Tom Eastland has had three of his original songs featured on National CBC radio, and each of his last three albums have charted on !earshot charts for Canadian community radio stations. Tom Eastland Triage adds the Mystical Myke Mazzei and Mighty Susanne Kozo, who bring delicious harmonies and instrumentation, and decades of performance experience. The three have performed together throughout southern Ontario for over five years, and have developed a deep body of family-friendly original, traditional, and popular favourite songs in the folk-rock-roots styles. Three voices, two guitars, a magic squeezebox, and a wide and wild variety of our best folk-rock-roots tunes.
Tom Eastland is an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter and poet currently based in Peterborough, Canada. Tom celebrates music as a vital way to transcend borders and build community. Born in Hawaii and raised around the United States until landing in Ottawa at the age of ten, Tom started out in music at the age of 18 as a “smart-ass poet with a guitar, questionable musical ability and a peculiar voice”. Through over 30 years of dedication to the craft of songwriting and enduring commitment to public performance, Tom has developed a compelling vocal style as well as an extensive repertoire of original music, rich in imagery, emotion and humour. Tom's songs chart the distances between grief and joy; between an endangered meadow and the urban jungle; between a bullfrog on prozac and a cat in heat. Folk music with an edge and some howling growl, and folk-rock music with depth and tenderness.
Tom has performed hundreds of times at pubs, clubs and folk festivals across Canada and internationally, from Russia to Australia to Cuba. His songs have earned national airplay on Canada's CBC Radio, have charted on Canada's !earshot charts for community radio, and been included in PBS's primetime television show Roadtrip Nation .
Between the years of 1996 and 2001 Tom wrote, performed, and recorded with his twin brother Rob Eastland in the band 101. With aspirations of venturing into the world of professional music, they produced two original CDs: 1997’s ThanksGivingDay, recorded by Juno award-winner Willie P. Bennett, and 1999’s Fully Bugged. With Fully Bugged, 101 moved from their folk roots to a more aggressive, full “bug rock” sound to explore even deeper angst and lust than could be expressed with acoustic instruments. 101 continues to be played on Canada’s CBC and college radio stations.
With twin brother Rob on sabbatical from music, Tom released his first solo album, Better Get a Mirror in 2003. This was a return to his gentler side yet still feeding the need for imaginative material that goes beyond the modern pop paradigm. Tom Eastland’s 2005 release Mot, contains a CD with fourteen songs ranging from tough love to simple joy. Also included is a DVD of three videos peppered with scenes and characters from his hometown of Peterborough that contain only one display of jewelry, one angry stare, and only one brief scene of a scantily clad woman. Saving Graces CD was born in 2012.
While simmering up their next batch of original tunes with the help of the Weber brothers and the Browne brothers, Tom Eastland Triage released a CD of mostly cover songs in the summer of 2018 called Serious Fun. “As a professional music reviewer, it is my professional imperative to turn up my nose at cover albums...but by the time the new album from Peterborough's Tom Eastland Triage reached "Log Driver's Waltz," the last of my snobbery was finally chipped away, and I was left with only a wide, silly grin on my face... in the hands of veteran local musician Tom Eastland, playing with Myke Mazzei and Susanne Kozo, they take on a light and joyful air... his band lends the covers the air of a carefree East Coast kitchen party.
Gabe Pollock, Electric City Magazine