Tom Acton comes from Dublin, he is a singer-songwriter/published poet/produced playwright. Whereas his inspiration is rooted in The Irish Tradition and Culture, his musical influences are many are varied, believing that the present and tradition in music add to each other. His songs draw on/contemporary Folk/Alt Country style and Pop Folk Rock, all reaching back to traditional folk music, which is always embedded in his music .
Tom has been playing his music for over twenty years, sometimes solo, in a duo,or with a full band. After a short stint playing around folk Clubs in Dublin and London, he became a rambling Irishman moving around Europe, playing mainly Irish traditional music and contemporary folk. Together with a friend, he set up a music club in Holland, booking many International top acts including , Martin Carty UK, Paul Brady, Ireland, and country singer/songwriter Derroll Adams, from Portland USA, then living in Antwerp.
Unable to stay put for long Tom accepted an offer to share a small tour with the late banjo player Derroll Adams. Gigging with Derroll brought Tom in contact with the great country of America. Derroll has recorded and gigged with Rambling Jack Ellott and is featured in the Bob Dylan Doc, ‘Don't look back’
2004 saw the release of his debut album: 'Dark River Tumbling' containing 12 original contemporary folk songs, accompanied by 8 top musicians. This album is distributed by Claddagh Records Ireland/ and Online: www.cdbaby.com/artist/tomacton
In 2009 Tom put out a new CD: 'Down The Irish Gravel Road' 14 original songs accompanied by top musicians.Down The Irish Gravel Road pays homage to the rich culture of Ireland, finding inspiration in its writers and musicians, from the 17th century Dublin playwright/poet/ Richard Brinsley Sheridan to the travelling pipe player Johnny Doran. (1907-1950) and beyond. This album is released and distributed by New Folk Records USA and available online: www.cdbaby.com/artist/tomacton
In 2010 ‘The Hill Of Women’ was recorded. A new surpising CD of Irish instrumentals & spoken word / poetry based on the Celtic World. Poetry accompanied by music, in partnership with flute player Jules Bitter (whistle-flute.com). The Hill Of Women, is available on: www.cdbaby.com