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Tom Doughty

April 29, 2011 @ 8:00 pm11:30 pm

Concert special – Tom Doughty

Tom Doughty played his own unique style of acoustic lap guitar. Woody Mann describes Tom’s music as “…coming from that natural place great music comes from – personal expression, honest and right from the heart. The music just flows. He uses his unique set of circumstances as an opportunity to explore the limitless possibilities of making music”.

Tom Doughty slide guitar at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Tom Doughty – regarded by many as one of the World’s best slide guitar players

About Tom Doughty

Tom is a lap slide guitarist, composer, teacher, singer songwriter, inventor sort of a bloke, who likes to solve a problem or two. His music is both rooted in early blues and bang up to date – always searching for the next boundary to push.Such enthusiasm ensures a unique and recognisable sound. Tom Doughty’s web site.

‘Whether Tom is playing his own music, Americana, early Blues, Folk, Jazz, Indian or just improvised, you can tell its him, often from the first few notes, its him you hear and there’s not another Doughty.’
Pie Man, Walker.

In 1974, Tom was involved in a traffic accident that caused the permanent spinal injury. This put paid to his guitar playing exploits because Tom has no movement in the fingers of his left hand and a very primitive claw movement in the right, but he recalls playing guitar all the time. ‘In my head of course; not literally, but it was there. I would listen to music as I always had, and start to work out the guitar parts, chord structures or accompaniments in my head. It was just something I did – in silence’.

Sometime around 1990, Tom took a previously redundant guitar off the wall hanger and placed it on his lap. He used a tube on his forefinger which he dangled on the strings. Soon, he adapted picks with twists and turns in them to hit the strings at the correct angle, raised the nut, put weight into the tube and embarked upon, which was for him, a totally new approach to guitar playing. The catalyst for this Eureka moment was hearing a song called ‘Louise’ from an album called ‘Greenhouse’ by Leo Kottke. ‘It’s the first track on the album and as soon as I heard that sound, I knew I had to somehow be able to play again; there was no doubt in my mind’.

Thus a journey started; and for several years, Tom went his own sweet way learning all sorts of different tunes from Folk to Blues to Jazz to Pop.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was be £10 for members and £11 for non-members. The event started at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.

The Hinckley ACT

Based in the Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Hinckley ACT is a high quality music venue that offers an informal and intimate atmosphere for concerts and for the monthly club nights, where musicians can come along  and ‘take the stage.’  Established by company chairman, Keith London, on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling (A.C.T.), the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.

There is a licensed bar and ample free car parking.
Telephone 01455 631 609 and ask for Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk


April 29, 2011
8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
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