Tom McGuinness (Guitar)
Songwriter, author, record & TV producer, Tom McGuinness has retained and steadily enhanced his profile over the years. In 1979, the same man who introduced him to the Manfreds, Paul Jones, called Tom with another proposition - The Blues Band. It was an enjoyable and surprisingly durable return to their roots, which continues apace, but the reformation of the Manfreds for Tom's 50th birthday at London's The Town & Country Club in 1991 completed the circle - those Manfreds' songs were just too good to be left on a shelf marked 'nostalgia' ....
On his first solo album, Tom McGuinness, released October 2001: "I'm always writing songs and over the years I've built up quite a stock-pile of un-recorded material. For some time I'd had the feeling that I'd like to record my own album and a couple of things came together to push me finally into doing it. Firstly, we were touring Australia a couple of years back with The Manfreds and a man came up to me after one of our gigs. After saying a couple of nice things about the show he then said, in that direct way they have down-under, "You're a good guitarist. It's about time you did a solo album". He made me feel really lazy. After all, I have spent nearly 40 years as a working musician without doing my own album. So that got me thinking. The second factor which got me enthused was working with Marcus Cliffe. He'd recently joined The Manfreds on bass and although there is a generation between us, we really hit it off musically. We went into his studio and just the two of us laid down the album. It took about 3 weeks from beginning to end and was a lot of fun. It was great to find that so many ideas I had on paper or in my head worked so well in the studio. I suspect I might never have got down to doing it if it hadn't been for Marcus. The only problem is that he is already nagging me to start the follow-up!"
The Lyle McGuinness Band
In the early 70s Tom had worked with Graham Lyle in the short-lived but successful band McGuinness Flint. Then in 1980 they got together again to write some songs for The Blues Band. It soon became clear that a lot of the material wasn't right for the band so they decided to make an album. Elise Elise was released first on Coolking Records, then a few years ago Roger Dopson put it out on Diamond Recordings.
It's a low key project, just Graham, Tom and a few old friends ... Hughie Flint on drums, Chrissie Stewart on bass and Alan Dunn on accordian, keyboards and tin-whistle. Some of the songs have had a life of their own. Christy Moore recorded Darling Man aka Sweet Music Roll On when Hughie brought it to his attention. The Furys did Irish Eyes and in 1999 Don Williams recorded Elise.
Tom considers this album to be one of his all-time favourites.