- Portsmouth, NH
- World Music
- Travels up to 3000 miles
- $200 and up
Lively music on fiddles, accordion, banjo, celtic flute, piano, tin whistle, guitar, wooden spoons, jaw harp, and other instruments, performed by an award winning father and son multi-instrumentalist duo. We are happy to add additional band members to create a larger ensemble.
Our large repertoire includes Irish, Scottish, Bluegrass, Swedish, Gypsy, French Canadian, Appalachian, and other international styles. We play for contra and barn dances along with a caller, do public concerts, and provide background music and ambience for business functions.
We also offer educational workshops and demonstrations. We will travel anywhere and have previously toured to China, Canada, and England.
on time,on the mark, a perfect band for any occasion, love the music...
We loved loved loved the Fiddling Thompsons...great musicians, very up beat and really nice guys..Thoroughly enjoyed their music. I would hire them again in a heartbeat....Thank you guys you made the evening....
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 10 - 240 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
We are energetic, friendly, flexible, and perform on multiple instruments with a high level of skill. We have won many awards for fiddle, banjo, and accordion playing. We are comfortable in a wide range of settings ranging from concerts to background music for special public or private events.
In educational settings and informal performances we are happy to interact with audiences and discuss the nature of the music and the instruments that we play.
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 various styles of music that we perform.
We are happy to dress appropriately for themed events including celtic, cowboy/western, 1776 era, early boston water front, mardigras, etc.
Public and private events since 2002 include: Portsmouth First Night, Meet in Beijing Festival in China, Bath Folk Festival in Bath England, Blueberry Fiddle Festival, New Hampshire Children's Museum, General Dynamics, American Airlines, 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, Riverwalk Cafe Nashua, Kelley's Row St Patricks Day, 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, Smyth Library Music Series, more.
Additional Booking Notes
We can supply our own PA system if amplification is necessary. We are also happy to perform with just the natural sound of our acoustic instruments.
When using amplification provided by others, we prefer a single mic on a boom stand to handle vocals, violins, flute, and whistle. We like DI boxes to plug in guitar, accordion, and banjo.
Past Booked Events
|October 15, 2016 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Fair|
|October 01, 2016 • 4:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|July 28, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|June 12, 2016 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Fundraiser|
|October 05, 2013||Wedding Reception|
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. Much 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 themes. For example, we could perform an entire concert set consisting of only Irish and celtic tunes. We are very popular with St Patrick's Day theme events. Alternately we could perform an entire set of cajun and french tunes, suitable for mardigras or cajun themed events. Country and cowboy themes are fun for us and we feature the banjo prominently.
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.
|Ryan Thomson||band member|
|Brennish Thomson||band member|
|additional members as needed||accompanyment|
Influences & Inspiration
Our family heritage includes musical experience stretching back for several generations in jazz, folk, and classical styles of music.
My son and I have been performing together on stage since he was 5 years old. He is now 20. Our music is shaped by the many different styles of music that we share interest in, including celtic, gypsy jazz, country rock, blues, barn dance, bluegrass, cajun and zydeco, international folk dance, etc.
We both have classical music training as well and our continuing international tours give us learning opportunities to broaden our repertoire.
electrical power to performance site if PA system is needed
outdoor cover in rain or hot sun conditions
Dear Ryan and Brennish - Thank you both so much for putting the music in our farm festival! Joyce
Ryan and Brennish, Thank you both for once again, entertaining us with your musical talent. We appreciate your coming here and playing for us! Thanks again -Kim
Dear Ryan and Brennish, - Laudetur Jesus Christus! Thank you so very much for your enthusiastic participation at our festival last month. Your set was most enjoyable and your leading of the contra dance indispensable!...Thank you again and may our lady bless you! Sister Maria Philomena
Hi Ryan, - I would like to thank both you and your son for your performance at the Farmers Market in Lawrence, MA yesterday. It was a lively and fun show. Everyone enjoyed it!! Sandra Frechette - Program Manager
Dear Ryan - Our thanks to you and your son for coming to our celebration Friday night and adding so much fun and specialness to the event. You are both just wonderful and we really appreciate you taking the time! warm regards, Ann and Laurie