We'll try to bring you a proper update soon!
It has been a while since we posted here, and that is largely because Tom had his busiest November and December to date! There is no point in reporting back on the many gigs he performed, although a special mention should go out to the Maggie's Christmas Carol Concert in Jesmond. This was the second such concert and if anything it was even better than the first. Maggie's Centre does an amazing job offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Tom has sung at both concerts, and last month he also provided the Post Concert - Concert! Whilst people ate their once pies and drank a glass of wine, Tom entertained. If you missed it, watch out for next year's concert - it's a really lovely occasion supported by some high profile North East Business people, and some fantastic entertainers, choirs etc.
Tom also sang at a number of his regular venues - Davanti Classico, Davanti Italia, Horton Grange, La Torre, Lollo Rosso Italia, Vercelli's, Sanderson Arcade, as well as at a number of private functions. If you came along - thank you, we hope you enjoyed it! If not, why not?
New Year's Eve was at Vercelli's in Hexham, and as you may know, Tom lost his voice on the night. It's a singer's worst nightmare, and we only established he had no voice at 6:30pm on the night. Apart from a couple of croaky lines of Auld Lang Syne, Tom could only provide a DJ service - an almost silent one. He did manage to dance with some of the revellers. We are so sorry to all who came, although a fantastic night still ensued, we can only imagine how good it would have been with Tom in full voice. Fortunately most of you know what a great night it usually is at Vercelli - especially when Tom is singing! So we look forward to seeing you all at his gigs there throughout 2016 and, yes, on New Year's Eve 2016! He will be back and we aim to make this one the best New Year's Eve ever!
Meanwhile, Tom is back in action on Saturday 23rd January at Lollo Rosso Italia. Book your table now at what is THE place in Morpeth.
If you haven't caught Tom there yet, he is next there on 13th December - book your table now! Meanwhile, he is back at the wonderful new Lollo Rosso in Morpeth on Saturday 7th November and Friday 13th November. See you all somewhere soon?
All the gigs were great fun. Tom helped raise £1,100 at Stocksfield Golf Club for MIND - well done to Richie Armstrong who went on to run in the Great North Run, again. Ali and Richie were kind enough to say "Tom was great at our charity night – he fitted into the venue well and helped getting all the guests involved with his fantastic voice and personality! A must for every night to get the audience involved!”
"Just wanted to thank you once again for making our wedding celebration on Sunday night at Barluga so amazing.
We had the best night, hope you enjoyed it too."
You can catch Tom next at La Torre in Bedlington on Friday 30th October and at Horton Grange Country House Hotel on Saturday 31st October. See you there!
The following night he was in Hexham at Vercelli for another great night, both in the restaurant and in the bar. It's always a fun (and late!) night with Louise and her staff at Vercelli's and Saturday was no different!
Wondering what all the fuss is about? Catch Tom for his Classical / Musical Theatre Repertoire in Morpeth Market Place on Sat 22nd August from 1pm - 4pm. Or book your table at La Torre, Bedlington for Fri 28th August or Davanti Italia for Sat 29th Aug. Hope to see you there!
Our thanks to one and all, and in particular congratulations to Louise and Dave Brown on reaching your Pearl Wedding Anniversary, and for having such a great party, that raised over £1,000 for charity! Tom acted as both entertainer and compère for the evening, a role he thoroughly enjoyed. Dave were kind enough to say:
"Thank you for your help in making Louise and my anniversary and Louises (forthcoming) birthday function a fantastic night last night. As always you stole the show and made it memorable for all the right reasons. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon"
Morpeth Market Place was great too! The Morpeth Town Team have organised Music in The Market Place each Saturday over the summer. Tom received so many lovely comments many of them on "Morpeth Matters", some of which we will post on the testimonials page soon.
Tom's next public performances are at Davanti Classico, Tynemouth on Friday 7th August and at Vercelli's, Hexham on Saturday 8th August. Details of Tom's forthcoming public gigs can be found here. For those of you who enjoyed Tom in the Market Place, why not come along to Horton Grange for an "Evening with Tom Wyllie" where he sings lots of his Classical/Musical Theatre/Easy Listening repertoire? He has dates there right through until next April.
And so, to next weekend. Tom is back at La Torre in Bedlington on Friday, and then helping with the celebrations at another Wedding Anniversary Party on Saturday.
At both gigs, Tom began with a bit of Classical Music (it always seems to surprise and delight in equal measure) before cranking things up, and eventually having the restaurant singing and dancing the night away. A highlight was watching Tom lead a conga around the restaurant on Friday! On happy diner told us that it was a better night than New Year's Eve!
So, why the "diggin" in the title? Well, there are many sides to our Tom, and he punctuated the two Whitley Lodge gigs with a week up at Bamburgh, participating in the Bamburg Research Project Archaeological dig. He was digging within the walls of the castle, and he chose a fantastic week for weather. They unearthed various anglo-saxon artefacts - ask Tom when you see him next, it's fascinating stuff. But if music is what you are after - you will be pleased to know, he will be returning to Davanti Italia, Whitley Lodge on Fridays 29th August and 5th September. Book your tables now! If that is too long to wait, he will be performing at Davanti Classico in Tynemouth on Friday 7th August. If that is still too long to wait, then he is on at La Torre in Bedlington this Friday 26th June, and at Vercelli's in Hexham on Saturday 4th July.
Tom's next couple of public gigs are at Davanti Italia, Whitley Lodge. After the great success of his first one at the beginning of the month, we hope to see lots of you there on Fridays 5th and 19th June - ready to party!
When Tom arrived to set up, it quickly became apparent that the photography and videography was being done by John Hudson and Kathryn Johansen of Absolute Media Weddings. Tom performed at John's wedding last December, when he and Jill Newey (also of Absolute Media) were married at Seaham Hall.
It was an absolute pleasure to sing for Vicki and Liam, who make a lovely couple and we wish them a superb honeymoon and a long and happy life together!
Next Saturday night Tom is back at Vercelli's in Hexham, so, if you haven't booked your table yet - now is the time! See you there.
He couldn't have wished for a better reception. Customers and staff alike were generous in their appreciation - checkout the comments on Tom's testimonial page, which were made via e-mail, Facebook and Trip Advisor. Thank you to all who were there on the night - you made it thoroughly enjoyable. For example Anne Bell posted on Davanti Italia's Facebook page:
“Fantastic atmosphere, gorgeous food and awesome entertainment by Tom Wyllie.
What a brilliant night it was like being on holiday everyone singing and dancing. Tom sings just about everything and what a great voice.”
Our thanks to Pino, Ben, Karim and of course Giovanni (who we have missed these last twelve to eighteen months at Marabini's) and all the staff. For everyone who enjoyed the night, and for those who wish they hadn't missed it, Tom will be back at Davanti Italia, Whitley Lodge on Friday 5th June and Friday 19th June. So, get your tables booked for what promise to be a couple of great nights!
In addition, we are pleased to announce that Tom will be returning to Horton Grange Country House Hotel in September and October. After a successful night in April, the lovely people at Horton Grange, have invited Tom back, and you can come along for "An Evening with Tom Wyllie" on Friday 11th September and Saturday 31st October. At Horton Grange, Tom tends to focus more on his Classical, Musical Theatre and Easy Listening repertoire - so if that takes your fancy, come and enjoy an evening of fine dining and music!
In the meantime, Tom's next public gig is at Vercelli's in Hexham on Saturday 30th May. It does book up fast so, reserve your table now - everyone has a wonderful night at Vercelli's!
As soon as he got back, he headed straight up to Elligham Hall, where he performed for Mark and Becca Graham at their wedding reception. They had a fabulous day weather wise, a wonderful venue for a lovelyy couple. We wish them all the very
“We knew Tom would be good, but he wasn't good, he was fantastic!
Tom was amazing! He really made the evening and the atmosphere was great!
Great set list, great voice and great interaction with our guests.
It wasn't just the two of us that thought Tom was great but our guests did too!
Everyone commented on how great he was!
Thanks for helping to make our day so special!”
Next public gig is a first for Tom at Davanti Italia, Whitley Lodge. If you haven't been before, come along and check it out - lovely staff, great food, and Tom will provide some fab entertainment. See you there!
Without exception, every night was great fun! Tom has a growing following at La Torre and Vercelli's so book early to avoid disappointment!
The Badger, Ponteland have been raising funds for two great charities and they posted on twitter:
"@TomWyllieSinger brilliant night raising money for 2 great causes #whatavoice
Check out the testimonials page because more and more people are getting in touch via the website, facebook, twitter and e-mail to say how much they are enjoying what Tom is doing. Following Tom's gig at Vercelli's on 7th March, Tom received lots of warm feedback, including from Louise Brison, the owner and all round lovely lady!
"Thank you for the most amazing night. Just when you think it can't get any better it actually does. He [Tom] is certainly a very special person"
So, watch out for more of Tom's public gigs (in and amongst the weddings and private parties where he'll be performing) coming soon:
Vercelli, Hexham - Sat 18th April, La Torre, Bedlington - Fri 24th April and Horton Grange Country House Hotel - Sat 25th April. See you there, but don't forget to book!
