tom griffin is an oxford-based singer songwriter and proponent of his own self-styled "urban folk-blues".
tom draws inspiration from the delta, chicago and texas blues, to hendrix, stevie ray vaughan and pink floyd to artists such as ray la montagne, the civil wars, gary clark jr, billy bragg and lead belly. however his sound is more than the sum of these influences, performing with a unique passion and intensity.
growing up in hereford, tom started to learn guitar at the age of 12. heavily influenced by music of the skateboarding scene, tom would play with his bandmates making rough recordings on an old 4-track and playing school talent shows. tom's first studio experience came at the age of 15 where he recorded a two song demo with his band.
upon leaving school, tom joined the army which led to his training as an engineer. tom's passion for music never dwindled and he would often seek solace during long periods away from home by writing and playing his music. when tom left the army, he relocated to oxford and began his training as a teacher. it was in the city of "dreaming spires" where tom was inspired to start performing live.
tom has since started steady gigging, playing his own headline performances, local festivals and been a featured support act for well-known local blues acts and the likes of gerry colvin. a unique and intimate gig in the south oxfordshire countryside during the summer of 2017 resulted in tom's debut album release, "live @ the yurt", showcasing his ability as a songwriter and also his own interpretations of the music that inspires him.
most recently, tom released his first e.p., "feelin' the pinch" consisting of 5 self-penned originals which has been met with positive reception through a hometown launch gig in hereford and a feature on bbc introducing.