I'm Kingfisher

I'm Kingfisher

 Lund, Skåne, SWE

Swedish indie/folk. Was 2008 listed by UK The Times as one of six acts who have taken the Swedish pop scene onwards since ABBA. 450 shows in 20 countries. Recently toured with Ed Harcourt. 4th album Arctic, a conceptual album about polar expeditions is out now.
Used to work as Thomas Denver Jonsson


The indie-folk troubador Thomas Jonsson was 2008 listed in the British newspaper The Times as one of six acts who have taken the Swedish pop scene onwards since ABBA. In Oct 2010, his fourth solo album 'ARCTIC' was released in Scandinavia by Playground Music. The album is the first one to come out under his brand new musical alias I'm Kingfisher (formerly: Thomas Denver Jonsson). The album was received very well in main media in Sweden and was also nominated for the Swedish "Manifest" Music Award.

After the release, Thomas have toured as support act to Ed Harcourt and Damien Jurado on two separate Scandinavian tours. He has also - except for a lot of Swedish dates - also toured in Uk, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Croatia and Latvia

After all in all 450 shows in 20 countries Thomas have progressed from the straight alt.country genre into something more expressionistic. A recent solo show was aptly reviewed as "John Fahey meets Sonic Youth" (Gefle Dagblad)

The new cd 'Arctic' is a conceptual album about polar expeditions and Arctic flora & fauna. Though it's being largely inspired by the late 19th-century endevours of Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, this album is at the same time Thomas' clearly most personal, outgoing and experimental material to date. And despite it's obsolete theme, this is also an album expressing big amounts of personal and contemporary details and Thomas clearly defines his own part in the songs as he deals with an urge of emerging (Svalbard, Expedition), a missing of what's been sacrificed or left behind (Smile with your 1000 teeth, Nansen), a fear of changes (Twin Sorrow, A Continent Lost), some delirious sights (Deer Theatre, Peacock Color Song) and sincere hopes for a calm closure (The Whale Hunt, Feline Funeral).

When Thomas and his steady producer Carl Edlom started working in the studio with the new album, they developed an idea of a sound consisting both of deeply rooted folk soul mixed with modern and synthetic elements. The final result is folky, bluesy and sometimes quirky as it both in lyrics and music blends old, new and the odd bird's chirp. Thomas continues to share the path of contemporary indie/folk colleagues such as M Ward, Gillian Welch and Jason Molina but also adds occasional sparks of more left-field stuff like Akron/Family, Mogwai and Cat Power. The album features guest appearances by people like Keith Kennif (Helios/Goldmund), Richard Neuberg (Viarosa), C-J Larsgården (Ondo/Yrsel), Lisa Bodland-Fielding and Helena Arlock. ARCTIC is also the first part of a planned album trilogy.

After being musically active for a decade as Thomas Denver Jonsson, Thomas now changes his stage name to I'm Kingfisher with the 'ARCTIC' LP. The reasons for doing so are many but the most obvious would be feeling "finished" with the old name, admiring birds deeply and quote; "since I do have come up with the best stage name ever, I think it's mandatory to use it no matter what". Thomas has previously released three solo albums ('Hope to Her' 2003, 'Barely Touching It' 2005, 'The Lake Acts Like an Ocean' 2007) and two EPs as Thomas Denver Jonsson and he has over 400 shows in 20 countries (including SXSW Festival,tours with Josh Rouse, Ed Harcourt, Damien Jurado and Rosie Thomas, five UK tours and sharing a gig with Thin Lizzy @ Paradiso in Amsterdam).

The previous albums have featured guest appearances by friends like Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas, Ned Oldham, Ellinor Blixt (Bobby Baby, It's a Musical, Bobby&Blumm) and Jennie Stearns (Donna The Buffalo). Thomas is also together with C-J Larsgården the postrock/indietronica duo A Perfect Friend which has two albums out.


2010 - I'm Kingfisher - Arctic
2007 - Thomas Denver Jonsson - The Lake Acts Like an Ocean
2005 - Thomas Denver Jonsson - Barely Touching It
2004 - Thomas Denver Jonsson - First in Line (EP)
2003 - Thomas Denver Jonsson - Hope to her
2003 - Then I Kissed Her Softly (vinyl EP)

Set List

Setlists varies a lot but a normal full-length show could look like:

1. Willing Night Plants
2. Nansen
3. Tamer & Hawk
4. A Continent Lost
5. Feline Funeral
6. In and Out The Nest
7. Expedition
8. Smile with your 1000 teeth
9. I'm Kingfisher
10. Arctic Fox Too Majestic For The Tundra
11. Deer Theatre

12. Force of Habit
13. Svalbard

Approx time 45-55 mins
all songs written by I'm Kingfisher (Thomas Jonsson)