My Two Toms

My Two Toms

Releases: Who We Were and What We Meant By It


“Sometimes I have to concede: you actually can write a good song without words.” - David-Ivar Herman Düne

My Two Toms are Tom Cops and Tom Stubbs. They play instrumental songs for banjo, guitar and ukulele, and both live in Bristol.

With a shared interest in traditional Appalachian folk music, and from their self-restricted palette, they manage to create small masterpieces. Some songs can be lighthearted and carefree; some contain a sweeping drama. It is the acute sense of melody which is the core of the Toms' music, however; it makes their songs instantly familiar and has won them a select group of fans from around the world.

They released their first album, Field Recordings, on Cops' own slumber party label in 2002, and followed it up with Two the year after, with John Peel favourably giving airplay. Both of these are collected on a Mole in the Ground Records reissue. They have toured the midwestern United States with Charlie Parr, and supported a diverse and acclaimed range of artists in the UK.

My Two Toms will release their third record, Who We Were and What We Meant By It, on stitch-stitch in the summer of 2010. François plays trumpet, and Matt Jones and Kate Wright (Crescent, Movietone) add drums, piano, double bass and percussion.

The Toms also play with their friends Bucky as the Lonely Ponies.

Press Images

Band photograph (17.8cm x 17.9cm, 300dpi, 2.7Mb zip file)