Tom Butler Wins PRS for Music Songwriting Competition for Gigs 2014

Tom Butler won the PRS for Music Songwriting prize for the Mayor of London's Gigs Big Busk busking competition. Over 500 entries, 6 original songs were chosen, and 'Boats' won it all.

Guy Fletcher, Chairman of PRS for Music, who judged the songwriting award said:

"Tom’s winning song was well developed and nuanced but, above all, it was original. Lyrically, his metaphors and imagery were insightful and refreshing. He combined these with subtle, clever melodies and a genuine performance to create an arresting song."

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"Tom Butler grew up in a musically conscious family in Seattle, Washington. His exposure to a variety of genres and artists inspired him to start a career in music which started in Salt Lake City and eventually took him to London. In May he released his EP On The Line including his song “Boats.”


"Tom Butler is one of those artists that truly puzzles me as to why they aren't more popular. Originally from Seattle and now living in London, Butler brings his American roots to his music with an Americana Folk style that stands him out from the crowd.

Butler's music is simple, yet effective and his voice is clear and sharp. The haunting choral tones heard supporting him through the chorus of On The Line stay with you long after the final bar is through and the sheer clarity and simplistic nature of the music creates a huge connection with the audience. With a steady, consistent beat On The Line gets your head nodding and instills an easy, inclusive rhythm that keeps you invested and interested; it's a great, uncomplicated track that's easy to enjoy.

Tom Butler is a truly unique and appealing artist who I would wholly recommend - definitely ideal for fans of folk who may have a Tom-shaped hole in their collection..."

Megan Carthy
Head of Music
KUBE Radio


"Tom sounds very talented, very much in the Bob Dylan, Nick Drake kinda mould. “On The Line” is lyrically powerful, sounds like a protest song for the 21st Century...  “Boats” is great, ... decent cover of “Take Me Home Country Roads” too, that one shows the power of his voice. Certainly a name to watch out for in the future."
-Chris Straw, Producer, Bauer Media


Legendary producer Robin Millar joined Tony to discuss his career and pick out some of his favourite tracks. Also American folk singer/guitarist Tom Butler came in to play a few songs and enjoy the Six Degrees of Celebration feature.

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