Tom Kellichan

Tom Kellichan
Birth name Thomas Kellichan
Also known as Thomas Kellichan, Tom Bomb, Thomas, Tam Kellichan
Born c. 1954
Origin Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland
Genres Punk rock, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, impresario
Instruments Drums
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts The Skids, Bill Nelson, Secrets, Real Deal

Tom Kellichan (born c. 1954[1]) was known for being The Skids original drummer from 1977 to 1979.


A resident in Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland,[2] and former van driver, he answered an ad made by a band, who solicited a drummer. He completed the line-up of the band who were called The Skids. He was in the band during the releasing of Charles (as Thomas) and Into The Valley singles, the Wide Open EP (which featured The Saints Are Coming) and Scared to Dance album during that period. After touring with the band in 1979, promoting Scared to Dance, he departed being replaced by later New Romantic Rusty Egan.

After The Skids, he played drums for Bill Nelson (of Be-Bop Deluxe), in the song "Decline And Fall", for the Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam album (1981).[3] He later played in a band called Secrets.[3][4]

He now is running a music bar, called "The Sax Bar", in The Patch, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife;[3][5] and still playing drums in a house band called Real Deal.[3]


The Skids

Bill Nelson


  1. An Introduction by Ian Cranna. "Tom Kellichan (24) drums.". Note: the chronic seems to be from 1978, as Cranna wrote only about their beginnings and commented only about the Charles EP, released in 1978, suggesting it as the only known disc.
  2. Archived February 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. 1 2 3 4 ref>"All The Acts / Bands Who Played The Kinema Ballroom Dunfermline - 'S'". Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  4. "Hiljaiset Levyt: PUNKNET 77 - Skids". Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  5. Tom Kellichan now runs a music bar in Tenerife and Bill paid him a surprise visit last year

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