Fiddling Thomsons

Why book Fiddling Thomsons?

We are an award winning father and son duo performing lively family friendly music on fiddle, accordion, banjo, celtic flute, piano, tin whistle, canadian wooden spoons, jaw harp, and other instruments. We are happy to add additional band members when needed to create a larger ensemble.

Our music ranges from Irish, Scottish, Bluegrass, Swedish, Gypsy, French, Mexican, to other ethnic 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.



Verified Review


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....

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Terri S.
Event: Wedding Reception in Manchester, NH
Event Date: Oct 5, 2013

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 15 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $200 and up


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.

Additional Booking Notes

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.

Fiddling Thomsons

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.

The team providing the talent:

Ryan Thomson

band member

Brennish Thomson

band member

additional members as needed



Dear Ryan and Brennish - Thank you both so much for putting the music in our farm festival! Joyce

– Equest

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

– Meals on Wheels

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

– Blueberry Fiddle Festival

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

– New Hampshire Made

Set List

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.

Influences & Inspiration

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.

Setup Requirements

electrical power to performance site if PA system is needed

outdoor cover in rain or hot sun conditions