TOM WALSH grew up in a musical family in the Dublin suburb of Rathmines. His father Fergus was a noted dance bandleader. In the late 1960s, Tom began to play guitar and mandolin, and as his expertise quickly developed he became captivated by the emergence of a generation of Irish traditional and folk groups, spearheaded by Planxty. He formed an early musical alliance with Joe Foley, a bouzouki player who has subsequently built an awesome reputation as a luthier. Tom and Joe have played together since 1972, and enjoy a level of musical telepathy, which enriches any environment
After serving a musical apprenticeship with various fledgling combinations,
Tom and Joe formed a band called AN BEAL BOCHT in 1980 from participants in
the Monday night sessions held there - the group also included Tim Ryan on button
accordeon Hugh Magee on flute and Johnny Curtis on bodhran. They quickly built
a reputation as a live act, performing regularly at all the major Dublin folk
and traditional venues, notably at Ollie Casserley's Blackbird Club in Slattery's
of Capel St. The next incarnation of An Beal Bocht took shape in the mid-1980s
when uilleann piper and singer Pat Broaders, along with guitarist Mark Lysaght,
joined Tom, Joe and Johnny to form An Beal Bocht Version 2. This group definitely
evoked echoes of Planxty both in terms of instrumentation and style. Sadly apart
from some demos, both line-up was never recorded, and after some success at
home and abroad on the gig circuit, split up in 1988.
In the '90s, Tom continued his musical journey with the association of Joe Foley.
An Beal Bocht made some fleeting re-appearances, notably at the Oslo Irish Music
Festival in 1993. Then, in the mid-90s, things stepped up a gear with the formation
of RATTLIN' STRINGS by Bob Bales who also fronted the band and where Tom and Joe linked up with other
high-calibre musicians to form this powerhouse traditional supergroup which recorded
two notable CDs. After over 30 years writing, recording and performing music,
Tom decided to make a solo CD along with treasured musical friends.
welcome to "In Company".