The Ural Winter suits my clothes…

Therapy?/AU Magazine Album of the Year

January 10th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m pleased and honoured that The Ural Winter made numner 3 in Michael McKeegan’s (Therapy?) top 5 on AU Magazine’s Albums of 2012 poll. When I was a teenager, a Screamager if you will, Therapy? were my favourite band and I still have enormous love & respect for their music so this has has an added significance for me. I’m genuinely moved.

Thank you, Michael.


Another Album of the Year 2012…

December 21st, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Joe Lindsay, broadcaster, DJ, television personality and all-round nice chap has named #TheUralWinter his album of the year. :)

“Tom McShane’s Ural Winter was a breathtaking album, ambitious concept and has an intimacy and atmosphere rarely heard. I fell in love with it on first listen.”

Thank you, Joe.

Culture Northern Ireland Best of 2012 List

December 20th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Culture Northern Ireland include #TheUralWinter in their Best of 2012 round-up…

“Recorded with a 13 piece band in front of a live audience at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, brass, strings, piano, guitars and drums cushion McShane’s warm, intimate voice as he lays bare his heart and delivers as devastatingly honest a record as has been produced anywhere on these islands.”

Click here to read the full article…

Thank you to James Meredith for the kind words…


Christmas Show at Love & Death with Tucan, 23rd December

December 12th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’ll be performing with Tucan in Love and Death, Ann St Belfast on Sunday 23rd December. Doors open at 20:30 and tickets are £7!


The Ural Winter Reviewed by MEG.ie

November 27th, 2012 Posted in Reviews, Uncategorized, releases | No Comments »

Irish arts & culture website MEG.ie have published a lovely review of The Ural Winter.

“In every sense possible, this feels like a very genuine, candid and intimate piece of work. Written both during and in the wake of a tumultuous and difficult period of his life, the songs are achingly personal and revealing. The fuzzy edges and raw energy of the live setting seep through every note, giving them all a refreshingly unpolished, uncontrived personality.”

Read the full review here.

Thank you to Orlaith Grehan for the kind words.


Belfast Music Week Showcase Review

November 13th, 2012 Posted in Reviews, gigs | No Comments »

It was a pleasure and a privilege to perform at Belfast Music Week. Thank you to all of you who crammed into Katy’s Bar to see us play and apologies to those who tried to get but couldn’t.

State Magazine were there to document the event and their review is now online. Of our set they have this to say;

” Singer-songwriter Tom McShane and his band set up in an extremely cramped Katy Daly’s to perform tracks from his recently released debut album The Ural Winter. McShane’s retro style of ’50s Americana suits the intimate setting and vice versa; it’s easy to imagine the understated charm of songs like ‘Fighter’ going down well in a distant Speakeasy, and McShane’s subtle storytelling and stage presence are all too capable of taking you there. The buzz around the Dundrum native may have died down somewhat since his album release, but he surely stands as one of the country’s brighter stars right now.”

Thank you to Andrew Lemon for the review. You can read the complete review of the event here.


Belfast Music Week

October 31st, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am very excited to announce that I will be performing two shows as part of Belfast Music Week.

On Wednesday 7th November I’ll be playing an In-Store at HMV Belfast. This is a free event kicking off at 12.30.

On Thursday 8th November I’ll be performing at the Belfast Music Week Showcase. This is the main Music Week event and will take place across the three Limelight venues.

There are many, many wonderful events over the course of the week and for more info on those click here.


Irish Times’ New Found Sounds Podcast

September 1st, 2012 Posted in Recording, releases | No Comments »

Many thanks to Aoife Barry of The Irish Times for including The Ural Winter’s title track in her New Found Sounds podcast.

Check it out here!


“The Ural Winter”: A Story of Creative Risk…

August 23rd, 2012 Posted in Recording, Reviews, gigs, releases, sessions | No Comments »

There is an article about creation of The Ural Winter on Tracy Dempsey’s Dream It, Do It, Love It blog of her Soul Ambition website. Tracy was at the recording sessions for the record and gives her inside perspective on the experience.

Read the article here…


17 Seconds Review The Ural Winter

July 29th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Awesome Scottish Music Blog, 17 Seconds have written a lovely review of The Ural Winter.

“…It’s brilliant. Songs like ‘Love Is Hard’ and the title are not just haunting songs, but the way they have been recorded and performed leaves you with a feeling of something very special and different. Produced by Tom with Rocky O’Reilly, the effect is that of a lo-fi Phil Spector. It’s an intimate wall of sound -and comparisons may very reasonably drawn with the likes of eagleowl and Low. And as songs like ‘One Man Band’ demonstrate, many many moments of loveliness lie within.”

You can read the complete review here.

Many thanks to Ed Jupp for the kind, kind words.