Ships loom large in the imagination of Tom Hickox.
A story-teller, he seems drawn to epic voyages, to pitting his characters against the extremity of nature and physical endurance.
Always ready to move forward, Tom Hickox applies a literary virtuosity to his material, with each song seeming to be like a parable.
Stopping past the Shed Sessions to record a few live clips, the songwriter was no rich form. Strolling through 'The Lisbon Maru' he really makes the central character come to life - an old drunken sailor in a harbour bar, it's a romantic, windswept tale.
Check it out now.
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Tom Hickox is set to play the following show:
25 London Union Chapel