Tom was especially pleased to perform at Christine Locke’s Party at The Sour Grapes in Morpeth. It was the first time we had been, and what a lovely wine bar it is. We very much hope to return soon. Tom is available to perform at private functions and will tailor his performance to your needs.
Christine was kind enough to say afterwards:-
“Thank you so much for singing at my party yesterday! Everyone loved you! You just created a fabulous ambience to my afternoon.”
"There was a North East Singer on in the restaurant and he was excellent"
The good news is, that Tom went down so well, he will be back! Make your reservations now for Saturday April 25th which is set to be his next performance in the restaurant at Horton Grange.
Tom has been talking to the lovely people at The Badger in Ponteland, and will be singing there on the night of Friday 20th March. It’s a charity night – the staff are raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance, but it’s very informal, so why not just turn up for a drink and to say hello?
Finally, on Friday Tom was back at Marabini’s – and with no more booked there for now, who knows, hopefully not for the last time? You can catch Tom next at La Torre on Friday 27th February. The following Friday, 7th March he will be at Vercelli's in Hexham. You will find the details here.
In the meantime, February brings with it more private parties and a return to La Torre in Bedlington - another lovely restaurant. Tom will be back at Marabini's too. Before those though, why not come and see Tom at the fabulous Horton Grange Country House Hotel for Valentine's Night? In fact, Tom will be there on both Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February. The food is outstanding, there will be red roses for the ladies and even Romcom's showing in one of the rooms. Hope to see some of you there?
Tom was back at some of his favourite restaurants for Christmas Party season, including Vercelli's, La Torre and Marabini's. It's a lovely time of year - nobody needs much persuasion to get into the party spirit! Last month we mentioned Mike Brown of Life on Cartoon Motion Photography. Well, Mike came along to one of Tom's La Torre gigs, and took some great photo's. Take a look at them in Tom's Gallery.
Tom was also performing at Maggie's Christmas Concert in Jesmond. Maggie's do terrific and much needed work at their centre at The Freeman Hospital. The concert raised thousand of pounds, and involved Tom, Graeme Danby, and Valerie Reid, as well last The Newcastle School for Girls Choir. Various regional figures read lessons, and everyone enjoyed the evening. At the end of the concert, Jason Isaacs also sang a few songs whilst everyone had mince pies and wine!
I just wanted to say another big thank you for coming and supporting our event on Monday night. Your performance was fantastic and everyone has commented on how much they enjoyed it.
Thank you again for all of your support.
Kelly Knighting-Wykes Centre Fundraising Manager
Very many thanks for performing at the Maggie's Christmas Carol Concert last night.
Your performance of 'O Holy Night' was so powerful and hugely enjoyed by everyone. It was extremely kind of you to support Maggie's in this way. An enormous thank you.
Do hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas and an excellent New Year.
Very best wishes for your continued success.
Carolyn Ramsbotham (Concert Committee, Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre)
Many, many thanks for all your help with the Maggie's Carol Concert at St George's it was an absolutely fantastic event and we have had the most wonderful feedback from the congregation, supporters and Maggie's Head Office.
The evening was a great success for Maggie's raising in excess of £6,000 with more pledges still to come in, but most importantly created goodwill and awareness for our Centre here in the North East. We very much hope this will become an annual event.
I would like to thank you personally, as Chairman of the Fundraising Board of Maggie's North East and on behalf of the Carol Concert Committee: David Wallace, Michaela Martin and Carolyn Ramsbotham.
Finally, I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.
Lorna Moran OBE, Chairman of Fundraising Board of Maggie’s North East
Tom also sang for John and Jill Hudson at Seaham Hall Hotel, just before Christmas. They married on 20th December, for a truly Christmassy wedding. Of course, it's a fabulous venue, and Tom provided the early evening entertainment. John and Jill are a really lovely couple and deserve a very happy future together. Here's what Jill said afterwards:-
“I am so pleased I booked Tom to sing at our wedding. We were not disappointed. From initial meeting, through to the end of his performance, Tom was a delight to work with. He took immediate interest in our day and came to our venue to visit and see the set up before the day, which we were very grateful for. Tom's business has a true family feel, which we love, and fit in perfect with our day which also included our son's christening. I would highly recommend Tom for any event or wedding where you want to wow your guests with strong vocals, fun entertainment and a good range of style. Thanks for everything Tom! Now what party can I plan next where you can sing for us?
Much love" – Mrs J Hudson.
So….Happy New Year to everyone. We hope it is a healthy one for you all. Tom's next public gig is at Vercelli's - aways a great night - and it's on Saturday 10th January. Hope to see you all there!
Earlier in November, Tom had the great pleasure of singing for Rob and Sarah Thorpe at their Wedding Reception at The Riverside Lodge in Morpeth. Rob and Sarah make a lovely couple and have a terrific group of friends and family who made the night a great one for all concerned. Rob was kind enough to say afterwards:
Tom tailored his sets perfectly to suit our tastes, and even learnt two brand new songs for us in just a few weeks. He very kindly carried on long after he was supposed to finish, as everyone kept shouting for more!
As many people have since commented, Tom really did make the night, and he helped make our wedding day extremely special. We can't thank him highly enough, and would recommend him to anybody!”
Their photographer was a guy by the name of Mike Brown, who is fast becoming known in Northumberland for his great work. The photo of Tom at the top of this article was taken by Mike - watch out for more of his work on this website! Mike is such a nice guy we can heartily recommend him for weddings, family sittings, portraits - anything really! Check out his Facebook page.
Anyway, that's enough for now. We look forward to seeing you all in December in the run up to Christmas. Next stop is Marabini's on Friday 5th December.
Next public gig is on Saturday 25th October at The Old Storehouse, Amble. Come along and help make it another great night!
The next night, Tom was at The Hilton Northampton, for The Child Growth Foundation's Annual Convention. The charity is very important to Tom and his family - many of you will be aware of Ruth, Tom's Mum, and her recent participation in The Great North Run. Some of you kindly sponsored her, helping to raise a magnificent £1,235 for The CGF. Tom sang at the evening dinner, and when he wasn't singing, provided the music for the dance floor. He made full use of all of his lights, including a a brand new one, and, for the first time had full DMX control of the lights from the sound desk! The room looked superb.
One of the highlights of the evening was seeing Tom, gather all the children on the dance floor, as they provided the choral backing to him singing "Any Dream Will Do". The convention was a huge success - so helpful for so many people. In fact such a success, that it has outgrown the venue and next year will be held at The Hilton, Warwick. Tom has been asked to return and provide the entertainment again!
Tom's next public gig is tomorrow night at The Boat Inn, Leaplish, Kielder, and he will be at Alnwick Garden Cafe on Wednesday from 12 Noon until around 2pm. Hope to see you there!
September looks like being even busier, as he brings his Summer season up at Kielder to a close, and has gigs, at Marabini's, La Torre, Alnwick Garden and The Old Storehouse, as well as a number of private gigs, as far afield as York and Northampton.
We missed the very start when Anna asked Ruth - "This is the first time you have run the Great North Run, but do you think it will be the last?!" you can listen to what followed towards the top of the right hand sidebar on the homepage.
If you feel able and would like to support Ruth in her run, please visit her sponsorship page here. Anything you can donate will be really, really appreciated! Thank you!
Meanwhile, you see Tom performing next at Marabini's tomorrow night - Friday 5th September, and at La Torre on Saturday night - 6th September
Thank you to everyone who take the time to give their feedback last night, it's always a pleasure to talk to the audience. Thanks too to those who bought one of Tom's CD's - we hope you enjoy!
Tonight, Tom is singing at La Torre, in Bedlington, and tomorrow he will be up at The Boat Restaurant, up at Kielder. You can next catch Tom at The Old Storehouse on Friday September 19th, from about 8pm.
You can see Tom next at The Old Storehouse in Amble on Friday 15th August, and he'll be back at The Boat Inn next Sunday 17th August, from 7pm.
This time, Tom actually arrived to set up, only to find that another singer was already set up, due to a double booking. For anyone planning to see Tom last night, we can only apologise, and assure you that we are working with the management there to make sure this doesn't happen again. We have been assured that Tom's booking for Friday 15th August will go ahead. Meanwhile, you can catch Tom tonight at The Boat Restaurant at Leaplish, Kielder, from 7pm.
With it being the school holidays, the gardens were busy, and lots of people were kind enough to stop and say how much they were enjoying Tom's music - thank you!
Tom will be back at Alnwick Garden on Wednesday, September 10th, but if you can't wait until then, he is at The Old Storehouse in Amble this Saturday, and then at The Boat House Restaurant on Sunday! He has had his holiday, now he is ready to sing! You can find details of his forthcoming public gigs here on the Gig Dates page.
