Tommy Fleming (musician)
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|Born||15 May 1971 |
Aclare, County Sligo, Ireland
|Years active||1996 – present|
From an early age Tommy's natural singing talent was on show in local talent competitions and concerts. After finishing secondary school in 1990, Tommy played the local scene with a couple of bands but it was his meeting with composer, Phil Coulter in Westport, County Mayo that changed his career. Within a few short months of this meeting, he'd appeared at the Cork Opera House, and The National Concert Hall in Dublin. He then went on a tour of the United States, which included appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Boston Symphony Hall.
After his return to Ireland, he joined the group De Dannan. (Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, and Dolores Keane had been previous lead vocalists of this group.) With De Dannan, Tommy's voice was brought to Australia, China, Hong Kong, and, once again, the United States.
Tommy Fleming is currently living in Enniscrone, County Silgo, with his wife, Tina. Tommy met her at a funeral two dates after a tour in the late 1990s. This was soon after the accident Tommy was involved in where he crashed his car. Tommy and Tina are both hard working and are very happy together. Tommy has described Tina as "a great woman very strong and a great organizer".
When Tommy was asked how he would describe his genere of music he confessed that it is not opera nor rock 'n' roll. He said that he is just "very traditional and likes a song with a good story".
Whilst Tommy is often compared to Daniel O' Donnell he has revealed that he does not know why people compare him to Daniel. Tommy has revealed it doesn't annoy him but Daniel would not be his cup of tea.
Tommy Fleming left De Dannan in 1996 to pursue a solo career. When he is touring Tommy is accompanied by his good friend David Hayes who plays piano and keyboard. Tommy has been friends with David since they met while he was touring with Phil Coulter in 1993 and he has said that David is always very down to earth and has never told him a lie. David produces Tommy's albums and is the musical director of his shows. David has also thought Tommy a lot about the business about singing and from stage presence and song delivery.
Early years (1996-2005)
Upon leaving De Dannan Tommy Fleming's first solo effort, Different Side of Life, was released in 1996.
In 1998, Tommy released Restless Spirit. In early 1998 while on the promotional tour for this album he was almost killed in an autowreck returning to his native Sligo. He escaped from the burning car with a broken neck, all of which put his career in jeopardy. He ended up wearing a cranial halo for three months. After this incident Tommy was told there was a chance he may not be able to walk again. The woman who rescued Tommy at the time was his wife Tina. Tommy said "She took over my management and helped steer me in the right direction".
Sand & Water and The Contender were the two albums that followed Restless Spirit. The Contender brought Tommy back to the roots of traditional Irish music. The continued successes of his albums throughout 2000 and 2001 would lead to his first tour of Japan.
Voice of Hope (2005-2006)
On December 12, 2004, Tommy recorded a concert at Knock Shrine Basilica in Knock, County Mayo, This superb building has a capacity of 5,000 and had been host to Holy Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II on the pontiff's visit to Ireland in September 1979. Tommy's was the first concert of its kind to be held there. PBS began broadcasting the recording of the concert under the title Voice of Hope in the United States in August 2005. The estimated North American viewing audience was 100,000,000. Voice Of Hope was his first album to be released in North America.
A Life Like Mine (2006-2007)
In 2006 Tommy Fleming released his first studio album in 3 years, entitled A Life Like Mine, and it included songs that Tommy had wanted to record for some time, including Jimmy MacCarthy's "Mystic Lipstick" and Phil Coulter's "Scorn Not His Simplicity". The album went straight to number 5 in the Album charts. The following year he went on to release his second live album A Journey Home.
A Journey Home (2007-2008)
In 2007 Tommy recorded his new live show A Journey Home in Ireland’s National Events Centre Killarney to an audience of 2,000. It will be released on CD and DVD in 2008, and features twenty two songs from Irelands most celebrated and acclaimed writers and poets. "A Journey Home" includes classical Irish songs such as "The Cliffs Of Dooneen", "Isle Of Inisfree" and "Isle Of Hope, Isle Of Tears".
Current work (2008-present)
Upon the release of his live album A Journey Home Tommy Fleming was asked in an interview what would be next for him. He stated that he's going to work on his next studio album, as well as writing an autobiography.
It has been revealed by Tommy's official website that he will be releasing a new album in early November 2009. The new Christmas album will be titled Song For A Winter's Night.
- 1996 - Different Sides to Life
- 1997 - Sand and Water
- 1998 - Restless Spirit
- 2000 - The Contender
- 2003 - The Collection
- 2005 - A Voice of Hope
- 2006 - A Life Like Mine
- 2007 - A Journey Home
- 2009 - The Best Is Yet to Come
- 2009 - Song For A Winter's Night
- 2006 - A Very Special Christmas (single - with Moya Brennan)
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