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Tom, born and raised in Scarborough, comes from a musical family. His father is well known local folk singer and guitarist - Vince Townsend. Tom first started playing the guitar at the age of nine and played his first gig at the age of eleven, in the Jolly Roger Public House in Eastborough (now re-named the Merchant).
In his teens he played regularly with his father's bands and in a number of other local combos before turning professional at the age of twenty. For a period he played in a local hip hop band named "Frequency", before forming his own blues band, appropriately named "The Lost Blues Club", in 2002. This band played regularly around Scarborough and the North of England for the next six years, gaining a good reputation for it's sympathetic treatment of traditional blues numbers.
Tom has been mainly influenced by the more traditional members of the blues community including Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and BB King rather than more contemporary favourites. He also loves to listen to soul performers such as Stevie Wonder and Booker T and the MGs.
Tom has toured extensively in the UK and Indonesia and recently completed a four week tour of the UK and Northern Ireland with the Indonesian guitarist Gugan. This tour incorporated gigs at the Colne Blues Festival and the Big River Blues Festival in Belfast, during which he played with the legendary Steve Cropper.
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