THERE is little doubt that Tom Maxwell is one of the leading forces in today’s crop of balladeers.
One of just a handful of travelling bush balladeers still on the road full-time, Tom is not only living the dream, he is keeping alive an Australian way of life that has served to enshrine bush heritage.
Through hard work and sheer determination he has carved his niche in the Australian country music industry and has seen his fan base explode in recent times.
An accomplished entertainer, Tom has already released 11 successful albums and has made the finals in many of Australia’s Country Music Awards, including the Prestigious Star Maker and the Golden Guitars with his most recent nomination in 2014 for Bush Ballad of the Year.
In January 2010, Tom was inducted into the Hands of Fame Park in Tamworth, an honour awarded for services and contribution within the Australian country music industry.
Over the past decade, Tom has toured Australia extensively and still spends much of his time out on the road from cities to the outback, taking his style of music to his many fans.
It has been a remarkable achievement for someone with no musical background growing up in the small central west town of Warren, New South Wales.
Before becoming a recording artist, he experienced various occupations, like droving and station hand duties, to the grind of city factories, from Sydney to the bush.
Tom has a deep respect for the pioneering greats who have influenced his musical style.
His genuine attitude, easy going disposition and likeable nature, combined with his underlying passion and devotion to Australian music and its heritage, all contribute to the acceptance and adulation Tom receives.
Tom will be at the Rendelsham Community Hall for a concert next Thursday, June 12.
Starting at 7.30pm, the three hour show includes supper in the $20 admission price.
Tickets can be booked by contacting Lyn Brooks on 8735 4240.