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Single review: Tom Baxter’s ‘Black Are the Gypsy Horses’

By Lloyd Wakeling, Rock At Night Manchester


Let’s face it, a good song is a good song, is a good song, and wow, is Tom Baxter’s newly released song ‘Black are the gypsy horses’ a good song. Expertly and perfectly stripped bare, it evoked memories of those minstrels who take their wares to far off places, sitting in bar corners and whimsically telling their stories to no one and anyone. Baxters guitar plays a merry dance and invites the listener to trust in each word, for they are truthful, dreamlike and beautiful. With traces of Nick Drake and even Glen Campbell, the song tempts you to walk besides its imagery and I know, deep down, the more I hear it, the more it will tempt me.

018 UK/IRE Dates

Sept 29 | The Black Box, Belfast |
Sept 30 | The Grand Social, Dublin |
Oct 1 | Roisin Dubh, Galway |
Oct 2 | Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick |
Oct 4 | INEC Killarney Acoustic Club, Poulnamuck |
Oct 5 | De Barra’s, Clonakilty |
Oct 6 | Triskel Christchurch, Cork |
Oct 7 | Spirit Store, Dundalk |
Oct 13 | The Ropewalk, Barton |
Oct 14 | Live Room, Shipley |
Oct 15 | St Mary’s Church, Beverley |
Oct 17 | ARC, Stockton |
Oct 18 | Glee Club Studio, Nottingham |
Oct 19 | Worthing Pier, Worthing |
Oct 21 | Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury |
Oct 26 | The Grand, Clitheroe |
Oct 27 | South Beach Hotel, Troon |
Oct 28 | The Caves, Edinburgh |
Oct 29 | Lemon Tree, Aberdeen |
Oct 30 | Oran Mor, Glasgow |
Nov 2 | The Stables, Milton Keynes |
Nov 3 | The Hat Club, Beaconsfield |
Nov 4 | Chapel Arts, Bath |
Nov 6 | Union Chapel, London |
Nov 7 | Glee Club Main Room, Birmingham |
Nov 8 | Selby Town Hall, Selby |
Nov 21 | St David’s Hall, Cardiff |
Nov 22 | RNCM, Manchester |
Nov 24 | Kings Somborne Village Hall, Kings Somborne |
Nov 26 | Town Hall, Leeds |
Nov 27 | Corn Exchange, Cambridge |


Lloyd Wakeling
About Lloyd Wakeling (15 Articles)
The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…

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