Alan Thomson

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Martin Barre Band In Prague

October 16, 2014
Alan Thomson

On Tour with the Martin Barre Band in Prague. In fact I think it was the Retro Club. Fantastic Photos from Kate. I like the Photo with Martin & myself (Alan Thomson). Hope some of you have managed to catch one or two of the shows. Check my site for Tour dates HERE.

Martin Barre & Alan Thomson

Martin Barre & Alan Thomson

Martin Barre Band

Martin Barre Band

Alan Thomson

Alan Thomson

The Webb Sisters & John Jorgenson

October 16, 2014
Alan Thomson

That was a great series of GIGs Alan Thomson with The Webb Sisters and John Jorgenson. We played Kinross, Troon and Ullapool to name but a few. I managed to fit these shows inbetween the Martin Barre Tour! Here are a couple of shots from the Green Hotel GIG with Mundell Music in Kinross. Who was at the show? There has been some fantastic feedback from that Tour and lets hope we can all do it again sometime. I loved the version of Abba‘s S.O.S.!!

Alan Thomson & The Webb Sisters!

Alan Thomson & The Webb Sisters!

Webb Sisters, John Jorgenson & Alan Thomson

Webb Sisters, John Jorgenson & Alan Thomson

Alan Thomson At The Royal Albert Hall / Part 2

October 4, 2014
Alan Thomson

Here’s a great photo from a couple of weeks ago. This was when I was playing for Nitin Sawhney. Just going on Tour now with the Webb Sisters and John Jorgenson for a few selected dates, Kinross, Troon and Ullapool to mention but three. I will try and let you all see some photos taken on the road when I get the opportunity to post them!!

Alan Thomson At The RAH

Alan Thomson At The RAH

Alan Thomson At The Royal Albert Hall

September 22, 2014
Alan Thomson

Alan Thomson at the Royal Albert Hall with Nitin Sawhney on Sunday 21st September.

Nitin Sawhney, one of the most distinctive and versatile musical voices alive today, returns to the Royal Albert Hall to perform work from his forthcoming album Dystopian Dream and a selection of material from his first nine albums.

Firmly established as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer, Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man in the worlds of music, film, video games, dance and theatre.

This concert will see Sawhney and guests showcase the highlights of his celebrated career and follows the release of OneZero, a live performance cut straight to vinyl, which featured reworked material from across his distinguished back catalogue.

Alan Thomson At The Royal Albert Hall

Alan Thomson At The Royal Albert Hall

Alan Thomson With Nitin Sawhney At The RAH

September 17, 2014
Alan Thomson

Looking forward to the GIG on Sunday 21st September With Nitin Sawhney at the Royal Albert Hall no less!
The forthcoming album, Dystopian Dream, sees Nitin returning to the darker, emotive sounds of his earlier albums, where he cultivated a unique identity that transcended London’s fickle music scene.
As a producer and polymath steeped in Eastern and Western classical music, flamenco, trip-hop, drum n bass and dubstep, Sawhney has continued to innovate, experiment and defy convention across the world.
Dystopian Dream, a major sonic shift for Sawhney, was born of frustration at the cul de sac of choice presented by both his own life, following a series of personal losses, and the global turmoil of the last few years…
Watching the lame political response to riots and unrest from London to New York amidst brewing tensions the world over, Sawhney has responded from an intimate yet epic place with a powerful and sonorous melting pot of thoughts, feelings and personal catharsis.
Dystopian Dream is the elusive light at the end of an infinite tunnel.
NITIN SAWHNEY

NITIN SAWHNEY

Alan Thomson Somewhere In Europe With Martin Barre

September 17, 2014
Alan Thomson

Alan Thomson Somewhere in Europe with Martin Barre! Can’t remember where. Some great shots here. Try and catch a show whilst we are on Tour. Dates are…..

8th October – Hirsch, Nürnberg, GERMANY Tickets

9th October – Roeda, Steyr, AUSTRIATickets

10th October – Blue Note, Nove Mesto nad Vahom,
SLOVAK REPUBLIC Tickets

11th October – Petofi Hall, Budapest, HUNGARY – Tickets

12th October – Reigen, Wien, AUSTRIA – Tickets

13th October – Club Fabric, Ostrava, CZECH REPUBLIC – Tickets

14th October – Retro Music Hall, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC – Tickets

16th October – Club Progesja, Warsaw, POLAND – Tickets

17th October – Tante Ju, Dresden, GERMANY Tickets

18th October – Speicher, Schwerin, GERMANY – Tickets available at the venue

19th October – Bergkeller, Reichenbach, GERMANY Tickets

20th October – Quasimodo, Berlin, GERMANY – Tickets

22nd October –  Heimathaus Twist, Twist, GERMANY Tickets

23rd October – Pressenwerk, Bad Salzungen, GERMANYTickets

24th October – De Bosuil, Weert, NETHERLANDSTickets

25th October – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, GERMANYTickets