High on a Hill, but not a lonely goat herd in sight..... Tom has been breathing in the fresh mountain air in Switzerland. He has been refreshing the parts of his lungs, other air doesn't reach, preparing for a busy August and September, during which time he has more than 20 gigs booked in.
Tom is always on the look out for new venues, and came across the perfect one in Villars, Vaud, Switzerland. It is based at the Gondola Station, and he was ready to start yodelling!
Even when the weather wasn't so good, and we sent Tom down a Swiss Salt Mine, we couldn't stop him singing! That's how keen he was to get going, entertaining his audiences old and new!
So, without further delay, Tom begins his August gigs, this Wednesday, with a lunchtime concert at The Alnwick Garden Cafe. A lovely relaxed venue to kick off his return, and of course, he is looking forward to singing again. Switzerland is fabulous - but Northumberland has a few gems of it's own, so come and hear one of them singing in another of them!! He will be singing between 12 Noon and 2pm. As Alnwick Garden recently tweeted:
"We love him, he's brilliant and he's back! @TomWyllieSinger returns in August! Divine voice :-)"
We couldn't have put it better. See you there!
For those of you we have seen over the last couple of weeks, at various venues - thank you for your support and kind comments! Recent gigs have included:
The Old Storehouse, Amble - where Tom is becoming known for the quality and variety of his repertoire. The Old Storehouse recently had £2M spent on upgrading the restaurant, pub, and owners entertainment lounge. It's a beautiful place to be entertained whilst dining on high quality food. Tom has been entertaining both the general public in The Old Storehouse, and the owners in Links - The Owners Entertainment Lounge.
The Boat Inn, Leaplish, Kielder - where Tom has started his Summer season. Still to come, Tom will be singing there on four Sunday evenings in August and four Tuesday evenings in September. So, enjoy the long evenings, and make your way to one of Northumberland's beauty spots, and enjoy the food and entertainment whilst looking out over the fabulous Kielder Water.
Marabini's, Morpeth - where Tom is still entertaining. When he was last there the restaurant was packed out, and as ever, he had people singing along and dancing. Marabini's has long been a favourite venue, and although Tom doesn't go there as often these days, he still has a few gigs booked between now and December.
La Torre, Bedlington - Just last night Tom was back at La Torre, and the restaurant was fully booked. A special shout out goes to Pinot, who used to work at Marabini's and it was a pleasure to see him add to the lovely atmosphere at La Torre. Tom was singer, dancer, children's entertainer and child minder last night, as some of the young customers joined him dancing and doing a conga (well it was a little like the Pied Piper!) round the restaurant. Tom received possibly the biggest round of applause yet for his rendition of Nessun Dorma, which with the final of The World Cup playing tonight was certainly appropriate - even if England didn't get past first base (Hmm getting our sports a bit mixed up there I think!!). Jackie Rayer was kind enough to write today:
"Fantastic night last night. Tom, you have an incredible voice, which makes me melt when you sing classical. Outstanding - look forward to next month!"
All of which finally brings us on to "the break". Tom is taking a well earned holiday, but will be back and raring to go, for a busy August schedule. Take a look at the public gig dates page, to see where and when you can see him perform. His next public gig is at The Alnwick Garden on Wednesday 6th August from 12 Noon.
Later, Tom moved back into the bar, and began moving upbeat. For one or two of his songs, he accompanied himself on the piano (Million Love Songs, Jamie Cullum's I'm All Over It), had people singing along, waving and dancing a little.
"Had the most wonderful night....everyone loved it" - Louise Brison, Owner, Vercelli's
"We just wanted to say you absolutely made our night with your performance!!! We loved it so much :))) Hope to see you again very soon" - Claire Turnbull
"What a star! I couldn't believe his repertoire from Puccini to Paolo Nuttini - brilliant." - Pam Pryor
Tom will be back there on Friday 10th October 2014, and looks forward to entertaining you all again. In the meantime, catch Tom at his next public gig at The Old Storehouse, Amble on Friday 27th June 2014.
As you might expect, he had folk singing and dancing along and ended the night with a World Cup appropriate rendition of Nessun Dorma. Later again, he even did a version of Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams' "Shame", with resident DJ Brian Bush.
If you missed it all, you can catch him at his next gig there on Friday 27th June!
Thank you to the many of you who came over to tell us how much you enjoyed his performance. It's always a pleasure to receive feedback, and we appreciate people taking the time to offer it. In fact on Wednesday, there were admirers from as far afield as New Jersey!
If you missed Tom's performance on wednesday, he will be back on Wednesday 6th August, and now there is a new date booked on Wednesday 10th September too. So why not come along and enjoy the stunning gardens, and listen to Tom?
Tom began by singing to the diners in the restaurant (and those in the surrounding lounge bar), with a mix of classical and easy listening songs. Judging by the generous feedback, from many of the customers, and by the frequent applause - he was received very well.
If you can't wait that long, Tom will next be appearing in public at Alnwick Garden Cafe for a lunchhtime concert this Wednesday, 4th June. Again, details are on his gig page.
Tom's first performance there is next Friday, 30th May 2014. For further dates and details please visit Tom's Gig Dates page.
Last time he was there, a lady enjoyed the night so much, that she booked her birthday party for Saturday, together with her 30 guests! Regrettably, at short notice, she had to cancel, because she has gone into hospital. We wish her well, and look forward to your return, when we will be sure to celebrate in style!
Despite the absence of such a large party, diners enjoyed a great nights' entertainment, with plenty of classical music to start off with, and plenty to sing a long and dance to later on. Particular mention goes out to Jackie and Rick, for whom this was the second time they had seen Tom perform. It seems Jackie loves Tom's rendition of Nessun Dorma, but it reduces her to tears each time! As if that isn't bad enough, Tom performed it for a second time as an encore on Saturday! Also to Mandy, whose birthday it was on Saturday, and who did a mean Gangnam Style, and Hand Jive!
We are all looking forward to returning to La Torre next time, on Saturday 14th June. If you can't wait until then, catch him next Saturday at The Dyke Neuk Inn, starting in the restaurant, and moving later into the bar. Full details of Tom's forthcoming public gigs can be found here.
If you can’t wait until then, well Tom is on at La Torre Italian Restaurant in Bedlington on Saturday evening - see you there?
We are pleased to say, that Tom will be back at Marabini’s, though for now, not very often, because Tom has lots of bookings, both private and public over the coming months. His next gig at Marabini’s is on Saturday 28th June, and then Friday 8th August. If you can’t wait, then check out his gig dates page, because you can go and see him at some other fantastic local restaurants. If you have seen Tom perform and enjoyed his performance, then tell us! We want to hear from you with your review - tell us what was good, and what you would love him to include in the future.
Why not try out La Torre when Tom is next there on Saturday 17th May? In fact Tom will be there once a month, so keep checking the gig dates page for forthcoming dates. Meanwhile, you can next catch him at Marabini’s, Morpeth on Saturday 3rd May.
Tom set up, both in the bar and in the restaurant, and worked between the two, keeping diners entertained in both areas! Judging by the feedback, everyone enjoyed Tom, just as much as we enjoyed Vercelli’s, as Louise, the owner, has invited him back. You can see him there next on Saturday 21st June, 2014.
Meanwhile, you can next see Tom at La Torre, Bedlington, on Saturday 19th April. He will be singing from about 7:45pm. Book your table now for a great night out!
On Friday night, Tom introduced Tynemouth to his own style of entertainment, and mixed some classical with some popular material at Sonero’s Italian Restaurant. They offer amazing value food, and friendly staff to go with it!
A.J. Bridal Wear are simply lovely people who offer a fantastic service, and brides will feel confident that they are in the best hands for that most important of purchases. If you are in the market for bridal wear - you have to go visit them, you won’t be disappointed. Jenny, at Little Larder has the answer - no matter what the question! Her cakes and truffles are just fabulous. Not only do they look superb, but boy, do they taste good! We were a little greedy today!
Tom’s next public appearance is on Friday when he will be singing at Vercelli’s in Hexham, and is looking forward to seeing you there!
In the coming weeks, Tom is performing at a variety of restaurant venues - some new, some familiar, so Tom will be taking his show to a wider audience during the spring. This Friday, Tom will be singing at Sonero’s in Tynemouth, which quite recently has changed hands. Make your booking now, with David, the manager there, and look forward to a great night out on the coast. The following Friday (11th), Tom will be at Vercelli’s, in Hexham, a beautiful restaurant on Priestpopple, where Louise Brison is your host. That’s sure to be a great night too!
In the coming weeks, Tom will be back at Marabini’s, La Torre in Bedlington, and Alnwick Garden too. He’ll also be returning to The Dyke Neuk, Meldon. He is also delighted to announce that this year he will be performing at The Boat Inn Restaurant, Kielder on New Year’s Eve - a venue which is fast becoming another jewel in Northumberland’s crown.
For dates and times, as always, check out the gig dates page. Keep watching as more dates are added!
