Thomas Wilson
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Thomas Wilson

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As a teenager Thomas Wilson said to folk music: “I do not adore thee.” He was obsessed with the wailing guitar of blues and blues-rock. He fancied himself the next Eric Clapton. He was ignorant of the interwoven history of folk and blues, and anything that could not support a guitar solo was a waste of time. As he grew older his interest went from blues to jazz and from jazz to funk. He played guitar in a big-band and in a short-lived funk band.
He became involved with a college radio station CKUW at the University of Winnipeg. Interviewing musicians on a weekly basis, he developed a taste for Winnipeg’s top-notch alt-folk songwriting, that of Nathan, the Weakerthans, Christine Fellows, etc. It wasn’t until he was 20 years old that he attempted singing. He focused especially on the songs of Tom Waits and Prince. This was not folk music as he understood it. These were just damn good songs, outrageously sentimental, bizarre and unique. The music of Bob Dylan hit him appallingly late. Through Bob Dylan came Woody Guthrie and he was set on fire by the history of folk music.
Suddenly, as if struck by lightning, a surprise to himself more than anyone, he began writing music at a maddening rate. The desire to perform these songs overwhelmed him. He had now moved to Hamilton with the intention of marrying Sarah Stewart-Kroeker. They were married August 2006.
Sarah’s musical background is just as abundantly diverse as her husband’s. She was formally trained in Suzuki violin from the age of five. Informally she grew up singing along to the worn-out tapes of Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris. Her input to Thomas’s songs is invaluable and her arrangements add a musical depth that distinguishes their music from the standard singer/songwriter fare.
Sarah and Thomas Wilson have met with a very warm reception from the Hamilton music scene. Thomas recorded a demo of five songs in one hour in June 2006. The quality of the demo rests solely on the strength of his live performance and the strength of the songwriting. They are recording an album together in December 2006, and to promote this new album are pursuing live gigs with an added intensity.