Take Two – Mic McCreadie & Tom Palmer.
Around 1979/80 Mic was introduced to singer/guitarist Tom Palmer by Tom’s girlfriend Mary and after a few meetings where they tried out some songs together it was soon clear they had not only a real a rapport but also a really fantastic vocal and instrumental blending with extremely pleasing harmonies. There was an immediate decision, heartily endorsed by their partners and wives that they should waste no time in forming a duo. This is how the acclaimed acoustic duo: ‘Take Two’ came into being with Tom on vocals and guitar and Mic on vocal, guitar and bass guitar. Being already established performers on the local pub scene they each had a reputation and a stable of venues to approach for bookings so there was little shortage of gigs. Regular rehearsals led to an eclectic and unusual repertoire mixing Beatles with Country and Contemporary material to great effect.
These rehearsals took place in each others houses but sometimes, after a lunch time session, they’d be granted use of the large ballroom of The Penmare Hotel, sadly gone now and replaced by a housing complex. The owner Mick Hanley an ebullient Irishman, had been given, as a birthday gift, a book on how to mix cocktails and soon set about creating exotic concoctions of all sorts of colours, strengths and flavours. If however any of these dubious potions proved distasteful to the eagerly gathered testers and judges, and incredibly some did, they were not thrown out, flushed away down the drain like some toxic waste. No, they were brought instead to Mic & Tom, who’d be rehearsing next door in the large ballroom and these gallant lads, abhorring all senseless waste of good booze, would despatch the offending fluids with evidently well practised ease. On these occasion it’d be fair to say that not very much in the way of sorted arrangements were ever concluded. In spite of this major distraction however they did manage, over time and with infinite patience, to create a fairly full repertoire covering a broad range of material.
With this resource they enjoyed a couple of years of great success, forged a firm friendship and gigged in pubs and clubs throughout the South West and all the major Folk Festivals in the County before parting amicably in 1982/3 to pursue their respective solo careers.
aTomMic Fusion – Acoustic Excellence.
In 2012 Mic met up again with Tom who’d now returned from a life of wandering, and even got as far as Australia, decided to come back to the South West and settled near Looe. In due time he and Mic got back in touch and after a few rehearsals it was clear they still had the old magic between them so they decided they ought to reform. As usual Mic’s quirky comedic attitude soon provided a suitable name for the pair and they became: ‘aTomMic Fusion: Acoustic Excellence’. They were still playing a highly eclectic repertoire and once again delighting audiences all over the West Country and beyond.
Sadly though the decline in pubs following the smoking ban and the rise of ‘open mic nights’ (where the landlord saved the expense of professional musicians and simply supplied the required equipment so that anyone who fancied it could ‘have a go’ for free) brought with it the regretful side effect of a lot less venues and therefore a paucity of viable gigs and so they parted yet again in late 2014.