Tom will be appearing in Hexham at Vercelli’s Italian Restaurant in April, and La Torre Italian Restaurant in Bedlington in April and May.
Tom was back at Marabini’s last night, and enjoyed a superb evening, where he entertained everyone, with the variety of material for which Tom has become well known. By the end of the night, he had the dance floor packed, and his appreciative audience gave him warm applause - which is what he thrives on! There were a few parties in last night, both big and small, and Tom had them all involved, singing at their tables, and dancing with them on the dance floor.
Don’t miss Tom’s next appearance at Marabini’s on Saturday 29th March. Be sure to book a table though!
UPDATE:- We understand that £935 was raised for charity on the night, which is a fantastic effort, so enormous thanks to everyone involved. Organiser, Angela Young said Tom is “A true talent! Tom has a fabulous voice and put on a great nights entertainment for our charity night at The Dyke Neuk. Very professional from the moment we met him. Tom wanted to make sure the night was going to be good and that everything was right. You can tell he loves what he does, a brilliant singer who we would recommend to anyone for a great night!”
Thank you for the kind words Angela - we hope to see you again soon!
Tom turned 21 this week and will be celebrating his birthday, with anyone who is at Marabini’s tomorrow night! Book your table and come along and wish Tom Happy Birthday!
Twitter - best time last night at the first of many of my 21st birthday celebrations, thank you @TomWyllieSinger & Marabini's for an amazing night! :)
You can check out where he will be on his gig dates page. He is back at Marabini’s this Friday and Saturday - and don’t miss his guest solo appearance at Anna Foster’s Magic Choir at The Sage on December 18th! They are singing in aid of Cash for Kids. But first, see you at Marabini’s!
If you haven’t been to Marabini’s, book your table now! Tom is there every weekend between now and New Year - it’s always a great night there! His next public gig is back there on Friday 29th November.
Saturday saw another great crowd at Marabini’s - when is it not a good crowd at Marabini’s? There were birthday parties and a hen party, and they were in the mood to dance and sing, so a great night was had by all. You can check to see the dates when Tom is back at Marabini’s here, but be sure to book a table as it gets very busy!
On Sunday, Tom was up at The Feathers Inn, Hedley on the Hill, where Helen and Rhian were raising funds for the Disaster Emergency Committee Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. It was a great night, which started with Izzy Daltry singing and playing keyboard - two songs which she wrote herself. She’s a talented girl with a bright future! Then Tom sang a few of his Classical/Musical Theatre songs, starting with “Somewhere Only We Know” - currently being used in the John Lewis Christmas ad.
Tom was joined by Anna Foster from Magic 1152 who sang “All I Ask Of You” from Phantom Of The Opera, with Tom, and then followed that with a beautiful “O Mio Babbino Caro”.
Finally, Tom was back on, with plenty of upbeat material that everyone could sing along to. As you see, the pub was rocking! Allendale, Wylam and Mordue Breweries, and LWC Drinks, all charged £3 for Real Ales and traditional Ciders, with 100% going to the appeal. At the last count over £1200 was raised - a fantastic effort!
You can see Tom’s next public gig at Marabini’s on Saturday 23rd November 2013.
Saturday was another great night at Marabini’s and was the first in a run of consecutive Saturdays at there which will take us up to the end of the year. The atmosphere at Marabini’s is not to be missed.
Last night, Tom was back, helping the Young section of Morpeth Harriers with their dinner and awards night. It was fantastic to see so many there supporting the night, and hopefully it proved to be a great fundraiser for the club.
Tom will be back at Marabini’s next Saturday, 16th November. Book your table now!
"Listening to you at the Hilton Hotel in Northampton, you have an amazing talent never stop!:-)"
- Jake Davies via Facebook
“A very big shout out to our very own star that is Tom Wyllie you have such an awesome voice my good friend and many will agree on this!!!!!”
- Bruce Michael Smyth via Facebook
“You were amazing last night. You have a fantastic voice. Hope to see you entertaining us again next year”
- Clare Wood via Facebook
“I found your Nessun Dorma video on YouTube and gave Magda goose bumps again”
- Bruce Michael Smyth via Facebook
“We met Tom at the child growth foundation. He performed a massive array of songs. Fantastic performer, he knew how to work the crowd and keep all ages up dancing!
He’s a real inspiration to children with Russell Silver Syndrome.”
- Kelly Gonsalves
“An amazing performance - I had the pleasure of watching Tom perform this past weekend at a charity event held by the Child Growth Foundation. I was amazed at Tom's talent and ability, not only his amazing voice and the variation of songs in his repertoire but also how he managed to keep singing and fully entertain a very lively fan base of children at the same time! His rendition of Nessun Dorma was simply breath-taking. Well done Tom!!”
- Rachel Pidcock
“Thanks also to Tom Wyllie for a fantastic performance and for the donations from sales of his CD’s”
- Jenny Child via Facebook
“We've been listening to Tom on the way home. Great CD and fab entertainment last night!”
- Thalia O’Hanlon via Facebook
“Was great to meet you and your Mum Tom. You are both inspiring and gave us lots of hope for our little man's future. x”
- Laura Small via Facebook
Tom will be back at Marabini’s on Saturday, 9th November 2013. Book your table now!
Tom entertained everyone with his mix of repertoire, and had people up dancing both at their tables and at the front of the restaurant! If you can’t make it this friday, then check out his gig dates here, as he has dates throughout November and December!
Without access to the Halls lighting system, Tom made use of some of his own stage lighting, and put on a show, which began with a quiz, whereby ladies had to guess the shows, opera or films from which the songs he sang came. A draw was made from the correct answers, and Tom gave one of each of his CD’s as a prize. After the interval (during which there was plenty of WI baking to tuck into!), Tom continued with songs that everyone could sing a long to. Despite the weather, which was atrocious, everyone had a great night, with many saying that they would be booking to eat at Marabini’s so that they could see Tom perform again!
Tom will be singing at Marabini’s on Friday 11th October 2013.
Tom Wyllie, North East Singer was back there on Saturday night, and he entertained people with his mix of Classical, Easy Listening and Pop Music. By the time diners had finished their meals, they were either singing along with Tom, or up dancing. Marabini’s is unique for it’s mix of food and music, and with their friendly attentive staff - plus of course Tom, it makes for a great night out. Tom will be back there on Friday 11th October, so book your table now!
Not only did Tom provide some two and a half hours of live entertainment, but he also provided eighties music through his PA system, whilst he wasn't singing. In addition he provided stage and dance floor lighting to set the mood for a memorable evening.
Mandy and Lee, were heading straight off on their honeymoon, but Lee did say that Tom's entertainment had exceeded their expectations - 'we couldn't have asked for better". We of course wish them a wonderful honeymoon and life together.
The previous post made mention of Tom's performance in Morpeth Market Place on 3rd August, which seemed to go down well. Not only did he get lots of great feedback on the day, but he has subsequently received enquiries about purchasing further copies of "crescendo" and "Il Divino".
Hi we bought "Crecendo" a few weeks ago in the market place Morpeth. A real treat for us to stand and listen to Tom singing! We bought this CD and wish we had bought them both!
- Pat Davidson
We are working on a face lift and re-launch of Tom's website, and very much hope to be able to make his CDs available for purchase online.
On both 10th and 24th August, Tom performed at The Boat Inn at Kielder, entertaining holidaymakers at Leaplish. He sang from all parts of his repertoire and was taking requests. Regulars won't be surprised that Tom ended the night with people up and dancing! They were great nights in a lovely setting. The summer season at Leaplish has drawn to a close, with the end of the school holidays, but Tom hopes to return to the Boat Inn again.
Tom's next public performance is on 26th September - back at Marabini's! He'll hope to see you there!
Thankfully, the sun shone, even if it was a little windier than we've been used to lately, and people were able to visit the wonderful stall in the Market Place, whilst listening in to Tom's music. He sang from his Classical and Musical Theatre repertoire, but also included some Take That, Keane, Lumineers and Michael Bublé, plus lots more.
On 3 August Tom Wyllie performed in Morpeth as part of the annual Summer Time series of events. It was also the day of the Morpeth Farmers Market so it added a special twist to the day. I have received many comments about how much people enjoyed his singing from visitors and stall holders. The stall holders told me that this was an unexpected treat and we should do this more often. Some thought it was a CD playing and were pleasantly surprised that it was a live performance. Tom gave the people of Morpeth a very enjoyable afternoon of music and many said how much they enjoyed it. Tom, thank you for making this a very special afternoon.
For those that missed Tom's performance today, his next public gig is next Saturday, 10th August, up at The Boat Inn, Leaplish, Kielder. It's a beautiful setting looking out over the reservoir, so why not come along for a lovely meal and have Tom entertain you?
