REWIND two years and singer songwriter Tommy Reilly was given his big break in the music industry after winning a TV talent contest.
The 21-year-old, from Torrance, has defied such contests’ customary one-hit wonder curse with the release of his second album, as well as a tour with The Proclaimers and performances in America.
Now the young singer is looking forward to his first appearance at the world-famous Celtic Connections festival next week.
It’s been a sharp rise to stardom for Tommy, who beat 50 other UK finalists to win Channel 4’s Orange Unsigned Act competition and scooped a record deal with A&M (home of Duffy, Courteeners and Dan Black).
His debut album Words On The Floor was released and follow-up Hello! I’m Tommy Reilly hit the shelves last year. Tommy, a former Torrance Primary pupil, told the Herald: “It was a great age for me to get the break that I did. It’s been an amazing couple of years and I’m enjoying trying to make a career out of it.
“Supporting The Proclaimers was great. I love them and was really chuffed to tour with them.”
Until the end of last year, Tommy was touring pretty much non-stop across the UK and even made it to the South by Southwest Festival in Texas.
Next Thursday (January 27) he plays at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre during Celtic Connections.
Tommy added: “It’s really great to be involved. It will be nice to play a gig where people are sitting down. I’ve not really done a gig since October so I’m really looking forward to it.”