“…Folk music characteristics that sits somewhere between Pop and World Music… this is wonderful, soulful music that satisfies the appetite but always leaves you wanting more.” Reinhard Palmer (Suddeutches Zeitung – German national press)
Gurdan Thomas brings high quality, low tech and unusual songwriting with a generous pinch of Oompah.
This 4 (sometimes 5) piece likeable yet chaotic band performs songs woven around quirky texts and subjects, arrangements inventively painted across their own unconformist musical landscape with the tone-colours of the human voice, charango, accordeon, ukulele, guitar, Helikon (Tuba), cornet (Trumpet), piano and other percussion.
Sometimes a little crazy and with their Zappaesque attitude, always inventive, often bursting with their unfeigned, unfettered high energy acoustic driven ball of sound and at times vunerable and heart-breakingly fragile in quieter moments, sometimes simply drawing listeners into their infectious ryhthm infested dance but always remaining ‘Gurdan Thomas’.
Comparisons have however been drawn to Beirut, Ben Folds, The Band, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Andrew Bird, Colin McIntyre and The Divine Comedy.
The band currently has one remaining Englishman, Gurdan Besrywan Thomas (lead vox, guitar, ukulele, piano, cornet) along with a ‘pot-pourri’ of Germanic musicians collected during the band leader’s musical and geographic explorations – Sandra Hollstein (accordeon, voice, melodika), Regine Wüst (Helikon) and Michael Hohm (ukulele, voice, charango, cornet, horn, melodika, tuvan throat singing).
The band are currently signed to German label Beste! Unterhaltung and are about to bring out their newest and best album to date ‘It’s Not The End Of The World (15.7.16)’ which is a full to busting studio album that also captures their essence and character and is also something of a main act to follow on from the Limited Edition special ‘The Dark Side Of Gurdan Thomas’ recording released in the Winter of 2015.
Pic-Copyright Connie Merrit