On Saturday night he was back at Marabini's, where, it's no secret, he loves to perform. A great night was had by all, including Natasha Magee, herself a regular at Marabini's. Natasha called in late on, in time to perform a quick duet with Tom - the Journey classic, Don't Stop Believin'
Natasha is singing at Marabini's this Friday, 2nd August, so why not book your table? Tom is back at Marabini's on 31st August, but you can hear him perform in Morpeth Market Place, on Saturday 3rd August between 12:30pm and 3pm. His other August dates can be found here.
There was a barbecue and they sang duets together, and their own solo songs. Emma has a beautiful silky voice and, of course she sang in both French and English! By the end of the night, they had the party rocking - with a conga winding around the tables! More news when Tom returns home. His next public gig is at Marabini's, Morpeth on Saturday 27th July 2013.
Special mention here, goes to Ed Wyllie though, Tom's brother (and accomplished drummer as it happens) who celebrated his birthday earlier in the week. So often, Ed sits on his own at Tom's gigs, providing his expertise on sound - and he does a great job.
Thanks Ed and Happy Birthday!!
You can see Tom back at Marabini's on Saturday 27th July 2013. Be sure to book in advance though!
Tom was at Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park last night singing for some stars of the MotoGP world.
Randy Mamola and Niall Mackenzie were hosting, although the event itself was organised by Dale Robinson and Chris Berriman. Neil Hodgson, and Bradley Smith, Taylor Mackenzie and Tarran Mackenzie were all there. If you know your racing these are names you will be familiar with!
Tom's next public gig is at Marabini's in Morpeth on Saturday 8th June.
Tom was back at Marabini's last night, and took a couple of his lights along for a test run! Tom was in good form, and everyone had a great night - always the case at Marabini's!
There was a hen party who stayed on to the very end, and we wish the bride all the very best for her forthcoming wedding!
You can catch Tom back there on Saturday, 8th June. Booking is essential!
Last night, Tom Wyllie, North East singer was delighted to perform for Clare and Chris at their evening reception at Doxford Hall Hotel, Northumberland. By late afternoon, the sun was shining at the lovely venue and Clare and Chris had a great day.
Later, Clare and Chris kindly got in touch...
"Thank you for a brilliant vocal performance at our evening wedding reception last night at Doxford Hall. From the very beginning when we first spoke to Tom, to booking him for our wedding reception we found his level of service to be first class and very professional. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he was more than happy to go that extra mile for us. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to you sing Tom, and we loved your interaction with our guests as you walked around, which many thought got them more involved. It was lovely to see a family working as a team together and making it an evening to remember for us.
We would definitely recommend you to anyone seeking a top class performer for any event and you have 2 new fans who will definitely be making a visit to Marabini's in Morpeth to see you perform in the future.
Many Thanks again
Chris and Clare"
We all wish Clare and Chris a very happy further together!
Later he added Earth Angel (The Penguins - sung in Back to the Future), You Can't Hurry Love (Phil Collins) and Copacobana (Barry Manilow). He also sang current hit It's a Beautiful Day (Michael Bublé). All went down well - it's always a good night at Marabini's. Laura Brown was there on Saturday with a large party at the front of the restaurant, and later, she messaged Tom on Facebook -
"Great night last night Tom, thanks yet again - you were FAB xxx".
Thanks Laura, glad you enjoyed the night. You can catch Tom at Marabini's again on Saturday 25th May!
Tom will be back in action on Saturday at Marabini's, Morpeth from 8:30pm.
Usually he begins the evening at Marabini's with a selection of Classical Crossover and Musical Theatre music, but on Saturday, in an effort to protect and prolong his voice, he began with some easy listening and swing songs.
Happily, Becky Cowell, was there with a party celebrating a family birthday, and, talented singer that she is, helped Tom out by singing a couple of duets and some songs of her own. Their renditions of Ho Hey by The Lumineers and Piano Man by Billy Joel stood out. At the end of the evening Becky sang, I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, and Adele's Someone Like You receiving deserved applause and Marabini Confetti!
Tom would like to thank Becky once again for her help. He is on the mend and looking forward to resuming normal service when he's next at Marabini's on Saturday 11th May.
Tom is delighted to have been invited to perform at such a prestigious event. More details can be found here.
Mr and Mrs Ken Wilson, regulars at Marabini's and who have enjoyed Tom's performances before asked Tom to come along to the evening and provide entertainment, which of course Tom was pleased to do. A successful night saw over £500 raised, and Tom made his own contribution from CD sales on the night.
Tom is back at Marabini's on Saturday 20th April from 8:30pm - hope to see you there!
Judging by the success of the raffle, the fundraiser will have made a valuable contribution to Collingwood School and Media Arts College.
The Boat (and Tower Knowe) feature in today's Journal, where the announcement was made of Richard Sim's appointment as executive chef at both venues - you can read the article here. The Boat has a future as a high quality gastro-pub to look forward to, and few could boast a more spectacular back drop!
Tom is performing at a couple of private functions this weekend, but you can catch his next public gig at Marabini's in Morpeth on Saturday 20th April from about 8:30pm. They are always great nights at Marabini's, so call them now for a table!!
The Boat Inn is situated right on Kielder Water - it's a beautiful spot, and The Boat is not just there for residents of the lodges and caravans in the forest. The food is first class, and the welcome very friendly - it's a lovely place to spend an evening. So why not come along next time Tom is on - Wednesday, 10th April 2013 from 7pm. To reserve a table ring 01434 251000.
As you see, Tom himself ended up wearing the birthday hat! Also there was Tom's old swimming coach - Laura Brown, who claims that much of Tom's singing is down to her training. Holding him under water helped to increase his lung capacity!! Thanks Laura!
Tom will be back at Marabini's on Saturday 20th April 2013. Before that though, you can see him at a new venue for Tom - The Boat Inn, Kielder. He will be there on Wednesday 27th March 2013 from 7pm.
Tom recently performed there on Valentine's Night, with lots of great feedback. Indeed a TripAdvisor reviewer wrote "The evening meal was outstanding with an excellent wine list and attentive service. The evening was further enhanced by a very accomplished singer with a wide repertoire. Doxford Hall is the perfect place for a short break situated as it is close to many of the main sites of Northumberland and the Scottish borders. I can thoroughly recommend it."
Yesterday, John Short, who was dining at Doxford Hall, posted on Tom's facebook page "Great Performance at Doxford" whilst Tom was still performing!!
We would echo all the glowing reports about Doxford Hall Hotel. For those who haven't been, make your reservation soon, as the hotel is beautiful, the staff so friendly and accommodating, and the food absolutely delicious! As if that isn't enough, Doxford Hall boasts stunning rooms and grounds, and of course it has fabulous leisure facilities!
Tom's next public performance is at Marabini's Ristorante, Morpeth this Saturday, 16th March 2013, from 8:30pm. Hope to see you there?!
Techflow Marine, specialist suppliers to the offshore oil & gas and marine industries, asked Tom to perform at Marabini's as they were welcoming their friends from Sunflow Holdings, Kuala Lumpar to the region. Tom was pleased to react with speed and entertained the restaurant with his varied and popular repertoire. Many diners commented to Tom, what a lovely surprise it was to find him there on a Thursday night!
Tom is constantly reviewing his repertoire and was able to introduce a few new songs he has added. They went down very well and you can catch Tom back at Marabini's on Saturday 16th March from 8:30pm.
On Saturday Clare and Alan married, and held their reception at As You Like It in Jesmond. It was a lovely setting for such a special occasion, and Tom sang throughout the Wedding Breakfast.
Later Clare said -
"A massive thank you again to Tom for the great job! Tom wowed everyone again and just made our reception! It was a fab day made very special - Tom was the icing on the cake!"
We all wish Clare and Alan all the very best for the future.
There was full audience participation last night - it was a night to remember and Tom would like to thank all who came, and those who stayed on long after they had vacated their table, after seeing Tom was singing! As ever, Giovanni and his staff were superb - it must be one of the North East's top venues for a great night out.
Don't miss out on the fun! Book your table for Tom's next gig there - 16th March 2013. You won't be disappointed!
Mr & Mrs Sylvia Orrick, who have followed Tom's progress after seeing him perform in Eldon Square a year ago, were there, not only celebrating Valentines Night, but also Sylvia's birthday. Many happy returns Sylvia!
Sylvia said after the evening "Both Peter and I never tire of hearing your wonderful voice. We still feel it is only a matter of time and patience, someone ,somewhere will snap you up, you are far too good for it not to happen."
Tom will be performing at Doxford Hall Hotel at Sunday Lunch on Mothering Sunday, March 10th.
Tom sang at Doxford Hall Hotel in October at Vanessa and Elliott Hall's wedding (see left), after which they said:
"A must have for your wedding day and worth every penny!!!
We just wanted to say a massive thank you and confirm how brilliant Tom was during the day and in the evening on the 13th October on our Wedding Day. In the evening he had the dance floor packed all night! He was great; absolutely everyone loved him, a real entertainer and did a great variation of songs. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better and he is a true professional. Thank you for making our day so special."
