An intimate acoustic evening with songsmith, broadcaster, activist and raconteur Tom Robinson.
This thoughtful show revisits the back catalogue of a master craftsman. Little-known gems sit alongside classics such as War Baby, Glad to Be Gay and 2-4-6-8 Motorway - interspersed with hilarious anecdotes from five decades on the wilder fringes of the music industry.
Unreserved Seating: £35.00
Born in 1950, Tom was mentored by Alexis Korner and first discovered by Ray Davies, who produced his debut album with Café Society back in 1975. His musical journey has included getting banned by the BBC for being Glad To be Gay, fighting fascism alongside The Clash, playing Glastonbury with Peter Gabriel, writing lyrics for Elton John, drug smuggling in East Germany, two nervous breakdowns and a period in tabloid hell after falling in love with a woman.
Since Tom’s 1978 breakthrough album Power In The Darkness supported causes like Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International, some reviewers have noted similar ‘extreme political views’ in several songs on the new record. “It’s odd” muses Robinson “that nowadays believing
in fairness, tolerance and justice seems to make you an extremist.”
Tom and his band played a series of festivals in summer 2015 including Glastonbury, Latitude and Green Man. These were followed by their 15 date Mighty Sword Of Justice tour with Kitten Pyramid through October and November, plus four intimate acoustic end-of-year shows in December.
Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.
Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.
St Mary’s Church