The Shed challenges listeners with an ever-changing list of performers that the minds behind Smitty’s have curated to entertain and enlighten. You may think that going to see a classical accordionist or Indian Sarod player is out of your comfort zone, but trust that the Smitty’s team won’t lead you astray. The Shed is always forward thinking, but most importantly, always good.
Tom is very excited to be releasing his debut album with his group Asterope in August 2018 on the Edition Records label, as part of winning the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize. This gig will be a great opportunity to hear Tom's music in an intimate setting before they head to the album launch in October to kick off their tour, as well as pick up a CD after the show.
The band consists of Dave Storey- Drums, Billy Marrows- Guitar, Flo Moore- Bass, Rupert Cox- Piano and Tom Barford- Saxophones. Compositional influences include Brad Mehldau, Mark Lockheart, John Scofield, Paul Motion, Iain Ballamy and Troyka. Tom's compositions have been described by Downbeat magazine as "Excellent".
"His writing in wonderfully intricate and demanding yet exuberantly listenable. We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament" - Evan Parker