Tom Morley

Tom Morley, Violinist & Fiddler

Vibrato-AE Violin (BAR-AEV) in Natural

Quote: "I've been playing Barcus-Berry violins since the late 70s. In the genres I've mainly worked in over the years - Celtic, Country, Jazz, Western Swing, and Bluegrass - all I've ever wanted is a warm, true violin sound at a bigger volume and my Barcus-Berry violins have always reliably delivered that sound. Currently, I've been performing with my Celtic/World Music group Mithril in symphony pops concerts, backed by various orchestras around the U.S, and I bring my Barcus-Berry violin for these important gigs. It sounds exceptionally good soaring above the string section and yet always blends in perfectly. So, I can honestly say that from beer halls to Symphony Halls, I've trusted Barcus-Berry violins. They've been an important part of my 30+ years (so far) as a professional violinist!"

Bio: In a three-decade career, from Nashville to the Gulf Coast and beyond, Tom Morley has performed exclusively on Barcus-Berry electric violins. A classically trained violinist, he has performed on stage and in the studio in genres ranging from Celtic and Country to Swing, Jazz, and Classical, sharing the stage with performers such as Ray Price, Emmylou Harris, Jo-el Sonnier, and Riders in the Sky. In orchestral performances, he has worked with artists including Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, The Moody Blues, Harry Connick, Jr., Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Luciano Pavarotti. As an Irish/Celtic fiddler, Tom has made multiple trips to Ireland to perform and research the music of County Clare and western Ireland. Along the way, he's studied with and played alongside legendary musicians including Tommy Peoples, Manus and Seamus McGuire, Kevin Burke, Liz Caroll, and Robin Bullock. His band Mithril is one of the premiere Celtic/World music groups on the Gulf Coast and has performed on concert series and with symphony orchestras around the U.S. As a jazz violinist, Tom recorded and toured with New Orleans clarinetist Tim Laughlin, including two European tours with Tim's New Orleans Jazz All-Stars. Tom's playing on the albums Talkin' Swing (recorded with Laughlin) and his own Major & Minor Swing earned great reviews in national publications, including JazzTimes and Fiddler Magazine. As a member of 'new traditionalist' country artist John Anderson's band in the 1980s, he earned a gold album for his contributions on Wild and Blue, which broke new ground in the country-crossover genre. He toured with Anderson for five years and played on several of his classic Warner Bros. albums.

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