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  • "Beautiful material…Tom possesses a unique outlook and open-hearted vision in his music…with razor sharp lyrics and stories that flow crystal clear, Tom is
    a song writing Wizard….” – Ryan Weber, The Weber Brothers, 2019.

 

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, Canada at the tender 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. Tom has had three of his original songs featured on CBC National radio, has been included in PBS's primetime television show Roadtrip Nation, and has had each of his last three albums chart on !earshot charts for Canadian Community radio stations.

Between the years of 1996 and 2001 Tom wrote, performed, and recorded with his twin brother Rob Eastland in the band 101. With 101, Tom Eastland produced two original CDs, including 1997’s, ThanksGivingDay, recorded by Juno award-winner Willie P. Bennett.

Tom has performed hundreds of times over four decades at pubs , clubs and folk festivals across Canada and internationally, from Russia to Australia to Cuba.

Tom Eastland Triage adds Myke Mazzei and Susanne Kozo, who bring surprising and complex instrumentation and vocals, and decades of performance experience. Three voices, two guitars, a magic squeezebox, and a wide and wild variety of folk-rock-roots tunes. 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






 

 

 

 


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