Tom Mills – “Full Strings Ahead”
This style of music is popular amongst guitar players worldwide including those famous for playing “air-tap” and “harp guitar” styles of opening tuning like Andy McKee and Don Ross (Candy Rat Records – Australia). You will find many a musician using these tunings at festivals in North America including our own Celtic-Colours.
If you are interested in learning this style of guitar playing, shoot Tom a message. He’d only be too happy to help you or point you in the right direction in order to get started with lessons or basic YouTube DADGAD videos.
This new instrumental CD features several original guitar pieces written in “Open C” and “DADGAD” open guitar tunings. For previous recordings by Tom check below. Contact Tom at email@example.com to purchase a copy of the new CD or any of his previous recordings.
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Listen To A Couple Tracks From the New CD “Full Strings Ahead”…..
This type of open-tuning music is great for concerts or backing tracks for Documentaries, TV or Commercials.
If you want to use any of Tom’s tracks for TV or Commercial backing tracks, contact Tom at email@example.com to get the digital publishing rights.
Songs of Steel Coal & Protest
Protest Songs Project.. Tom was asked to re-record his song “Steel Winds” for the “Songs of Steel, Coal, & Protest” album released in 2016 by Richard MacKinnon (CBU professor).
It tells stories about the struggles to survive strikes and hard times, the courage of workers wives, the fight by trade unionists and the oppression of international company owners. It is a collaboration between Richard MacKinnon and Cape Breton musicians to record and promote songs of steel, mining and protest songs of the region (Cape Breton) – http://protestsongs.ca
This is part two of a program to preserve, promote and make available the steel, mining and protest songs of the region. It tells stories about the struggles to survive strikes and hard times, the courage of workers wives, the fight by trade unionists and the oppression of international company owners.
In 2012, the Centre released the CD “Cape Breton Island Protest Songs, Volume 1” along with an accompanying web site (www.protestsongs.ca). It was also a collaboration between MacKinnon and Cape Breton musicians to record songs that were originally published in Cape Breton newspapers such as the Maritime Labour Herald, The Steelworker and the Steelworker and Miner from the 1920s through to the 1950s. MacKinnon found the words and the musicians created the arrangements and music.
Tom’s Previous Work.. 8 years with WILLS ADDICTION playing After-Work-Party sing-along roots style sessions, festivals and concerts all over the Maritimes! Wills Addiction (Tom Mills / Phillip Williams) play a very upbeat Maritime Roots style of music and cover such artists as Stan Rogers, Jimmy Rankin, Great Big Sea, Tim O’Brien, and Dave Gunning along with a complete album of original music.
Tom Mills and Philip Williams first met at a house party in Westmount in 2008 across the water from the Big Fiddle in Sydney. After playing together until the wee hours of the morning, they realized they had a passion for the same type of song. So “Wills Addition” was born. It is a match which was meant to be. The harmony and multi use of instruments is a delight to both the young and the old.
Hard work and determination over a three year period brought forth this, their first CD. Some of the songs will be familiar, but with a mix of their own material including one about the Big Fiddle, which towers over the beautiful harbor of Sydney. They proved that if there is a “Will” there is a way. Both armed with a “GET ER DONE” attitude made this dream come true. So sit back and enjoy “Wills Addition” and you too will be truly addicted. The guys are best known for their strong harmony vocals as well as multi-instrumental work on guitar, mandolin, & banjo.
The Mizzen Men
Tom recorded and played with the local Maritime group “The Mizzen Men” (Wayne Burke, Chris Burke, Ray Carrier, Tom Mills) back in 2007. The boys still get together from time to time and play private parties and festivals at various location throughout the Maritimes.
The group, which are all multi-instrumentalists, consists of Wayne Burke on Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar and Bodhran; Tom Mills on Lead Guitar, Mandola, and background/harmony vocals; and Ray Carrier on Bass Guitar, Harmonica’s, Whistles and background/harmony vocals… Their repertoire consists of many original compositions, rollicking Sea Shanty’s, haunting Folk songs, along with a wide variety of tunes from many genres… The Mizzen Men have been entertaining audiences all around Atlantic Canada since 1999, most recently at such venues as “The Stan Rogers Folk Festival”, “The 2006 East Coast Music Awards”, and the 2006 Canadian Country Music Awards”.
The lads have just completed recording their third and new CD “Folk Songs & Sea Shanty’s”, at The Sound Expression Studio’s in Lake Utopia, NB with Producer Christian Gay… With a busy and exciting summer ahead of them, The Mizzen Men plan to focus their efforts toward concerts and the Festival circuit, as this is where their true passion lies… Getting their audiences involved in their “Maritime Kitchen Party” shows, has made The Mizzen Men a favourite among convention organizers and concert goers all around the Maritimes… So prepare to tap your toes, clap your hands and sing along, as this trio invites you into their kitchen for a good ole’ fashion Maritime Ceilidh…
A Few of the Places where Tom Mills has play in recent years.. The Dobson Yacht Club, The Steel City, Boisdale Firehall (with Dave Gunning in 2012), the Highland Village Festival in Iona, Louisbourg Playhouse, Louisbourg Crabfest, Cape Breton Bikefest, Northside Exhibition, Cabot Trail Acoustic Festival, Acoustic Roots Festival Marion Bridge, Governor’s Pub, Crown n’ Moose Pub, and many more home concerts and private events throughout Nova Scotia!