Tom began playing folk music at a young age in Shropshire. Moving to London to study classical violin at Trinity College of Music he continued to play traditional repertoire and to branch out into other styles such as klezmer and jazz.
With contemporary folk trio Effra Tom has performed at most of the major folk festivals in the country such as Cambridge and Shrewsbury, live on BBC Radio 3 and in venues including Kings Place. Effra has also released two studio albums to high critical acclaim.
Tom also performs with a number of other groups including the Ceilidh Liberation Front which entertains the masses at Southbank Centre, the Royal Academy of Arts and at many a festival up and down the country. They are a part of the Nest Collective headed by acclaimed folk singer Sam Lee.
When not performing, Tom runs the folk ensembles at the Centre for Young Musicians in Lambeth, leads workshops and other classes with the English Folk Dance and Song Society and teaches a number of private students to play the violin and mandolin.