Multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer and songwriter Tom Portman is based in the west of Ireland. Playing acoustic/electric guitar, Dobro & other strings, Tom presents a wide repertoire.‘A softly spoken singer songwriter who can sing the blues with the best …his guitar was an extension of himself. ..a spirit of true Irish blues throughout his work… Adrian Lavelle, Spirit of Voice (http://www.spiritofvoice.com/pagex.asp?bioid=36781)Over the past decade Tom Portman has been a consistent eclectic and prolific force in Irish music. With 3 solo albums to his name, there’s a wide range to his work – from the Blues, Irish melodies through bluegrass to Indian ragas. The Journey (2007), At One (2011), and his latest release, Float Your Blues Away (2013) all showcase his talent with the Dobro, guitar and his deft songwriting.
With a musicianship appreciated by many artists, he’s supported the likes of Eric Bibb and Preston Reed and has performed alongside a long list of musical greats from Sharon Shannon, Roesy, Mundy, Charis, Peader King, Magda Piscorczyk (PL) to John Smith (UK). A long list of album collaborations offers a testament to his versatility.
Tom’s music is becoming renowned both in Ireland and abroad. The last years saw him tour Poland, France, and India – playing with a plethora of acts, in tandem with his own captivating one-man shows. He’s just recently finished a tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria with Louisiana slide player Dege Legg who’s music featured in Tarranino’s latest film ‘Django Unchained’. Well worth checking out.
‘Sounds great; very interesting chord lines and use of space’. Guitarist, Dennis Cahil
‘Fascinating…he absolutely captivated me’ John Richards, Galway Bay FM
All three of Tom’s solo albums; The Journey (2007), At One (2011), and his latest release, Float Your Blues Away (2013) are self-released and available through this website or at concerts.
In addition Portman teaches instrumental classes in Galway through the GTI and ‘Maoin Ceol’ School of Music and has given Dobro and Guitar workshops in the Belfast Metropolitan College, Galway Access Music Project and at the Krakow Blues Festival.