Tom Acton

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The Essence

“To be true to yourself is both rewarding and challenging”

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 and 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, Belgium.

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 tracks available online:

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 tracks available online:

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 ( The Hill Of Women tracks are available online:


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Over the years I’ve had some wonderful assistance from friends.
they also helped determine the colour and atmosphere of the CD.

Down The Irish Gravel Road

Tom’s most recent album picked up nicely in the USA and got great response.
A wonderful collection of uplifting and poetic tracks, best of Ton Acton so far!
We’ve also recently refreshed the design of the sleeve.

Down The Irish Gravel Road –  Sligo Fair

Down The Irish Gravel Road –  The Water Song

Down The Irish Gravel Road  –  Here’s To

Down The Irish Gravel Road –  Lissadell

The Hill of Women

Born out of a fruitful cooperation between Tom and Jules Bitter – a Dutch flute & whistle player.

The CD features music, song & poetry in a wonderful mix of Celticness…

The Hill of Women – The Song of Wandering Aengus

The Hill of Women –Bucks of Oranmore

The Hill of Women – Bog of Ceide / Logh Gowna

The Hill of Women – The Healing / Women of Ireland

The Hill of Women – Logh Mask

The Hill of Women – Swallows Tail / Farewell To Erin

Dark River Tumblin'

Tom’s first album is still enjoyed by many! It features powerful songs and melodies – check it out below…

Dark river Tumbling – Four Gypsies

Dark river Tumbling – The Donegal Rambler

Dark river Tumbling – Love Is No Permanent State

Dark river Tumbling – Spell Sender

Dark river Tumbling – Dancing In The Summer Rain

Dark river Tumbling – Who’s Gonna Love You?

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