We have performed for many public and private events including: Portsmouth First Night, Equest Family Festival, Newmarket Heritage Festival, Live Lawrence, Nashua Ethnic Festival, Blueberry Fiddle Festival, New Hampshire Children's Museum, General Dynamics, River Works, Nashua Holiday Stroll, Newmarket Business Association, The Trust For Public Land, Meals on Wheels, Invisible Children, New England Music Library Association, North Hampton Recreation Department, Wadleigh Memorial Library Acoustic Coffeehouse, Gilmanton Old Home Day, Deerfield Fair, Trader Joes, River House Restaurant, Riverwoods at Exeter, O'Neils, Medway Contra Dance, GALA, Plymouth State University, Hillside School, Nashoba Brooks School, Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Factory Court Music Series, Tuck Museum, Hampton Historical Society, New Hampshire Made, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Nottingham Community Center, Starbucks, Heydown Hoedown Rollinsford, Smyth Library Music Series, more.
Ryan Thomson: band member
Brennish Thomson: band member
additional members as needed: accompanyment
My son and I have been performing together on stage since he was 5 years old. He is now 16. Our music is shaped by the many different types of bands that I've been a member of, as "Captain Fiddle," during my career: celtic, gypsy jazz, country rock, blues, barn dance, bluegrass, cajun and zydeco, international folk dance, etc. As my son has grown up he has been included as a working member of many of these bands.
We both have classical music training as well, and come from a family with musical performance experience stretching back for several generations.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 15 - 240 minutes
We are energetic, friendly, and happy to discuss the nature of the music we play and the various instruments to inquisitive audience members. We are flexible and can adapt to the needs of specific performance situations whether they be structured formally as in a wedding ceremony, or informal, as in providing music for a back yard barbecue. For concerts we prepare a list of performance pieces in advance so that the show progresses smoothly in an entertaining fashion.
It is possible for us to add additional band members when necessary to fill out the sound and appearance of our show. We have long term working relationships with other experienced musicians who can provide support for the type of music that we perform.
electrical power to performance site if PA system is needed
outdoor cover in rain or hot sun conditions
We can supply our own PA system if amplification is necessary. We are happy to perform with no amplification. We are comfortable both with on-stage performances to large audiences, as well as providing back ground acoustic music for ambience at business or themed functions.
We have a large repertoire of performance pieces which includes several styles of music. We enjoy presenting a wide selection of various ethnic styles of tunes on many different instruments. Most of our music consists of instrumental pieces associated with folk dances from around the world.
However we are experienced in presenting music with a particular theme. For example, we could perform an entire concert set consisting of only celtic tunes. We've done this for St. Patrick's day themed events. Alternately we could perform an entire set of cajun and french tunes, which we've done for mardigras or cajun themed events.
Our repertoire consists of these variations:
polkas, two steps, hambo, walking tunes, jigs, reels, slip jigs, slides, hoedowns, marches, hornpipes, waltzes, songs, and more,
We can perform pieces from these ethnic origins: American, Scottish, Irish, English, Swedish, Mexican, Romanian, Hungarian, French, Canadian, cajun, zydeco, and others.
CDs For Sale
Fiddling Thomsons, Music for Both Hands
2008: 16 gigs
2009: 40 gigs
2010: 62 gigs
2011: 65 gigs
2012: 71 gigs
2013: 12 gigs (so far)
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Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Parade, Private Party, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Seminar, Sporting Event, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Workshop
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