Tommy Guihen was born and reared on a small farm in the townland of Bodorragha, between Keadue and Arigna in north Co. Roscommon. He began playing the flute at the age of fourteen and quickly became an accomplished player of the Roscommon/Leitrim/Sligo style of traditional flute playing. He won the under 18 All-Ireland title in Ennis in 1977 and the senior All-Ireland title in Listowel in 1978. He toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceolteóirí Éireann in the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s performing in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
He turned down many offers to play professionally in the USA, preferring to stay in Ireland and live in his native area. Tommy never yearned for fame or promotion, but preferred to play his music for the enjoyment of local people at concerts and music sessions during the past decades. He played throughout the 1980s in counties Roscommon, Leitrim and Sligo with a local band called Shebeen. Tommy has always learned tunes exclusively by ear. As a young man he learned all his music from local musicians. He admires the old individual and regional styles of older musicians which he feels are sadly in decline due to the wide availability of recordings and advances in technology.
Track List: THE TORN JACKET