Highlights & Awards
Two time “Guitar Player of the Year” award winner presented by Manitoba Association of Country Arts (now MCMA)
Live festival performances at Dauphin Countryfest & Craven and Sunfest
Live radio broadcast performances on NCI as the backup band for the NCI Jam Talent Show, as well as many other live broadcast talent shows.
Television performances on the Huron Carol, MACA Award Shows, Breakfast Television to name a few
Tom is the youngest of thirteen children in the Dutiaume family, raised in the small town of Richer, MB. This musical Metis family, and the Dutiaume name itself, has become synonymous with the music industry in Manitoba throughout the years. Tom was surrounded by his brothers and their band mates playing, practicing and jamming in their home, it’s no wonder he picked up a guitar at such a young age! Determined to be part of it all, he dedicated all his time to learning the craft. The hard work paid off and he was picked up by a talent agent, and played his first big show at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg at the age of 11! And so the musical seed had been officially sown.
Continuing to hone his skills, playing with buddies for parties and dances, opportunity knocked once again when he caught the eye of Errol Ranville of the Cweed Band, who recruited him right out of high school at the age of 17, for a summer tour. Tom later joined the Cweed Band – a nationally established band – full time at the age of 20. Tom became a long-time member of the group – reuniting with Errol for gigs even after leaving the band.
By this time the four youngest Dutiaume brothers decided it was time to put together a family band, however, because their older brothers had already had a band called the Dutiaume Brothers, they needed a new name. And so “The Younger Brothers” were formed. They became known for their multi-instrumentalist talents – switching between instruments, as they had all learned more than one or two instruments, whether by choice or out of necessity. Tom and his brothers had a very successful run for several years. During this time, Tom was awarded “Guitar Player of the Year” twice by the Manitoba Association of Country Arts (MACA – now called MCMA) and was a member of the televised MACA award show band many times.
Music being such the personal creative venture that it is, the brothers chose to split and work on their own projects. This allowed Tom’s independent career to take off, gaining work as a session player for many recording studios throughout Manitoba and performing alongside such performers as Faith Hill, Ronnie Dunn, Chris Cummings, and opened for acts such as Juice Newton, Marty Stewart, Waylon Jennings, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to name a few.
But with all of his experience and skill, Tom has finally decided to record a project of his own, culminating the spectrum of his skills as a solo artist, and has finally written and recorded his first solo album. With a 2016 release scheduled, Tom will be hitting the road to promote the project and bring his new music to the many fans that have supported him throughout the years, and to the many more he hopes to make!