26th October – Musikkontor, Herford, GERMANYTickets

27th October – Scala Club, Leverkusen, GERMANY Tickets

29th October – Riders Club, Lübeck, GERMANYTickets

30th October – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, DENMARK Tickets

31st October – Haugesund Festival, NORWAY – Tickets

1st November – Rockland, Sala, SWEDEN – Tickets

3rd November – Fabrik, Hamburg, GERMANYTickets

4th November – HotJazzClub, Münster, GERMANYTickets

5th November – Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, GERMANY – TBA

6th November – Z7, Pratteln, SWITZERLAND Tickets

7th November – Exhib. Prog Festival, Milano, ITALY – Tickets soon

8th November – Il Club Giardino, Verona, ITALYTickets

9th November – Crossroads Live Club, Rome, ITALY – Tickets soon

12th November – Ray Just Arena Club, Moscow, RUSSIA – Tickets

14th November – Kursaal, San Sebastian, SPAIN – Tickets

15th November – Shoko, Madrid, SPAIN Tickets

16th November – Bikini Club, Barcelona, SPAIN – Tickets

18th November – Sudhaus, Tübingen, GERMANY – Tickets

19th November – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, GERMANY Tickets

20th November – Mühle Hunziken, Rubigen, SWITZERLAND –  Tickets

21st November – Musiktheatre Rex, Bensheim, GERMANY – Tickets

22nd November – Spirit of 66, Verviers, BELGIUM Tickets

23rd November – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS – Tickets

25th/26th November – Bayerischer Hof Club, Munich, GERMANY – Tickets soon

28th November – Cleon, FRANCE – TBA

29th November – Compiegne, FRANCE – TBA

4th December – The Citadel, St Helens, UKTickets

5th December – The Duchess, York, UKTickets

6th December – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK Tickets

7th December – Skegness Folk Festival, UK

Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

September 10, 2014
Alan Thomson

Its been a really busy past few weeks as you can probably see by the lack of News on my site! Sorry about that. I am looking forward to playing with Martin Barre and as you can see by the Photos below I’ve already played a few gigs. Its been really interesting playing those Jethro Tull numbers. Have any of you been to see any of our Shows? Come and say HELLO if you do plan to go to a GIG. The Photos were taken by Helen Robinson. Great Shots!!!

Alan Thomson & Martin Barre

Alan Thomson & Martin Barre

Alan Thomson With Robert Palmer

August 16, 2014
Alan Thomson

Here’s a photo of myself  (Alan Thomson) with the late Robert Palmer. You will all remember ‘Addicted To Love’!! We were recording the John Martyn Album “Sapphire” recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas and CaVa Sound Workshops, Glasgow, Scotland. Robert Palmer assisted in the later stages of the recording Happy Times! I do believe that David Mundell has a Jacket from Roberts ‘Addicted To Love Tour’ somewhere on display at the Green Hotel Kinross.

Alan Thomson & Robert Palmer

Alan Thomson & Robert Palmer

Well Kept Secret – Elliott Morris & Alan Thomson

August 7, 2014
Alan Thomson

Well Kept Secret / Elliott Morris & Alan Thomson Together play Backstage at the Green Hotel, Kinross on Saturday 13th December with Mundell Music. Come and support this new venture! Expect a varied set of Elliott Morris songs with a handful of John Martyn Songs thrown in!

Elliott Morris is a young guitarist and singer/songwriter prominent in the Lincolnshire, UK music scene who is known for his ‘unorthodox’ style of percussive guitar. Elliott was the winner of a prestigious Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections in 2013.

Alan Thomson came from a musical background with both his father and grandfather being jazz musicians and his mother being a fine pianist and singer. He started (like many other kids) to learn to play the violin at age 5 and then moved onto the piano until at 13 years of age, he finally got a guitar. Along with bass player Neil Fairweather, drummer Tim Brittain, and sax/flute and guitarist David Roy, “The Arthur Trout Band” was formed and played in and around Glasgow from 1976-1980 also playing in the summer of 1980 at Stonehenge and Bristol Ashton Court festivals. An occasional visitor to the band rehearsals was David’s cousin, the now legendary Scottish singer/songwriter and innovative guitarist John Martyn.
John needed a bass player for his forthcoming Grace And Danger tour of the UK. Alan borrowed a fretless bass, practiced frantically for two weeks, auditioned and got the job, a relationship which
would last almost thirty years until John’s death. Through his association with John, Alan has recorded and performed with Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer (for whom he wrote the B-side of the hit Addicted to Love), David Gilmour, John Jorgenson, Linda Lewis and Bert Jansch.

Elliott Morris & Alan Thomson / Well Kept Secret

Elliott Morris & Alan Thomson / Well Kept Secret