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Dark River Tumbling

by Tom Acton

Folk Music at it's best. A wide selection of original Irish folk songs written in both comtemporary and traditional style. Accompanied by top award winning musicians. "BBC.UK: 'Tom Acton writes songs as if they've been around for hundreds of years'
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Four Gypsies
4:15 $0.99
2. Dan Breen
3:02 $0.99
3. Dark River Tumbling
5:46 $0.99
4. The Donegal Rambler
2:05 $0.99
5. Living For The Moment
3:52 $0.99
6. Love Is No Permanent State
3:27 $0.99
7. Travellers From The North
3:54 $0.99
8. Spell Sender
4:33 $0.99
9. Real Love
3:27 $0.99
10. Dancing In The Summer Rain
4:11 $0.99
11. Who's Gonna Love You?
2:37 $0.99
12. Doolin
2:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Words And Music
Music was always part of my life growing up in Ireland. My early influences began with the singing of my grandmother and father.
Later of course, the folk boom which swept Ireland. O'Donohues bar, in Dublin, where I grew up, was a great spot to sing and pick up new material from the countless musicians who played in the city. The Coffee Kitchen, Grapevine,and universal folk club also gave ample opporunity to loosen up the vocal chords.
The eighties launched my first song writing endeavours and set me on the road performing across Europe until finally settling in Holland where I am now based.
In 2001 after an invitation from The Oscar Wilde School
to participate in a poetry reading in The Chambers Of Commerce Dublin,,which resulted in my work being published in an anthology of Irish poets,I was pulled emotionally and
creatively back to Ireland. One of the results of this experience is this CD: Dark River Tumbling.
A selection of songs I enjoy writing. Accompanied by established musicians (Aidan Burke, Fiddle) to name one, was more than an inspiration to get the songs down. I wish you the same pleasure in listening as I have when I delve into the rich and living folk tradition of Ireland, a tradition handed down to us from the bardic school and still very much alive today. Irish music is firmly rooted in solid ground, constantly revolving, without going too far from the source from whence it came. The rambling poets of Ireland.



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BBC Folk Roots. Johnny Coppin

"Tom Acton writes songs as if they've been around for hundreds of years, really good songwriting"
"Considering the quality of the songs, this album will do well"
Johnny Coppin. BBC, Folk Roots

Eleanor McEvoy. Irelands' no 1 female songwriter.

" I find Tom's Acton's combination of poetry and music brilliant"
Tom Acton's combination of music and poetry on Dark River Tumbling is just Brilliant"

Eleanor McEvoy; Irealnd's no 1 female songwriter. Writer of best selling album in Irish music history.

annek rasink

gorgeous after a long days work,beautifull atmosphere
A soothing voice brings me in a pleasant atmosphere. It's verry up to date and still authentically Irish.
I'ld love to have the words

Colm Mitchell

Tom Acton captures in words and music an intriguing balance of self penned conte
From first listening to this album one should be struck by the inherent spirit of the genuine Irish ballad tradition flowing through the music and words of Dark River Tumbling. Tom Acton captures in words and music an intriguing mixture of self penned contemporary songs with strong folk traditional themes . What makes these songs work so well are the blending of honest and imaginative works from the perspective of the emigrant troubadour beautifully captured on Travellers from the North and also to the fore in the well crafted title track Dark River Tumbling. Another feature of success in this album is the feeling of rapport that the musicians have with the songwriter ,definetly a happy band sound. Other highlights from this highly recommended album are Dancing in the Summer Rain and the bright melodic catchiness of the parting track Doolin. I look forward to hearing more from this highly imaginative and promising artist , definetly a name to check out in 2005.

Country Gazette. NR 342 June/July issue

Songs from a true troubadour underlined by a longing for Ireland.
Dark River Tumbling is an honest outpouring from a wandering Irish troubadour. Backed up by top established musicians Tom Acton does more than justice to the rich folk heritage of Ireland blending in more up to day sounds.
All in all a truly beautiful folk album

New Folk Sounds 2005

Dark River Tumbling: Fine imaginative songwriting
This Album offers a wide selection of original folk songs with a strong Irish flavour. Drawing inspiration from a living folk tradition of Ireland yet mindful of the revolving folk influences of today: Dark River Tumbling
sits comfortably between the old and new and keeps it fresh.