Tom Callinan Biography

Tom Callinan is more than a multi-faceted performing artist. He holds a B.S. in Secondary Education (English Major/Music Concentration) from Central Connecticut State University, and an M.A.L.S. (Music Concentration) from Wesleyan University. In 1977, after five years of successful teaching in a Connecticut junior high school, Callinan launched a full-time career in the creative and performing arts. Annually he presents several hundred performances for tens of thousands of people, spanning nursery schools through nursing homes. Since 1973, he has performed with the popular folk band, The Morgans, representing them as business manager since 1977. In 1991, he was designated Connecticut's first "Official State Troubadour" through legislation by The General Assembly.

His credits include: ABC's "Good Morning America" ;
PBS' "Shining Time Station" , starring Ringo Starr; CNN's "Earth Matters" ; and National Public Radio. Excerpts from two original songs, "Glasnost To Go" and "They're Not Evil Anymore" were included in Connecticut Public Television's Emmy Award-winning documentary "A Connecticut Yankee In Red Square". Two other original songs, "Come On & Sing Along!" and "Save What's Left" were included in the "We Like Kids" Songbooks, distributed throughout the U.S.

In 1995 Tom was designated a Master Teaching Artist by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. In 1999, he was selected to represent Connecticut at The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts' Millennium Stage State Days Series in Washington D.C.