Ian Thomas

4 Jan

After traveling for years as a street performer, Ian Thomas began playing clubs in New York City, where he recorded his debut album A Young Man’s Blues (2003) and his follow-up Live at Rockwood Music Hall (2005). Since then, he has shared the stage with John Hammond, Cyril Neville, Corey Harris, The Wood Brothers, The Avett Brothers, Reverend Goat and Dr. John and has performed at festivals, including Bonnaroo, Pickathon and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Performing both solo and with a band, Thomas draws on a variety of American roots influences, delivering his original compositions on guitar, harmonica and kazoo. His newest EP is Live At The Grey Eagle (2009).

“I’ve seen Ian Thomas live several times and I don’t say it lightly when I
proclaim that one of those performances was the most powerful and awe
inspiring sets I have ever seen in my life.”  Urban Folk
“Songster Ian Thomas combines varied influences from the strangest roots of
America’s canon to deliver incomparable compositions with complexity and
beauty. And a kazoo.”  RelixMagazine

“Folk singer Ian Thomas, this year’s Press Best Of winner for nostalgia-free
revival act, is on the cusp of greatness…” NY Press
“These are sturdy one-man acoustic performances that reek of whiskey and lost
relationships. As a live performer, Thomas is clearly picking up the torch of
American folk music.” Philadelphia Weekly


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