Thom Dutton received his Bachelor of Music degree in voice and piano from the Houghton School of Music in 1982. After singing a wedding with a harpist, he wanted to learn to play the harp, and upon discovering that his house was structurally unfit to hold his piano, he decided it was time. He began studying the harp at the Cape Cod Conservatory in 1987 and since that time has logged in over 1000 performances. Having been told that it would take 3-5 years before he would be ready to make public appearances, he made his debut playing Christmas carols for a local production of ” Home for Christmas” after only 6 months. Since then he has made concert, coffee-house and festival appearances throughout New England and New York.
Thom toured Ireland for 3 years with the Healys and appeared with them on their first-ever tour of Northern Ireland in 1999. In 2004, Thom added England and Wales to his list of international venues. Thom’s singing resume includes soloist with many local choral groups, a trip as soloist to the Bournemouth International Music Makers Festival in Bournemouth, England, and a singing tour of cathedrals in England and France. The Troubadour Harper is a regular at First Night Celebrations, and his Annual Christmas Card Concerts grow in popularity each year. In 1991 the Troubadour Harper made history giving 7 concerts at the 10th hole of J.J. Clammp’s Miniature Golf Course on Nantucket. In 1994 he hosted and performed for Beechtree Acoustics, a 10 week outdoor concert series he created for Monarch Rose Productions.
Thom brings 25 years of theatrical experience with him, during which time he produced, directed and performed in over 75 shows. Inevitably he brought the harp to the stage for which he received the Evelyn Lawson Award for his incidental music for the Academy Playhouse’s production of ” Eleemosynary” in 1992 and a special merit award for ” Outstanding Musical Scoring and Performance” from the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres for his incidental music for Woods Hole Theatre Company’s production of ” Three Tall Women” in 2001. The Troubadour Harper was named ” Millennium Harper of Cape Cod” for his work playing in the Cape’s nursing homes. Thom was also the recipient of the Judge’s Overall Performance Award for Outstanding Musicianship at the 1991 New England Regional Folk Harp Competition. His dream came true when he was selected as a featured performer for the 1994 International Folk Harp Conference. In 1998, he was named an Outstanding Young Man in America for his continued contributions to the cultural enrichment of his community, and his outstanding professional achievements.
Other activities include founding the Pilgrim Harp Circle of Cape Cod, in addition to his exploration of the ancient medieval uses of harp in healing through his work with mindedbody.com, a computer program which uses guided imagery for stress reduction and relaxation, and his enrollment in the Music For Healing & Transitioning Program. Through his company, Cape Side Music, Thom has released four critically acclaimed recordings (” Celtic Charms” , ” Cape Cod Ballads” , ” Song of the Star” , & ” I Know Where I’m Going” ), and has published more than a dozen books of harp music.