Andrea, Dave & Ellis Thompson of Toma Fund, the charity Tom sang for in Eldon Square at Christmas, came along to see what all the fuss is about! Now they know! There is nowhere quite like it.
You can catch him Tom there again on 16th February 2013, but be sure to book a table. He starts around 8:30pm - depending on how busy it is!!
Tom said "I was quick to say yes when Leanne (Clark, Events Manager) asked me to come and sing. Doxford Hall Hotel is just beautiful, and the staff here are lovely - nothing is too much trouble. On top of that the food is just fantastic - it really is the perfect venue!"
Tom will be performing there next on Valentine's Night, 14th February, and then again on Mother's Day - Sunday lunch, 10th March. To reserve a table ring Doxford Hall Hotel on 01665 589700.
This was a great disappointment for all concerned, but, not wishing to miss out on a rare free saturday night, Tom went to Marabini's for dinner to celebrate his birthday! It was the first time Tom had been just to dine - he normally sings! Still, Natasha Magee, singer for the night, got Tom up to sing. We all had a great night, and our thanks to the wonderful staff there, and of course to Natasha.
You can catch Tom there this Saturday, 2nd February, for another great night's entertainment.
The restaurant was filled to capacity, with some birthday parties, including that of Antonio, who had come all the way from Naples especially and also a hen party. As ever, Tom began with a few of his popular Classical/Musical Theatre numbers, including a special dedication to Antonio - Nessun Dorma.
He moved through some swing and quickly into his dance/party songs. He introduced a couple of new songs to his repertoire again, including The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" which had everyone singing along. Before long, there were lots of people dancing, and it stayed that way through until he finished.
Once again, we want to thank everyone for the lovely comments made to all members of Tom's family. Tom just loves to perform at Marabini's for you! If you missed the night....why?! He'll be back there again on Saturday 2nd February. Make your booking for what is a great way to spend a Saturday night out!
There were so many highlights, but seeing Tom singing Amarillo with a conga attached to him wrapped right round the restaurant must be one of them. The standing ovation he got for Nessun Dorma nearly blew the roof off - that was another!
Natasha Magee was one of the revellers and late on gave us a rendition of "Walking on Sunshine" - another highlight! It was, it has to be said, a great party - really - you had to be there. Tom will be back there on 12th January, so, if you couldn't get along for New Year, why not come along and see him soon?
For those of you who are going, rest assured, that Tom's voice has fully recovered from his brief virus, and he is looking forward to entertaining you, and seeing the New Year in with you. It is going to be a great night!
Tom will be back there again on Saturday 12th January, so if you can't go on New Year's Eve, why not book a table for the 12th?
As some of you may know, not everything went to plan!
Tom picked up a virus, which caused him to lose his voice, and was unable to sing in Eldon square on 21st and 22nd December. This came as big disappointment, to us, and of course meant he couldn't raise much needed funds for TOMA Fund on those days.
He did perform for Rotary Club, Newcastle West, in Eldon Square on 18th of December.
Together, Tom and Eve raised nearly £400 in about an hour and a half.
Happily, Tom rested his voice and is fully recovered and raring to go on New Year's Eve - his next public performance.
By the end of the night the place looked somewhat like a war zone - rarely have so many plates been smashed during "Zorba's Dance"! Tom's next stop at Marabini's will be New Year's Eve, which has been a sell out since before records began! For those who are going though, Tom is really looking forward to seeing you there! For those who aren't or can't, check out the Gig Dates page, as he has more dates there in the New Year!
Meanwhile, catch Tom in Eldon Square - he'll be there next on Tuesday Evening, between about 6:20pm and 8pm.
Over the last twelve months, Tom has raised well over £3,000 in aid of the charity, which helps the families of children and teenagers with cancer in the North East & Cumbria. He has become good friends with Andrea and Dave Thompson, Jordan's Mum and Dad. Andrea has steered the charity to raising over £600,000 since 2007 - an astonishing achievement.
Photos by Paul Murphy.
We all had a great night, and hope the diners did too. Leanne Clark certainly did! Leanne, pictured above with Tom, is Events Manager at Doxford Hall Hotel, and has booked Tom for events there in January, February and March. More details can be found here.
Thanks, as always to Giovanni and his marvellous staff for another great night. Tom is back there next on Saturday, 15th December. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Tom's next public appearance will be on Friday 7th December in Eldon Square.
The pub has been refitted since Tom was last there - it all looks very good, and Tom sang samples of his repertoire of classical, swing and pop, and had the pub singing along towards the end of the night.
Thanks to Jeanette and all the staff for an enjoyable night.
Tom was there from 2pm until 6pm, and wowed shoppers with Il Divo, Musical Theatre and Classical hits. He stopped people in their tracks and they gave generously! We would all like to thank everyone who made a donation. Yesterday over £600 was raised for the charity.
Four hours is too long to be singing on your own, and Pete Brown kindly joined Tom for part of the afternoon, treating shoppers to Carol's and some classic songs, whilst Tom took a break. They both sang duets together too, singing "Me and My Shadow" and "Shame".
Tom is back in Eldon Square on Friday 7th December. Pete will be there from about 4:30pm and Tom and Anna Foster, of Magic FM will be there from around 5:20pm (ish).
In the meantime, last night, she held a fundraising dinner at Marabini's Restaurant in Morpeth, Northumberland. During the evening there was a raffle, and an auction, and, you guessed it, Tom entertained diners. He also made a contribution of over £40 from CDs sold last night.
Clare said "Final tally was fab, I think it's about £2100! I was never expecting anywhere near that so I am sooooo pleased. It was a great evening and Tom was just fab!!! He made the evening rock! And everyone was raving about him!"
Later, Clare's Mum, Gay, e-mailed "Thank you for making Clare's charity night at Marabini's such an overwhelming success. You are such a talented young man with an amazing voice and I haven' t stopped telling everyone how amazing you are. I bought both your cd's which I love as they have a lovely balance of classical and modern. My grandson Patrick (8 years old) bought one of your cd's and plays it each night when he goes to bed. I' m looking forward to hearing you again. Good luck for the future."
If you would like to support Clare in her efforts, and, let's face it, supporting Clare may be the closest most of us get to the summit of Kilimanjaro, then you can do so here. Please give generously.
Tom said "I am thrilled to have been invited to sing at what must be one of the Jewels of Northumberland! I recently performed at a wedding there, and I am really looking forward to going back."
Tom will be performing during Sunday lunch on 27th January 2013, and on Mothers Day, Sunday lunch on 10th March 2013. He will also entertain diners there in the evening on Valentines Night, 14th February 2013.
We hope you can come along and support these very worthwhile charities. See you there!
See the Gigs page for full details.
The evening began, with his mix of Musical Theatre, Il Divo, and classical numbers. A gentleman came up and requested "Time to say Goodbye" - not a song Tom normally performs (for a Baritone, it is quite high at the end!), but he obliged to warm applause.
After a short break, he built up through some swing into his upbeat repertoire, and introduced a few more new songs. He was asked for Mr Brightside by The Killers, a new addition, and later followed it up with another of theirs - Somebody Told Me.
He went on, and on, with lots of dancing, and at the end, finished on ABBA's Thank You For The Music - by which time (see above) he was surrounded by dancers!
Tom said "the diners at Marabini's are always such a lovely audience to sing to - it was a really fun night!". This is borne out by a post on Tom's facebook page today:
"Really enjoyed the show last night and next time we're going to ask for a better table. We were pushed too far away. We would have danced earlier if we'd been in "The centre forward" position!!
Many thanks!!" - Michael Floyd
[Editor: And later received a message from Geoff Gordon:
Saw you at Marabini's last Saturday night. Was brill!]
Tom's next public gig is the Final of UK Festival4Stars in Runcorn on 18th November. That is probably too far for most of you though, so how about Tuesday 27th November, in Eldon Square, or Thursday 29th November at The Bay Horse, Whickham?
Tom will be back at Marabini's on Saturday, 1st December 2012.
Tom was able to take the opportunity to launch his new CD, Il Divino, named because that is what Giovanni, the proprietor of Marabini's, calls Tom.
Sylvia later said "Super night again at Marabini’s, great selection of material and great audience participation. Gold was particularly mad with that group at the back of the restaurant (joining in)! Giovanni’s not wrong though – Il Divino is certainly a title you are well worthy of.
Your new CD was well worth the wait and contains a brilliant cross section of differing song types. As you are probably aware there is one track in particular that still continues to reduce me to tears. No prizes though for guessing which one that is."
Tom is back at Marabini's this Saturday, 10th November, 2012.
For those interested in seeing him perform in Eldon Square, another date has been booked today. Tom will be there between 2pm and 6pm on 27th November 2012. Don't forget to check all Tom's public gigs can be found here.
When Tom was still at college, he sang at the Bay Horse with a group of fellow students, and later returned as a guest of Tony St John's. On each occasion Tom was touched by the response he got from the locals, and is delighted that Jeanette has invited him back to sing again, in his own right so to speak.
