jim toomey the tourists annie lennox brisbane musician loving nundah music gig the village socialAbove: Jim Toomey

Local musician, Jim Toomey, is helping musicians get back on their feet after a rough few years due to lockdowns and restrictions by hosting a series of gigs at The Village Social in Nundah.

Jim was the drummer for popular UK band, The Tourists, which also featured Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Peet Coombes and Eddie Chin. The Tourists toured in Australia in 1980, performing their hit ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’.

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From left to right, drummer Jim Toomey, singer Annie Lennox and bassist Eddie Chin of The Tourists, 1980. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)

After falling in love with Australia on the tour, Jim decided to move here, settling in Nundah. Jim has continued playing drums in Brisbane bars and venues and recently headlined a series of gigs at The Village Social, where Jim invited The Dodgy Brothers, Hemi & 2 Stroke, Tom Waruhia Trio and Mike Morrissey to join him on stage.

jim toomey the tourists annie lennox brisbane musician loving nundah music gig the village socialJim is an accomplished writer, with his autobiography, ‘We Were Tourists,’ sharing some of his wild stories from his time in the band and touring.

“The Tourists went from being broke and on the dole in London, to find amazing success and travelling the world, recording three albums, the last of which was recorded in the Caribbean at George Martin’s studios,” says Jim.

“When the band took off in such a big way, I kept all my diaries. When the dust finally settled, I moved to Australia and started writing short stories, which ended up into one long story – so the book wrote itself really.”

Jim is inviting more musicians to his popular Saturday Night Gigs at the Village Social – catch him on the drums with some amazing acts in the coming weeks.

jim toomey the tourists annie lennox brisbane musician loving nundah music gig the village socialAbove: Jim Toomey and Morningside Fats at The Village Social, Nundah

The Village Social – Saturday Night Gig Guide

Saturday, 18 June – Jim Toomey’s Gemini Party
Saturday, 25 June – Jim Toomey and Off da Cuff
Saturday, 2 July – Jim Toomey and Hemi and 2 Stroke
Saturday, 9 July – Jim Toomey and The Dodgy Brothers