Alan Thomson

Bass Player – Official Site – Ex John Martyn Band

With The All Stars

February 23, 2019
Alan Thomson


Looking forward to playing 
“Backstage at The Green”
31st December 2019
And the “Hangover Cure!” 1st January 2020
There will be something for everyone!
… Aretha, Blues, Beatles, CCR,  Faces. Stevie Wonder  Bad Company, James Brown, Dylan, Adelle, Zeppelin, The Band, Elton John, Bowie, Tina Turner..  and more!



Hope you can join us again for an evening of great music played by some of the best musicians and singers I’ve ever worked with.
From California, on Keyboards, guitars and Lead Vocals, former Badfinger member and John Jorgenson Electric Band colleague ……JEFF ROSS.
Also on Lead Vocals, my “go to”singer for every style from “Led Zeppelin” to “Aretha Franklin”
the one and ONLY………..SUZI CHUNK.
On GUITAR, the exceptional …..AL BROWN
Al is without doubt one of the finest and most tasteful guitarists around today and is making a name for himself at Blues Festivals both in UK and across Europe. If you’re a guitar lover, don’t miss this opportunity to hear Al Brown play.
On DRUMS, the fantastic….. JIM DRUMMOND.
I’ve worked with Jim since 1980 with  rock band Strangeways, John Martyn, Frank O’Hagan and many more. Jim is a naturally gifted musician, across multiple genres from, Big Band Jazz to Country , Blues to Metal, Funk to Fusion. He is in the driving seat behind the band keeping us grooving.
Alan is currently the Bass Player with
the “Martin Barre Band”.
 He is best known for his fretless bass playing with the late great “John Martyn”” also with Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle, Elliott Morris, Julia Fordham, John Jorgenson Electric Band, Carl Verheyen Blues project and many more…..
There will be something for everyone!
… Aretha, Blues, Beatles, CCR,  Faces. Stevie Wonder  Bad Company, James Brown, Dylan, Adelle, Zeppelin, The Band, Elton John, Bowie, Tina Turner..  and more!

With Martin Barre 2019

February 5, 2019
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14-18 February 2019 Depart Ft Lauderdale, Fl Rock Legends Cruise TICKETS

20 February 2019 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater TICKETS

22 February 2019 Spokane, WA The Bing Crosby Theater TICKETS

23 February 2019 Yakima, WA The Seasons Performance Center TICKETS

24 February 2019 Everett, WA The Historic Everett Theatre TICKETS

27&28 February 2019 Mill Valley, CA Sweetwater Music Hall TICKETS

1 March 2019 West Oakland, CA Yoshi’s TICKETS

2 March 2019 Bakersfield, CA Buck Owens Crystal Palace TICKETS

3 March 2019 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley TICKETS

5, 6 & 7 March 2019 Carlsbad, CA Museum Of Making Music TICKETS

8 & 9 March 2019 Laguna Beach, CA Mozambique Club TICKETS

10 March 2019 Westlake Village, CA Bogie’s Bar TICKETS

30 March 2019 London, UK Chelsea Under The Bridge TICKETS

3 May 2019 (Acoustic Show)Delray Beach, FL Arts Garage TICKETS

5 May 2019 (Acoustic Show)Delray Beach, FL Arts Garage TICKETS

19 June 2019Woodbridge, NJ Parkers Press Park TICKETS

20 June 2019 New Hope, PA New Hope Winery TICKETS

21 June 2019 Somers Point, NJ William Morrow Beach TICKETS

29 June 2019 Verona, ITALY Corte Cavalchina 

12 April 2019 Hudson Falls, NY The Strand Theater TICKETS
13 April 2019 Hudson Falls, NY The Strand Theater TICKETS
15 April 2019 New York, NY The Iridium TICKETS
18 April 2019 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera Hous TICKETS
19 April 2019 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall TICKETS
20 April 2019 Northampton, MA Academy of Music Theater TICKETS
21 April 2019 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater TICKETS
22 April 2019 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere TICKETS
23 April 2019 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage TICKETS
24 April 2019 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse TICKETS
25 April New York, NY The Iridium TICKETS
26 April 2019 Bay Shore, NY YMCA Boulton Center TICKETS

27 April 2019Newton, NJNewton Theater TICKETS

1 May 2019Homestead, FLSeminole Theatre TICKETS

2 May 2019Key West, FLKey West Theater TICKETS

4 May 2019Sarasota, FLRosFest TICKETS

10 May 2019St Charles, ILThe Arcada Theatre TICKETS

11 May 2019Clear Lake, IASurf Ballroom TICKETS 

17-19 May 2019Edwardsville, IL Wildey Theater TICKET 

2 August 2019Faversham, Kent. UKA New Day Festival TICKETS

10 August 2019Cropredy, UKFairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival TICKETS


Pictures from the Woodland Hills gathering

September 15, 2017
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Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Pictures from the Woodland Hills gathering……

Here are a few pics from our get together the other night. This one is me and 5 of my favourite drummers.

