Sign­ing of Big Tom book

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE Sligo sign­ing of the best-sell­ing book “Big Tom – The King of Ir­ish Coun­try” will take place in Ea­son’s on next Satur­day Novem­ber 3rd at 2 pm when author Tom Gil­more will be on hand to sign copies of the book.

THE book has spent over five weeks in Ire­land’s Top 10 best sell­ers, reach­ing num­ber five.

Big Tom and his band were hugely pop­u­lar in the Sligo area dur­ing the dance­hall days and he also recorded many songs about the county in­clud­ing “5,000 Miles Away from Sligo” and “Tub­ber­curry My Old Friend”.

He played his big­gest con­cert to over 82,000 Ir­ish em­i­grants at the Lon­don-Ir­ish Fes­ti­val in Round­wood Park, Willes­den in 1982. He was also the first Ir­ish singer to sell 100,000 copies of a vinyl LP, “Ashes of Love” in 1970 and 10 years later his record sales in 1980 were over one mil­lion. He died last April at the age of 81.

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