top of page

Liverpool & The Wirral Franchisee, Tom Hamilton Hughes

Tom Hamilton Hughes

Tom started playing guitar when he was  young, growing up in North London.  

Later, he moved  with his family to Cumbria where he continued to study and play guitar. At age 10 he became a ROCK PROJECT student attending Carlisle Rock Project where he was given his first opportunity to play in a band and perform live in front of an audience.   

Then, at the age of 14, he formed  his own band called The 45s.  Initially playing in local pubs and clubs,  Tom's band went on to play throughout the UK and Europe supporting the likes of The Stranglers, McFly, The Vamps, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Dr Feelgood, The Enemy, Elvis Costello and Wilko Johnson as well as headlining their own gigs, earning rave reviews and radio play.   They recorded a number of singles and produced videos.  Much can be found on google or youtube by typing in  "The 45s  Carlisle"


When Tom was fourteen he met Wilko Johnson at a gig in Kendal and  suprised him because he could play all his songs.   This led to The 45s as 16 year olds,  being invited by Wilko to open for him in front of an enormous audience on  his “farewell” tour at the O2 ABC in Glasgow in March 2013 and at Camden’s Koko as well as playing with Wilko on his home turf of Canvey Island.  Then at the Great British Rhythm & Blues festival in Colne, Wilko joined the band onstage for a number, with Tom on harmonica, and at the end of the song  presented the limited editionTelecaster he was playing to Tom, saying “The 45s, my favourite band!” It's now one of Tom's treasured possessions.

At age 17, Tom took himself off to Liverpool to study music  at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Perfoming Arts, patronised by Paul McCartney) and then went on to get a First Class Honours Degree in music at LMA.

Whist studying Tom reformed The 45s and as they evolved he changed the name to Little Triggers (and grew his hair!!).  This band have again played UK, Europe as well as festivals in  China and supported the likes of Mark Almond and Iggy Pop. They have released two singles and published several videos. Their debut album is due out in Spring 2019 with a first single promoting the album out in February.

Please reload

Tom performing on stage with Wilko Johnson!


More shots of Tom on stage!

bottom of page