Dublin-born Tom Sherlock has worked as a full-time music business professional since 1982 when he began employment with leading Irish folk music label, Claddagh Records. He helped establish Claddagh as one of the world’s largest distributor of traditional music and opened up many new international territories for the label and its artists. During his fifteen years with the label Tom worked as A & R manager and also as production manager. Among the artists he worked closely with were The Chieftains. He also established a retail arm for the company and successfully managed Irelands leading folk and roots music record store.
Since 1997 Tom has worked in music management and event consultancy. He has represented many of the leading Irish traditional music acts among them Altan, Liam O’Flynn, The Poet and the Piper (Seamus Heaney & Liam O’Flynn), The Chieftains, Lankum, Karan Casey, Seamus Begley, Usher’s Island, Lunasa, Paddy Glackin and Roisin Elsafty. In recent years he has taken on management of the Danish band, Dreamers Circus and has overseen their growth to becoming a leading name in the Nordic Music scene.
Tom has wide experience of organizing tours in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Japan, China, Australia and has worked in most European countries. He works as a programming consultant and advisor to a number of festivals. A contributor to the respected reference works The Encyclopedia of Ireland and The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, he is an occasional lecturer in music business.
In 2012 he was Programme Manager of the North Atlantic Fiddle Festival (NAFCo2012) which ran successfully in Derry/Londonderry and Donegal. Along with Professor Ríonach uí Ógain of University College Dublin he was co-editor of The Otherworld -Music and Song from Irish Tradition -an illustrated book with 2 CDs on Irish music and folklore published by The Folklore Council of Ireland.
He recently produced and presented a 6 part radio series entitled “”Transmissions”” that explored commonalities between various international folk musics – this ran successfully on RTÉ Radio 1 (Irish national broadcaster). Previously he served as an advisor to the Irish Arts Council and has also worked in consultancy roles for the Government of Canada, the European Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland), The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Danish Roots amongst others. Tom is currently engaged by Music Estonia and Tempi (Denmark) to offer mentoring courses to musicians in those countries. He served, as treasurer, on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin for six years (www.itma.ie) and previously served at board level for Open House Festival in Belfast and the Dublin Folk Festival.