Creative Impact
Conference 2022

Tallinn 6 May
Narva 7 May

Tom Sherlock

Dublin-born Tom Sherlock has worked as a full-time music business professional since 1982 when he began employment with the leading Irish folk label Claddagh Records. He helped to establish Claddagh as one of the world's largest distributors of traditional music. During his fifteen years with the label, Tom worked as A & R manager and also as a production manager. He also established a retail arm for the company and successfully managed Ireland's leading folk and roots music record store. He has represented many of the leading Irish traditional music acts among them Altan, Liam O'Flynn, The Poet and the Piper (Seamus Heaney & Liam O'Flynn), The Chieftains, Lankum, Karan Casey, Seamus Begley, Usher’s Island, Lunasa, Paddy Glackin and Roisin Elsafty. Tom has wide experience of organizing tours in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Japan, China, and Australia and has worked in most European countries. He works as a programming consultant and advisor to a number of festivals. He has served as an advisor to the Irish Arts Council and has also worked in consultancy roles for the Government of Canada, the European Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland), The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Danish Roots amongst others. Tom is currently engaged by Music Estonia and Tempi (Denmark) to offer mentoring courses to musicians in those countries. He served, as treasurer, on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin for six years and previously served at the board level for the Open House Festival in Belfast and the Dublin Folk Festival.