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Hello, I'm Tom McNair. I Play Guitar, Saxophone and I sing and beatbox and I mix them all together using a loop pedal. I record the loops LIVE on stage and create the sound of a full band. Mainly beautiful Reggae and Blues but also upbeat Funk and Dance grooves. I'm Currently touring the UK promoting my
latest album "Song For Light Warriors" which has a strong "Acoustic Blues" influence with flavours of Reggae and the "singer songwriter" kind of genre. I worked hard to keep the feel of this album very organic and intimate.
   I'm following my dream of being an independent musician, Writing and recording music inspired by my experiences. Also important to me is the lifestyle that I have achieved with this endeavour of music. I spend a lot of time with my wife and children and we live in an old library van. The humble abode means that we don't need loads of money to sustain ourselves and that is why I get to spend lots of time with my family and why I am so blooming happy so much of the time. The poignant part of this to me is that the money part is a TRAP that can require loads of work or commitment or selling your soul (doing it just for the money) just to stay in the trap. where as lower outgoings require less of these so I can WORK with my kids on their ABC's (and mine) and commit to doing things that I want to do and facilitating things that my family want to do and I don't sell my soul in the process.
 
 

i do it in the street!!!

-----WHY??-----



 
This website is not just here to promote my music. there is a Forum here for conversation about positively changing society or maybe creating a space in society where people who dream of living a simple life close to the land and each other can do so - opting out of the rat race and the strenuous taxation which is placed on our time and money.

   We can learn how to create useful things and trade with each other cultivate land and grow food. Love real life. and live in communities together. To me, working at a job that just provides money to buy food and pay for a roof over your head is a distant cousin of real life. I would like to get closer to actually living.
  
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  • Bob Speke

    Bob Speke Winchcombe

    Best cd I'll ever buy off a guy outside M&S Cheltenham. Thanks

    Best cd I'll ever buy off a guy outside M&S Cheltenham. Thanks

  • Amy

    Amy Bath

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. You took my soul to places today!! Been humming and singing your song all day!! Load of love from my baby girl and I! Message posted on my Facebook today: This guy is simply amazing!! #woodsmoke #lovelikefire #bathbusking It’s simply beautiful to live in Bath and experience the busking on a daily basis, so many talented artist at our doorstep . Woodsmoke (Tom Mc Nair) truly struck a chord with our little one! She wouldn’t go to sleep just sat there listening to him and munching on her snack! We were listening to him for a good 20min. His music just transported me to places, peaceful places. There was something about him and about his music... just couldn’t put my finger on it. I bought his CD, listened to it as soon as we got home. I googled him, all my question marks cleared up when I read his bio on his website! It said it all... I support independent artist as much as I can. I hope you do too. People like him should be able to share with us their talent and genius. Thanks again for making those 20 min so special Woodsmoke. https://loopytom.com

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. You took my soul to places today!! Been humming and singing your song all day!! Load of love from my baby girl and I!

    Message posted on my Facebook today:

    This guy is simply amazing!!
    #woodsmoke #lovelikefire #bathbusking
    It’s simply beautiful to live in Bath and experience the busking on a daily basis, so many talented artist at our doorstep .
    Woodsmoke (Tom Mc Nair) truly struck a chord with our little one! She wouldn’t go to sleep just sat there listening to him and munching on her snack!
    We were listening to him for a good 20min.
    His music just transported me to places, peaceful places. There was something about him and about his music... just couldn’t put my finger on it. I bought his CD, listened to it as soon as we got home.
    I googled him, all my question marks cleared up when I read his bio on his website! It said it all...

    I support independent artist as much as I can. I hope you do too. People like him should be able to share with us their talent and genius. Thanks again for making those 20 min so special Woodsmoke.
    https://loopytom.com

  • Claire

    Claire Manchester

    Hi Tom, My sister and I were in Stratford this lunchtime. We sat outside Cafe Nero just relaxing and thoroughly enjoying your music.... I felt completely drawn to it as soon as I heard you. We bought a cd an loved listening to it on our way back to Manchester, thank you. Have had a quick read of your bio too and love your whole ethos and attitude to how you live you life; food for thought indeed. 👍👍👍

    Hi Tom,
    My sister and I were in Stratford this lunchtime. We sat outside Cafe Nero just relaxing and thoroughly enjoying your music.... I felt completely drawn to it as soon as I heard you. We bought a cd an loved listening to it on our way back to Manchester, thank you. Have had a quick read of your bio too and love your whole ethos and attitude to how you live you life; food for thought indeed. 👍👍👍

  • Hutch

    Hutch Salisbury

    Chris Rea by the way, that's who you remind me of.😁

    Chris Rea by the way, that's who you remind me of.😁

  • Hutch

    Hutch Salisbury

    I too was in Bath today and found myself drawn to your music. Even the kids stood there in the cold and listened, which is a rare thing I can tell you. I thought you were ace and felt I had to support you with a CD purchase. Boy am I glad I did 😁 really impressed and even my boy who was watching asked if he could play the CD in his room! Thank you for the music I will do my best to share.