Tom will be making his CDs available for sale with £2 from each sale on the night, going to Help for Heroes. You can see Tom perform, from about 8pm, at the Bay Horse, Whickham on 29th November, 2012.
Last year, Tom raised £1,830 in one afternoon, and the reaction he got from shoppers was fantastic. Many of them bought his CD on the day, and later got in touch to say how much they enjoyed both his performance and CD.
Subsequently, Andrea Thompson, Co-Founder, Toma Fund said:
"Toma Fund would like to thank Tom for his ongoing help and support for our charity. Ever since Tom first performed for us in Eldon Square, "wowing" Newcastle at Christmas, people have commented to us about his AMAZING voice and talent.
If you haven't seen him before, you just won't be prepared for the quality and power of his performance. He has people in tears with some beautiful anthems and songs, and then foot tapping and up dancing to others - versatile should be his middle name!
Tom has already helped our charity raise thousands of pounds, and on top of that - he's a lovely, lovely young man to know and work with, and for caring so much about our cause.
Thank you Tom, from all at Toma Fund"
Tom will be performing on the 7th, 8th, 21st and 22nd of December, and his brand new CD, will be available to buy.
19th October 2012 - Vanessa and Elliott got in touch and said
"Tom Wyllie is "A must have for your wedding day and worth every penny!!!"
We just wanted to say a massive thank you and confirm how brilliant Tom was during the day and in the evening on the 13th October on our Wedding Day. In the evening he had the dance floor packed all night! He was great; absolutely everyone loved him, a real entertainer and did a great variation of songs. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better and he is a true professional. Thank you for making our day so special."
Elliott & Vanessa Hall
Congratulations to Paddy and Egil - nicer people you could not wish to meet - and best wishes for the next 25 years!
There were impressive numbers up doing the hand jive, and Tom sang on until just before midnight, with many dancing on until he finished, by request, with a second rendition of Nessun Dorma! So many people stopped to say how much they enjoyed the night, and although this was his first gig since being ill, it was clear Tom really enjoyed the night too.
Tom has a number of private bookings now, but will be back at Marabini's on Saturday, 3rd November 2012. Book your table now - if last night was anything to go by it will be a great night.
Thanks to everyone who has sent him their well wishes, and of course to Pete Brown, who stepped in at the last minute to sing to diners last night.
Tom aims to make next Saturday a night to remember by way of apology and thanks!
Not only did he introduce one or two new songs into his set from MIKA and Coldplay, but he rounded of the night to an ovation for his final number - Puccini's Nessun Dorma. It absolutely brought the house down!
If you would like to see another of Tom's amazing performances, book your table now as he is there for the next two Saturdays, 22nd and 29th September, 2012. See you there!
The Gig was Party Night for Cramlington Karate Club, and featured Blackjack Rock and of course Tom. Blackjack are a talentented band, who play covers of bands such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Free.... Not perhaps the first band you might think of to complement Tom's repertoire! But what they do, they do really well, and if this is your kind of music, then go along to one of their gigs - you won't be disappointed.
In fact, it turns out that the band and Tom have more in common than you might think. Tony St John, Tom's singing coach, also coaches Blackjack, helping them with their harmonising.
After Blackjack's first set, Tom took over singing songs from the full variety of genre that he sings, but after sitting through the band's first set, people were ready to get up and dance. Robin Harper-Coulson of Cramlington Karate Club, and organiser of the night said afterwards -
"Thanks Tom, what a night and what a contrast, both acts that were on were brilliant, one very heavy rock and your vocal set. I still can't believe that you sang for an hour and a half, danced and moved the audience so much without any errors, bum notes or missed lyrics. Thank you for at the last minute taking requests for songs and again were note perfect. I hope you spotted that 10 seconds into your first song that the audience who had never danced as yet were on their feet dancing and joining in with you.
I know on the night you received lots of feedback from the audience, especially about the opera. I think you should change you Facebook status about employment to professional singer as it can be only a matter of time before you are spotted and taken away from us to a wider audience.
Thank you again from us all
No need to add much more than that, other than to say thanks to Robin, the Karate Club members, and of course Blackjack!
Tom is on tonight at Marabini's, and looks forward to seeing everyone there. As ever, the restaurant is fully booked, so too late to suggest anyone comes along, but check out Tom's Gig list, as he'll be there again before long!
Tom sang two sets, the first a mix of swing and pop, with mixture of classics like "Mr Bojangles", with more modern material such as "The Man Who Can't Be Moved". In his second set, he sang some of the Pop Op, Classical and Musical Theatre material, for which he has developed a reputation, and which drew appreciative applause from the diners. Following his holiday, this was brother Ed's first gig back on sound too, which left Tom to do what he enjoys best!
Tom and his family would like to thank Fabrizio and his staff, for their hospitality, and very much look forward to working with them again.
You can catch Tom's next public gig at Marabini's on Saturday, 15th September, 2012. Book your table now!
With his brother still away in France, Tom was once again without his regular sound man, but he delivered a polished performance. You can catch him again this week, for his debut at Fratelli's in Ponteland on Thursday 30th August from about 7:00pm. Book now, as it is proving to be a popular night!
He will be back at Marabini's on 15th September, 2012.
Tom will also be returning to the recording studio again this week, as he continues to work on a second CD which he hopes to have finished for Christmas.
Tom performed his unique mix of Classical, Popular and Swing Music for diners, who enjoyed another great night. You can catch him there again on Saturday, 25th August 2012
He another couple of new songs into his repertoire - including "Here Comes The Sun". His next gigs at Marabini's are on Saturday Nights, starting next Saturday, 11th August, so be sure to book your table for a great night out!
For those who have enjoyed Tom's first CD - Crescendo, which is available where you see him sing, Tom has just started work recording a second one, which he hopes to have ready before Christmas!
He was back on form, introducing a couple of new songs, and judging by some really nice feedback, his voice was appreciated by many of the diners there.
Giovanni, has asked Tom to perform next Friday, 3rd August 2012, which is an extra date, not previously advertised. Call the restaurant on 01670 512201 and make your booking for what will be another great night out!
We'll keep you posted as to how he gets on, but meanwhile, it is great to see Tom back! He has more public gigs coming up, and at the end of the month is heading back to the recording studio.
Tom is also pleased to announce that he will be appearing at Ristorante Fratelli, in Ponteland on 30th August, 2012. He is very much looking forward to working with Marcello and his team there!
We wish to advise, that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Tom's 28th July 2012 Gig at Marabini's has been brought forward 24 hours. Tom will be appearing the night before - on Friday 27th July 2012.
Giovanni, and Tom are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
As previously reported, Tom won through the Durham Heat in May, and we are pleased to report that today Tom was a Regional Winner and is through to the National Final, to be held in November. As a Regional Winner, we understand Tom "will be asked to sign a twelve month contract which will include mentoring by industry professionals and a showcase of their talent to major record labels".
Congratulations to all the other category winners! It has been a great day - and a great event.
Tom leaves for the USA tomorrow, and his next public appearance will be at Marabini's Ristorante, Morpeth on 28th July 2012.
Tom said "I'm delighted to appear on behalf of Toma Fund again next Christmas. They do such great work, I'm really pleased to be associated with them, and after the success of the appearance for them last year, I'm really pleased to be able to confirm four dates for Toma Fund this time round".
He sang The Script's song The Man Who Can't Be Moved and accompanied himself on the Ukulele as he sang Train's Soul Sister.
This was Tom's last public performance (apart from the forthcoming North east Final of Uk Festival 4 Stars, until after he returns from the USA. He will be back at Marabini's, raring to go, on Saturday 28th July 2012. See you then!
Friday was a great night, the restaurant was fully booked, and there were folks who had eaten during happy hour, and having heard that Tom was singing, stayed until late into the night, all of which made for a busy night, and a great atmosphere!
Tom has recently got to know Anna Foster from Metro Radio, who came along with her lovely family, to see Tom perform, and she and Tom sang "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera. Very impromptu, poor Anna wasn't given a chance to warm up, perform a sound check, indeed she isn't used to singing with a microphone - but the diners were treated to a very special moment - it was fantastic.
Afterwards, Anna said "Tom, you were superb, well worth the hours journey! We have had a brilliant evening, we must sing together again!" But Anna - if you are looking in, we'd all like to thank you too - you were brilliant. You and your lovely family, made it a night we'll all remember!
Thanks too, to the many people, who made a point of saying how much they enjoyed the evening, and of course, as ever, to Mrs Sylvia Orrick, and husband Peter, who were seeing Tom perform for the fifth time!
Don't miss Tom's next appearance at Marabini's on 8th June 2012!
The Mayor, Cllr. Phil Taylor adopted the charity for any fundraising he undertakes in the role of Mayor, having been impressed with the support it gives to young people who might possibly end up being homeless.
Gillian Turner, Town Clerk, organised the event, and, having heard Tom perform at Marabini's in Morpeth, asked him if he would provide an hour of live entertainment, before the Disco. Tom's repertoire went down very well, he had guests dancing from the start, and ended up singing for just over an hour and a half!
