Tony James Shevlin is an Anglo-Irish singer-songwriter who has been a professional musician for most of his adult life, and has performed around the world, from Europe to Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and Australia. Along the way he’s had songs used by Amnesty International, The Troggs and REM.
In 2015 Tony toured the US with his album Songs From the Last Chance Saloon – an album which brings together his influences of growing up in an Irish household, listening to the Beatles and Marty Robbins. Whilst out on the road, he wrote 11 songs – one for each thousand of the 11,000 miles he drove across the country. These songs featured on the 2017 album American Odyssey, many of the songs name-checking cities that he passed through such as Santa Fe Sadness, Tucumcari Sunset and Kansas City Won’t Let Me Go.
The Daily Country called American Odyssey “an outsider’s love letter to the United States.” Americana UK called it “a sonic postcard… Anglo Americana travelogue that hits the spot…” while RnR Magazine concluded “It’s like listening to a musical roadmap and at each stop there’s a good song with something to say.”
Tony splits his time between the UK playing with his backing band The Chancers and the US where he plays solo house concerts.