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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

Shaw Theatre With Dave Gilmour

July 16, 2014
Alan Thomson

Released in 1995 having been recorded during The Apprentice tour at the Shaw Theatre, London. To support the release of The Apprentice John toured for three months in the UK and Europe, including eleven dates at London’s Shaw Theatre which featured guest artists. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour also guested and the show at which he appeared was filmed and released on Video in August 1990.

David Gilmour features on the album.

John Martyn Live At The Shaw Theatre

John Martyn Live At The Shaw Theatre

John and David Gilmour were interviewed on television and Gilmour said he had admired John’s music for a long time and even knew one or two songs ! The pair had only rehearsed for a couple of hours before going on stage and Gilmour jokingly said that John would glare at him when he got it wrong ! Another spontaneous recording. In November 1999 re-released as Dirty, Down and Live on the Griffin label.

Alan Thomson With J2B2

July 5, 2014
Alan Thomson

Alan Thomson with a rare night off goes to Kinross to meet John Jorgenson with his Bluegrass Band J2B2. The Band consists of John Jorgenson, Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and Jon Randall. John Randall co wrote Whiskey Lullaby and Herb Pedersen wrote the song ‘Wait A Minute’. Mark Fain plays with loads of different Artists namely Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. Some brilliant harmonies and a chance to meet up with some old friends. This was their very first live show ever in the UK. A Mundell Music first again!

Alan Thomson With J2B2

Alan Thomson With J2B2

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

July 3, 2014
Alan Thomson

A night off so I’m off to see the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Bank in Kinross. Its their only Scottish date so I can’t miss it! Its at Backstage at the Green Hotel with Mundell Music.

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians:  John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass. John Jorgenson and Herb Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers) of the formative country rock band:  Desert Rose Band.

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

John Jorgenson And The FBI

July 2, 2014
Alan Thomson

That is a Photo from a few years ago. It was at the FBI in Glenfarg where John Jorgenson would come every year. This particular trip was in 2004 and we had Jason Smith on Drums, Jeff Ross on Keyboards with myself Alan Thomson on Bass. For those of you who are not too familiar with John Jorgenson‘s Bio here is a quick look!

John Jorgenson & Alan Thomson

John Jorgenson & Alan Thomson

Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he is also regularly featured on the saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, mandolin, vocals and has garnered recognition for contributing to numerous platinum-selling and GRAMMY-winning albums.

John Jorgenson built those Tour up over the years at the FBI. Eventually we would be there for six days! Some magical nights and great memories as always. Anyone remember a gig they were at over the years at the FBI? Of course the place was run by David Mundell in those days! I wish he would buy it back!!!