    I too was in Bath today and found myself drawn to your music. Even the kids stood there in the cold and listened, which is a rare thing I can tell you. I thought you were ace and felt I had to support you with a CD purchase. Boy am I glad I did 😁 really impressed and even my boy who was watching asked if he could play the CD in his room! Thank you for the music I will do my best to share.

  • Rai

    Rai Chippenham

    I came into Bath today to take my daughters guitar in to get fixed (fingers crossed on that one) . What can I say, love your tone, you are my new fav sound of the moment . Played your album and so pleased j bought it . Bless keep doing what your doing and hope to see you perform live sometime (It was a bit chilly to stand around too long today )

    I came into Bath today to take my daughters guitar in to get fixed (fingers crossed on that one) . What can I say, love your tone, you are my new fav sound of the moment . Played your album and so pleased j bought it . Bless keep doing what your doing and hope to see you perform live sometime (It was a bit chilly to stand around too long today )

  • SUE

    SUE Australia

    Like most, you stopped me in my tracks when I heard you play!! I too had to buy your CD. I surrendered to your music in both good times and challenging ones! Thanks a million. Someone has 'borrowed' my CD - how can I get another without travelling back to the UK??? Much love to you and your family, you are truly living a fabulous life.

    Like most, you stopped me in my tracks when I heard you play!! I too had to buy your CD. I surrendered to your music in both good times and challenging ones! Thanks a million. Someone has 'borrowed' my CD - how can I get another without travelling back to the UK??? Much love to you and your family, you are truly living a fabulous life.

  • Databoy

    Databoy Cheltenham

    Just read all of your website. I truly admire your way of life and appreciate your values. I prefer a bit more of the modern comforts so do have to 'sell my soul' a bit to earn the money required to support that. Still, agree that family (and closest friends) is THE most important thing in life and lots of material possessions are unimportant. You are an incredibly talented musician and you are correct that you are better at producing your own work than doing covers of other people's. It is great that your music supports your family in the way of life you have chosen. I would wish that you could become a major artist and earn millions - but I accept that this is not your ambition.

    Just read all of your website. I truly admire your way of life and appreciate your values. I prefer a bit more of the modern comforts so do have to 'sell my soul' a bit to earn the money required to support that. Still, agree that family (and closest friends) is THE most important thing in life and lots of material possessions are unimportant.

    You are an incredibly talented musician and you are correct that you are better at producing your own work than doing covers of other people's. It is great that your music supports your family in the way of life you have chosen. I would wish that you could become a major artist and earn millions - but I accept that this is not your ambition.

  • Databoy

    Databoy Cheltenham

    Hi Tom Just saw you in Cheltenham and loved your music. Bought your album and am listening to it now. It is giving me goosebumps. Bought all your other downloads of your original stuff.

    Hi Tom

    Just saw you in Cheltenham and loved your music. Bought your album and am listening to it now. It is giving me goosebumps. Bought all your other downloads of your original stuff.

  • Emma Carryl

    Emma Carryl London

    A colleague at work just showed me you on YouTube, after 15 minutes of going through songs I can officially say I AM A FAAAAAN! I'm also an artist, you and your music have been the inspiration, the breath of life I've been needing as I've been feeling 'starved of creativity' due to 9-5 life. Tried to sign up to the mailing list and it wasn't working :( have to hear, see and know more! We need more artist's like you that resonate truth, integrity, soul, and passion for what they do, not for what doors it will open, but the hearts it will touch. What you have cultivated through your own spirit and being is your calling and a healing to my ears and the rest of the world. Thank you Please add me to the mailing list and I have to come to see you live! Emma Carryl e.carryl@me.com Peace & blessings!!!!

    A colleague at work just showed me you on YouTube, after 15 minutes of going through songs I can officially say I AM A FAAAAAN!
    I'm also an artist, you and your music have been the inspiration, the breath of life I've been needing as I've been feeling 'starved of creativity' due to 9-5 life.

    Tried to sign up to the mailing list and it wasn't working frown have to hear, see and know more! We need more artist's like you that resonate truth, integrity, soul, and passion for what they do, not for what doors it will open, but the hearts it will touch. What you have cultivated through your own spirit and being is your calling and a healing to my ears and the rest of the world. Thank you

    Please add me to the mailing list and I have to come to see you live!

    Emma Carryl

    e.carryl@me.com

    Peace & blessings!!!!

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