- Tommy Fleming (musician)
Tommy Fleming was born in 1971 in
Aclare, County Sligo, Ireland. 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 Coulterin Westport, County Mayothat changed his career. Within a few short months of this meeting, he'd appeared at the Cork Opera House, and The National Concert Hallin Dublin. He then went on a tour of the United States, which included appearances at Carnegie Halland the Boston Symphony Hall.
After his return to
Ireland, he joined the group De Dannan. ( Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, and Dolores Keanehad 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 left De Dannan in 1996 to pursue a solo career. His 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.
"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
December 12, 2004, Tommy recorded a concert at Knock Shrine Basilicain Knock, County Mayo, This superb building has a capacity of 5,000 and had been host to Holy Masscelebrated by Pope John Paul IIon the pontiff's visit to Irelandin September 1979. Tommy's was the first concert of its kind to be held there. PBSbegan broadcasting the recording of the concert under the title Voice of Hopein the United Statesin August 2005. The estimated North American viewing audience was 100,000,000.
A Life Like Mine
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 McCarthy'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
In 2007 Tommy recorded his new live show "A Journey Home" in Ireland’s National Events Centre
Killarneyto 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".
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