with support from the N15 Experience.
StrawMan AKA Tom Bonner first started penning songs while at University in Galway in the mid-90s. He moved to Hungary in 2003 to work as an English tutor. While there, he wrote and recorded his debut album ‘Some Belated Truths’ under the moniker ‘Urban Hermits’. This was released to a solid reception in 2007. Later that year, the band played the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Due to family commitments, Tom took a long break from music from 2008. ‘Fearless’ (2020) is his second full release. It charts the journey from bleak despair through defiance and to ultimate redemption. Produced by Terry McGinty of Valley Music Studio, it doffs its cap at indie-rock, soulful ballad, minor blues and acoustic-driven pop, as is evident from the singles ‘Cycle the Volcano’, ‘Wither’ and ‘I am Enough’. All 3 songs, along with his later single ‘Drop Tools’, got to number 1 on the prestigious website N1M (Number One Music). He currently has almost 35,000 plays on that site and is building a solid fanbase.
In April 2021, StrawMan was commissioned by Donegal ETB to compose a song for Roddy Doyle’s novel ‘Brilliant’. The end of the year saw 2 new releases including a Christmas single! He belatedly launched ‘Fearless’ in The Balor Arts Centre on December 10 with an excellent new band and received an amazing reception. Among his influences, Tom cites The National, The War on Drugs, Bruce Springsteen, PJ Harvey, Richard Ashcroft, Aimee Mann, Frightened Rabbit, Manchester Orchestra and REM. He is currently recording an EP for a Spring release to be followed by a full album later in the year.
‘Fearless’ and StrawMan’s other tracks can be found on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.