Tom has become known for his classical and musical theatre repertoire, but here he performed swing, dance and pop - which all went down really well, demonstrating what a versatile singer he is.
Gillian Turner later said "We were all up dancing and
singing by the end of the first song. Everyone, including the Mayor, agreed that the evening was a HUGE SUCCESS and Tom was a fantastic performer - with Tom singing something for everyone - young and old!!".
Tom would like to thank all those involved with the organisation of the event, and especially the Mayor, and Gillian. He hopes too that it was a successful night for Barnabas Safe & Sound!
As ever, Tom introduced a couple of new songs, including a Julio Iglesias song, Te Voy A Contar Mi Vida. Everyone was having so much fun, he was still singing at Midnight!
It wasn't just the ladies that were up and dancing either. Tom performed his popular version of The Hand Jive, from Grease, which led to some hilarity!....
Finally, perhaps there is some truth that Giovanni and Tom are in some way related - they were even dressed identically on Saturday!
Don't miss Tom's next appearance at Morpeth's number one venue - Marabini's Ristorante, on Friday 18th May 2012
Thanks to everyone who took the time to say how much they enjoyed the evening, and thanks, as always to Giovanni (seen with Tom above) and his staff, who do such a fantastic job - it is a wonderful place to eat.
Tom is back on Saturday 5th May so book your table and get practicing the hand jive!!
Ring 0191 495 6187 to book your tickets now! At £5 each, it's great value for a great night out.
If you have been unable to get through on the above number, please, get in touch via the contact form here and we'll get back to you.
In the background you can see Herbert, one of the MetroGnomes, who - as you can see below, took a liking to Tom's CD, "crescendo".
We're waiting to hear how much was raised, but thank you to everyone who contributed to this great charity, to those who left such warm feedback and to those who bought the CD! Particular thanks go to Sylvia and Peter Orrick, who spent the whole day in Exhibition Square. This was the third time they have seen Tom perform, and they helped out with the fundraising on the day. Tom dedicated "Nella Fantasia" to Sylvia as it is one of her favourite songs.
If you were there and would like to offer some feedback on Tom's performance, please let us know via the Contact Form and we'll post it on the website!
Why not come along? Tom looks forward to seeing you there! His CD will be available to buy, with a donation from each sale going directly to Toma Fund!
As before, tickets are available from Sue Lawrence at Toma Fund, Tel: 0191 495 6187, e-mail: email@example.com. Alternatively, use the contact form here, and we'll direct your request for tickets. Finally, all those who were disappointed when the Martha's Bar gig didn't go ahead will be pleased to note that the tickets are just £5 (with every penny going to Toma Fund - a bargain for what will be a great night!
Marabini's Ristorante. Please see the Gig Dates page, where there are ten dates over the next six months listed. Why not book a table? The food is top rate, the Marabini hospitality is so warm, and you know you'll enjoy the entertainment too! Look forward to seeing you there!
It has been Tom's practice recently to perform his audience favourites whilst introducing one or two new songs. Saturday was no different, and, of course his renditions of O Sole Mio, Isabel, Nella Fantasia and Parla Pui Piano went down really well. New songs for the night included 'Til I Hear You Sing (well - that was one he hadn't sung for ages!), Up Town Girl (Billy Joel), My Interpretation (MIKA) and, one of the highlights of the night - The Hand Jive (Grease). He invited two lady diners, to "duel" hand jive with him to great applause! It was another thoroughly enjoyable night.
Don't miss Tom's next appearances. Next one at Marabini's is on Saturday 5th May 2012, but you can see him too at Martha's Bar at The Vermont Hotel on Friday, 30th March 2012 and at The Metro Centre, Gateshead on Saturday 7th April 2012 (please see "Gig Dates" page)
Thanks to everyone for making it a night to remember, including Rachel who got up and danced with Tom, and of course Giovanni and his fantastic staff!
Tom is back at Marabini's on Saturday 17th March 2012. It's a great venue with fantastic food and the famous Marabini's hospitality. Make your booking! - See more at: http://www.tomwyllie.co.uk/8/archives/03-2012/1.html#sthash.p8ItEmwp.dpuf
Indeed Tom was delighted to receive many compliments and enquiries last night, as he sang his mix of Classical and Musical Theatre, together with some swing and pop. He introduced some new songs (for Tom) which went down very well, including - just for Giovanni, Parla Plui Piano (from "The Godfather"). The night ended with people up and dancing to songs from Footloose, E.L.O. Take That and The Beatles.
Come and see Tom next at Marabini's on Friday 9th March 2012.
"Congratulations Tom on your amazing recent performance at Marabinis restaurant, I am privileged to have you singing for me. What a wonderful, natural talent you have. Every one of my customers have passed their compliments for you."
Thanks too to Ed, Tom's brother who often (but not always!) goes unnoticed as Tom's "sound man". Watch out for Tom's next appearance at Marabini's - Saturday, 3rd March 2012.
Tom will be back at Marabini's on Saturday, 7th January 2012. See you there!
Tom said " It has been a real privilege to perform on behalf of such a worthwhile cause. Andrea, and all at the Toma Fund do an amazing job, and I am delighted to have been able to help. When Sue Lawrence asked me to help, I was delighted to be able to say yes! Andrea and Sue know, I will be pleased to hear from them if they feel I can be of help in the future."
Sue Lawrence, Fundraising Assistant, said "Thank you for performing yesterday. It was amazing, you have a talent there, and definitely have a future in singing. Andrea rang last night to say they had already counted £1,600 and hadn't finished counting the last pennies! That was all down to you."
And subsequently on Toma Fund website -
"Another HUGE thank you to Mr Tom Wyllie for helping us raise a fantastic £1,830 at our Eldon Square collection over Christmas. Tom sang his little heart out for Toma Fund all day and had the crowds stand back in amazement; this is quite simply because he is AMAZING."
The Christmas shoppers really seemed to appreciate Tom's performance, with many taking the time to stop and listen. Tom would like to thank everyone who bought his CD; he gave over £100 to the Toma Fund from the sales. He would also like to thank all the people who stopped to offer kind words of encouragement, and of course to all who gave so generously to the Toma Fund.
Tom, whose performance last week for Rotary Club, Newcastle-upon-Tyne West was a great success, said "I'm delighted to be able to support the Toma Fund in this way, and hope we can raise lots of money for such a worthy cause. My new CD crescendo will be on sale on the day, and £1 from every sale will go to the Toma Fund". Tom will be appearing between 12 noon and 2pm.
So many people stopped to offer feedback. One listener commented - "I could hear him singing and I had to rush up, because I thought it must be Joe McElderry! But it's not it's Tom, and he's even better!"
Another came and said how much she loves Alfie Boe, and when she heard "Bring Him Home", she came to check it wasn't him!
He looks forward to seeing you there!
providing an expectant public with some entertainment prior to and just after the big moment at 11am. They seemed to enjoy it too! Thank you too, to all those who pre-ordered Tom's forthcoming CD. Not long to wait now!
Krystyna Dodds of Curiously Wicked said "As a trained musician myself, I was staggered by the purity and quality of Toms' voice when I first heard him sing and was honoured when he agreed to sing at our launch. The range and delivery of his performance is staggering and it's hard to believe that such an accomplished result comes from someone so young. Everyone thought he was marvellous and we had so many positive comments on the day and demands for his CD that orders needed to be taken! Needless to say, we bought two-one for the shop and one for home so that we could listen to him again and again. I firmly believe that Tom is a true star and that it's only a matter of time before he is discovered and given the opportunities he so deserves to bring his voice to the forefront internationally. Tom Wyllie will one day be a household name and we are so privileged to be one of the first to hear him perform. Thank you Tom."
Further discussions were brought to a halt though when 18 year old Harry Potter lookalike Tom Wyllie started singing. Tom shall hereafter be referred to as “The Voice” as, for about half an hour, he enthralled the audience and vendors alike with a mix of Opera, Pop and Swing music receiving enthusiastic and well deserved applause – interestingly enough he’s now showing bookings on his web site from Curiously Wicked and Sachins, so it looks like the quiet Sunday footfall didn’t stop him doing good business!"
Helen Greer, organiser of the event said "Tom's performance at the Northumbria Wine & Food Festival was the show stopper. He made everyone stop and listen with his incredible, powerful and moving voice. Tom has a singing talent like no other performer we have ever heard and with his stage charisma was undoubtedly the highlight of the festival. We would like to book him again next year if we possibly can. I, as Festival organiser, am very proud to recommend Tom and know that anyone who is fortunate enough to be at one of Tom's performances will be as thrilled and delighted as we were"
Tom was grateful to receive so much positive feedback, and sends his thanks to all those involved with the event - especially Helen & Rhian from the multi award winning Feathers Inn. Tom is very much looking forward to following up all the enquiries and bookings he received over the weekend!