SUM­MER OF SOUL

THIS SEA­SON, BRI­TISH MU­SI­CIAN TOM WAR­DLE SET­TLES DOWN IN SAG HAR­BOR.

Hamptons Magazine - - Contents - BY SA­MAN­THA YANKS

This sea­son, Bri­tish mu­si­cian Tom War­dle set­tles down in Sag Har­bor.

The minute I heard your acous­tic rock ’n’ roll-meets-pop-and­soul vibe, I knew your sound would be per­fect for sum­mer nights in the Hamp­tons. Tell me what you have in the pipe­line for this sum­mer. So far, lots of events, pri­vate par­ties, and beach clubs, in­clud­ing an event at the Par­rish Art Mu­seum, which looks like a fan­tas­tic venue. I’m ex­cited to an­nounce that I’ll be start­ing a weekly res­i­dency at the Bridge­hamp­ton Inn, too, play­ing an acous­tic set out­side in the sum­mer evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm ev­ery Thurs­day, kick­ing off June 15th. I’ll also be mak­ing an appearance or two at the Wölf­fer Es­tate Vine­yard and 668 The Gig Shack, out in Mon­tauk. As an English­man mov­ing to Sag Har­bor, how has it been? What was the mo­ti­va­tion? I wanted a new chal­lenge af­ter London, and it’s long been an am­bi­tion of mine to bring my music to the US. I ar­rived early June, and al­ready it feels like home. Ev­ery­one has been so wel­com­ing, friendly, and en­thu­si­as­tic. That’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Amer­i­cans and the English, I find, and it’s part of why I wanted to come here. It feels re­ally good to have the op­por­tu­nity to be in the Hamp­tons and show­cas­ing what it is I do best: per­form­ing live and en­ter­tain­ing crowds.

Last sum­mer I vis­ited Mon­tauk and was de­ter­mined to come back and be part of it all this sum­mer. It is such a great scene in the Hamp­tons, and to­tally dif­fer­ent

“I’M ORIG­I­NALLY FROM NOT­TING­HAM, LAND­LOCKED IN THE MID­DLE OF ENG­LAND, SO BE­ING BY THE BEACH IS A VERY WEL­COME CHANGE IN­DEED!”— tom war­dle

from any­thing over in the UK, I feel. I felt there was def­i­nitely a mar­ket for my music here, so that in it­self was mo­ti­va­tion enough. I’m orig­i­nally from Not­ting­ham, land­locked in the mid­dle of Eng­land, so be­ing by the beach is a very wel­come change in­deed! This sum­mer you’ll be writ­ing your de­but al­bum in Sag Har­bor. What a won­der­ful place to find in­spi­ra­tion. What made you fall in love with the area? What a beau­ti­ful place— very Old World and charm­ing. I love the ar­chi­tec­ture and see­ing the flags hang­ing from the build­ings. It’s a very pretty place in­deed, es­pe­cially down by the har­bor. The sun­sets down at Long Beach, too—just per­fect. I think turn­ing the old Art Deco cin­ema into an arts cen­ter is a fan­tas­tic idea and will be an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the town and an­other fo­cal point for it. I’m told that Sag Har­bor is a fa­vorite haunt of artists and writ­ers in the Hamp­tons, so it’s a nice twist of fate that I’ve ended up here, too, to use the area as a source of in­spi­ra­tion. I’ve re­leased EPS and had some great ra­dio play back in the UK, so I’m us­ing the time here to get my new ideas down and get the al­bum fin­ished be­ing writ­ten and see how I fare state­side.

I’ve read re­cently that Sag Har­bor was named one of the hap­pi­est sea­side towns in the Us—which iron­i­cally up­set some of the lo­cals! I’ve not been here very long at all, but I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know the area and meet all of these happy peo­ple! You live in London and have played ev­ery­where from Paris to Geneva to the Turks and Caicos. What are some hits you plan on cov­er­ing this sum­mer in the Hamp­tons? I’m very for­tu­nate. I’ve played some great par­ties and events in some beau­ti­ful homes and venues around the world these past three or four years, and I’m thrilled that I can now add the Hamp­tons to that list. I en­joy cov­er­ing songs you wouldn’t ex­pect to be done on acous­tic gui­tar, so for ex­am­ple you might hear me play­ing “Rasp­berry Beret” by Prince, fol­lowed by “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy. Part of what makes my job so en­joy­able is hav­ing peo­ple come and shout re­quests out to me: “Any­thing by The Weeknd?” You got it. “Any Mo­town?” Of course! It keeps me on my toes and keeps things fresh. Be sure to check out Tom War­dle on itunes and Spo­tify and at tomwar­dle.co.uk.

Tom War­dle has played over 1,400 gigs in his decade-plus of per­form­ing and knows more than 400 songs—a reper­toire he’ll be dig­ging into on the East End all sum­mer long.

Al­though he has per­formed all over the world, War­dle has cho­sen the Hamp­tons to be his home base this sum­mer—and the in­spi­ra­tion to fin­ish writ­ing his first full-length al­bum.

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