Tom recalls his travels in search of ‘the water of life’

Tom Morton
Tom Morton

Man of many talents Tom Morton is bringing his critically acclaimed show ‘The Malt & Barley Revue’ to Lanarkshire on Thursday.

The renowned broadcaster, author, journalist, musician and raconteur takes a humorous, and sometimes poignant, look at the ‘water of life’ at Berits & Brown in Eurocentral.

Tom is a familiar voice on radio and TV having hosted the afternoon show on BBC Radio Scotland and now with his late night weekend show ‘Morton Through Midnight’.

The ‘Malt & Barley Revue’ features a mix of stories, music, chat and laughter all washed down with a whisky tasting of several rare malts.

The show came about when Shetland based Tom’s passion for both whisky and motorbikes saw him travel around Scotland, visiting distilleries and meeting some interesting characters along the way.

These encounters were first brought to life in Tom’s acclaimed book/travelogue ‘Spirit of Adventure’ .

Tom said: “When I started my travels 20 years ago interest in the whisky industry was pretty low, it certainly wasn’t as fashionable to drink as it is now and there weren’t the same number of collectors of malts.

“I have performed the revue 20 or 30 times and tried to make it very funny, if not a little poignant at times, so hopefully it’ll be an enjoyable evening for everyone whether they like whisky or not.

“I am particularly looking forward to this performance as my parents are from Bellshill originally so it is something of a homecoming for me.”

Tom will be joined by professional whisky valuer Angus McCraild who will provide information about the guest malts as well as any the audience wish assessed.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets costing £13 are available from Intimate Gigs or at the venue.

All profits are being used to support Spirit Aid’s annual toy appeal.