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Tom Copson’s two-night stand

Tom Copson

Tom Copson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Kerry Divine described his music as “heart-aching lyrics and a voice that will make you want to sit in a bath of Cadbury’s caramel”, which practically sums up the warmth that TomCopson’s music oozes.

It’s a characteristic he has had time to develop, given his career started out when he was just 16 years old. Having established himself on the Cambridge scene, he formed a band to expand his musical possibilities, later merging with them and gigging under the collective name of ‘eske’.

The band gained a lotof on-the-road experiencesupporting the likes of Editors, Jose Gonzalez, Scott Matthews and Jamie T which, boosted by the release of an EP and a single, landed them an opportunity to relocate to Surrey to develop their music and record further material.

In 2008, Copson revived his solo career, playing a number of warm-up gigs that soon led to new recordings, an initial tour and, spurred on by the positive response he was getting, the decision to spend the rest of the year gigging around the UK.

By the following year, he had reclaimed Cambridge as his base and written several new songs, some of which he recorded and released as a four-track EP titled Will My Soul Still Make It Home?, others he tried and tested on the streets during the occasional busking session.

In the course of seeking to develop his sound further,Copson has performed some important gigs, among them a support slot for Jon Allen at The Junction in Cambridge and several appearances at Tony Moore’s acclaimed London venues The Regal Room andThe Bedford.

With a solid band to back him up, Copson took on more gigs, released a live EP throughChiwawa Records and also started to work on a proper album.

The album, slated for release early next year, is being produced by Stu Reid (of Joyzipper and Duran Duran fame) and marks the beginning of a new chapter in Copson’s career.

Copson will be performing a solo acoustic set at the Coach and Horses in Msida on Saturday and next Sunday. Entrance is €6 and early booking is advised due to limited capacity. Tickets will also be available at the door (subject to availability).

www.tomcopson.com

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