b. 24 December 1950, Richmond, Surrey, England. Hallom has become known for his interpretations of traditional Australian songs, as well as his own compositions. Spending some of his earlier years in Australia, Hallom began playing clubs, festivals and concerts in 1974. It was as a songwriter that he turned to reworkings of Australian themes from original tunes. He moved back to Britain in 1979. Travellin’ Down The Castlereagh was well-received by the popular press, and The Guardian described it as the ‘best debut album in years’. This was followed in 1982 by US and Canadian tours, culminating in appearances at the Philadelphia and Vancouver festivals. The follow-up, A Run A Minute, included the Ewan MacColl song ‘My Old Man’, and featured backing from Jez Lowe and Chris Coe, among others. From 1984-87, Hallom studied for a degree, and apart from occasional club appearances and continuing with songwriting, now lectures in sociology in York. For Old Australian Ways, Hallom coaxed Nic Jones back into the limelight, by getting him to provide backing vocals on the album. It also featured the work of a number of Australian writers set to tunes by Hallom. He retired from performing for a while to study sociology, but returned to active work with 1998’s On The Periphery.
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