The Gurdan Thomas Collective
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"Gurdan Thomas & Hare & Houds"

Before all that though is Gurdan Thomas, which sounds a little like a welsh stand up comedian (“Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the comedy stylings of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch's very own Gurdan Thomas!"). It is in fact a group of people, a ‘musical collective’ formed in Brum in 2007 and now seemingly based in Bavaria. Gurdan himself, the lead singer, comes off like a cross between Neil’s Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) and Hannon (The Divine Comedy) and Mr Stop the Cavalry himself, Jona Lewie. The band’s got a loveably laid back, easy style (part folk, part jazz, part pop) and end up sounding familiar but somehow totally unique at the same time.“Some will live, some will die, horribly and we don’t know why” sang Gurden cheerfully on ‘God is Me’, a crackingly good oompahpah of a tune that’s as neat an encapsulation of the human condition as you’re ever likely to hear. ‘Gurden enough’ to be as winningly off the wall as Misty’s Big Adventure...and that’s high praise indeed. - The Hearing Aid


Discography

Graceful Rabbits (2007 SBGT)
Gnodelly Gnodelly (2008 SBGT)
The Fat Lady Sings (2010 Commercially Inviable)
Todd (extended single 2010 Commercially Inviable)

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Having produced 2 self-released albums, ‘Graceful Rabbits’ (2007) and ‘Gnodelly Gnodelly’ (2008), and a 3rd ‘The Fat Lady Sings’ released on Commercially Inviable in 2010 the identity Gurdan Thomas has evolved truly into a collective in their latest recording that was captured mostly live with 9 musicians, a choir and a ukulele orchestra at Highbury Studio, Birmingham. It’s planned release is in Summer 2012.

BBC Radio 1's Louise Kattenhorn (Producer of the late John Peel's show) selected 'God Is Me' for the Storm The Charts (UK) project. Gurdan has received airplay on NPR (National Public Radio, USA) and has graced the stages of the Tollwood Festival (Munich), Ander Art Stage (Oktoberfest), Grenzenlos (Bayreuth), Fête de la Musique (Börsch) Gigbeth Festival, The Soho Ottakring Festival in Vienna, The Pro Etnica Festival in Sighisoara, Romania and The Moseley Folk Festival, UK. Gurdan recently performed at The Suq Festival in Genoa, Italy, as part of the MELT project, where he spent some time working with musicians from Munich, Vienna, Istanbul, Genoa, Sighisoara and Birmingham. Gurdan has also performed as part of label buddy James Summerfield's touring band.