Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin & John Arden, used with permission

Springfield singer-songwriter Tom Irwin and playwright John Arden are bringing their production about the life and times of a Sangamon County teenager back for another run.

Tom Irwin Music

Artists of all kinds often struggle to find inspiration for their work, but sometimes it strikes in unexpected ways. For singer/songwriter and columnist Tom Irwin, inspiration came from a diary he found. It was written more than 125 years ago by a young man who lived in the same Pleasant Plains farmhouse that’s been in his family for generations.

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Tune in to this week's version of The Scene - Scott Faingold & Rachel are joined by special guest host, local singer/songwriter Tom Irwin.

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Tom Irwin is one of Springfield's most successful, and certainly most visible, musicians. His songs have a timeless quality, often with a folksiness about them. On Sunday, he celebrates 20 years of playing once a week at Brewhaus bar in Springfield (617 E Washington St).  That event is from 7 to 10 pm, 10/25.

Irwin stopped by the WUIS studios to share these tunes and have a chat with us:

You can hear all the songs Tom Irwin performed for us in their entirety: