Born in 1950, Tom first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band. TRB’s best known hits were 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Don’t Take No For An Answer, Glad To Be Gay and Up Against The Wall. The band were also early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International, and their debut album Power In The Darkness went gold in the UK and Japan.
Between 1975 and 2001 Tom has released 19 albums with various bands, and co-written songs with Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché among others. As a solo artist he had further solo UK hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio (co-written with Peter Gabriel).
Now a full-time broadcaster with BBC Radio 6 Music, he hosts the new music blog Fresh On The Net, and is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee. In October 2015 Tom released Only The Now – his first new album in nearly 20 years – recorded with award winning producer and multi instrumentalist Gerry Diver.
The record was made possible by the friends, fans and supporters who joined his PledgeMusic campaign during the year. It can be heard on Spotify and is available to buy via iTunes, Amazon and direct from Tom’s own web store.
Tom and his band played a series of festivals in Summer 2015 including Glastonbury, Latitude and Green Man. These are followed by their 15 date Mighty Sword Of Justice tour with Kitten Pyramid through October and November, plus four intimate acoustic end-of-year shows in December.