L to R
Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos) Jonathan Joseph ((Martin Barre Band, Jeff Beck group) ME , Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) Jason Harrison Smith ( John Jorgenson Electric Band, Carl Verheyen, Albert Lee) and Ray Weston (Wishbone Ash, Iron Butterfly)
Alan Thomson and Drummers

Alan Thomson and Drummers


Alan Thomson On Tour With Martin Barre

Alan Thomson


Carl played in Supertramp. I just finished a tour of Italy with him before starting the current US tour with Martin Barre.  Great fun and great food!


Guitars That Were Used On Jethro Tull Classic LPs

May 5, 2016
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Alan Thomson Playing Slide With Martin Barre In The USA

Here’s photo of Alan Thomson With The Martin Barre Band Whilst on Tour In the USA during 2016.
Playing slide with Martin Barre during the 2015 winter tour in Plymouth Massachusetts

Alan Thomson Playing Slide With Martin Barre In The USA

Alan Thomson

We thought that you’d be interested in looking at the guitars that were used on Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ and ‘Minstrel In The Gallery’.

The SG was used by Martin Barre for recording “Minstrel in the Gallery”
and The Les Paul Junior is the one Martin used to play the famous “Aqualung ” riff.

Alan Thomson With Two legendary Guitars that were used in Jethro Tulls Aqualung and Minstrel In The Gallery

Alan Thomson With Two legendary Guitars

Teaneck New Jersey

April 27, 2016
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Alan Thomson & Paul Rose in Teaneck New Jersey whilst on Tour

Teaneck New Jersey, still in the middle of a great run of gigs. Here at Teaneck I met up with Paul Rose! Its a small world really isn’t it!!! See you all soon when I’m back in the UK.

Alan Thomson & Paul Rose in Teaneck New Jersey whilst on Tour

Alan Thomson & Paul Rose

Somewhere In America

April 17, 2016
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Somewhere in America ! A Great Photo with Dan Crisp, Martin Barre and Alan Thomson at BB King’s in NYC. Looks like alot of fun! I wonder what the song was. Alan is out in the USA for a number of weeks before returning to Tour with John Jorgenson, then with JM Pentangle and then out on the road with Doug Morter. Some more photos soon we hope!

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Alan Thomson Somewhere In America

Bass Players Are The Lowest!!

August 25, 2015
Alan Thomson

Here are a few photos of various friends who I’ve met up with on the road somewhere in Europe! For those of you who don’t know who they are here’s a few notes……

LEE SKLAR…..Leland “Lee” Sklar has been a fixture in the recording studios of L.A. for over four decades.  His bass playing can be heard on over 2,000 albums (so far!) for a great many music icons, including Phil Collins, Billy Cobham, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Tommy Bolin, David Bowie, Ray Charles, B.B. King, The Doors, Peter Frampton, Aaron Neville, Lyle Lovett and countless others.  He has also played bass for many TV shows, including Hill Street Blues, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Knight Rider and Simon & Simon, and has performed on the soundtracks of many motion pictures, including Forrest Gump, Ghost, Kindergarten Cop, and My Best Friend’s Wedding.  He was the bass player for the band Toto in 2007 and 2008, filling in for an ailing Mike Porcaro.  Lee continues to be a mainstay in the L.A. studio scene, showing no signs of slowing down.


DAVE PEGG.……As a teenager, Dave became involved in Birmingham’s vibrant 60s rock scene. He soon found himself playing guitar most evenings with one or other of the city’s young bands. Later, Dave auditioned as a lead guitarist with The Uglys but was persuaded to swap to bass guitar and has played the instrument ever since.

After a spell with The Uglys, Dave joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group on double bass and met fiddle maestro Dave Swarbrick by whom he was introduced to Fairport Convention. He joined them and has been in the band ever since.

In 1980, he joined Jethro Tull as bass player and spent 15 years with the band. As if playing in two bands was not enough, he set up Woodworm Records to produce and market Fairport’s albums. He also recorded a solo album.

Dave has also co-organised Fairport’s Cropredy festival since the early 1980s. From small beginnings, it has grown into a major event that attracts 20,000 fans each August.

As well as recording and touring with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, Dave is much in demand as a session player and has contributed bass to innumerable recordings. He is also an accomplished mandolin player.


ALAN THOMSON……As a Bass player Alan was another long-term member of John Martyn’s Band and an accomplished song-writer. His touring and writing credits include Robert Palmer, Rick Wakeman, Andy Summers, Bo Diddley, Denny Laine and Long John Baldry.


LARRY GRAHAM…..The co-founder of funk pioneers Sly and the Family Stone AND Graham Central Station.

Lee Sklar

Lee Sklar