Thomas Hellman

Thomas Hellman

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Bilingual franco-texan singer-songwriter Thomas Hellman offers a unique blend of the french "chanson" and american folk traditions. With a commanding stage presence, exceptional original songs and a great band of musicians, he offers a dynamic, moving and highly entertaining concert experience.

Biography

Thomas Hellman was born in Montréal to a Texan father and a mother from Southern France. He was influenced as much by the French « chanson » singer-songwriter tradition (Jacques Brel, Richard Desjardins) as by American folk music (Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan). Hellman writes and sings in both English and French. He was active for many years in the Montréal musical and literary underground. While he was working on a Master’s degree in French literature, Thomas recorded two independent albums (« Something Wrong » and « Stories from Oscar’s Old Café ») at McGill University studios in Montréal. Both albums were well received by Canadian critics but received limited distribution and are now out of print. In 2005, Thomas Hellman signed a record contract with Justin Time Records and recorded « L’appartement » (the apartment) his first predominantly francophone album, produced by Jean Massicotte (Lhasa de Sela, Jean Leloup, Pierre Lapointe, Arthur H). French Canadian critics hailed it as « one of the most important francophone albums in recent years ». Thomas Hellman was nominated for three ADISQ awards (French Canadian equivalent of the Junos), including « Best singer-songwriter » and « revelation of the year », was twice nominated for the Félix Leclerc songwriting award, won an « honours » award for his concert at the Quebec City Summer Festival, and was in the top five selection for the SOCAN « Echo » songwriting award.
In March 2007, Thomas Hellman will release « Departure Songs », a selection of remixed and remastered English songs from his two first independent albums. « L’appartement » and « Departure Songs » will be launched in Europe (on Harmonia Mundi records) in April 2007.

Thomas Hellman has a commanding stage presence and plays with a band of some of the most exceptional, energetic and charismatic musicians Montreal has to offer. Their concerts are dynamic, moving, energetic and highly entertaining. during 2006 Thomas Hellman and his band played over 100 shows, mostly in French Canada and Europe.

www.myspace.com\thomashellman

Lyrics

You Can Take her out Dancing

Written By: Thomas Hellman

YOU CAN TAKE HER OUT DANCING
(written and performed by Thomas Hellman© )

The first snows have fallen
And the young ones leave the streets
Tonight the winter gathers
Montreal goes to sleep

Your melody has left you
And your love she seems so cold
And the dying lights of summer
Sing this lonely tune for you

You can take her out dancing
Forget just who you are
You can take her out dancing
And tonight you can be the star

You can speak of love and hate
And hold her by the hand
You can take her out dancing
And tonight you can be her man
You can be the man

And dance for the passions of summer
When you said that she was the one
Dance for the colours of autumn
You never thought winter would come

Blend all your movements to music
And make of your bodies a song
Because nothing lasts forever
So one last time before winter comes

You can take her out dancing
Forget just who you are
You can take her out dancing
And tonight you can be the star

You can speak of love and hate
And hold her by the hand
You can take her out dancing
And tonight you can be her man
You can be the man

The Greyhound Song

Written By: Thomas Hellman

THE GREYHOUND SONG
(Written and performed by Thomas Hellman (c) )

Riding by the night line
On a Greyhound northward bound
I smoked too much cigarettes
I drank too much wine
My head is heavy
But the sleep it just won't come
This road's a long one
I've got New-York on my mind

Far off in the distance
I can see some house light shine
I've known that kind before
That you can seek
But never find
But here in the darkness
I can watch the world roll by
Farther from the city
But closer to the sky

And when I think of all the days that I've been wasting
Riding with no real place to go
I call out to my friends and to my brother
I hava a goal

Riding by the night line on a Greyhound northward bound
I see the moon above me and the Hudson river shine
Shine on crazy river with the wicked waves of time
On to faces yet to come and for the faces left behind

And this singer sings for all the lonesome travelers
Who feel that they must leave a world behind
And build another day upon a suitcase
Upon a dream

Riding by the night line on a Greyhound northward bound
A glorious sun is rising
As we go rolling into town

Discography

L'appartement, 2005 Justin Time Records
Departure Songs, March 2007, Justin Time Records

Set List

2 x 45 minutes
All songs by Thomas Hellman, except 1 or 2 songs by either Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Bonnie Prince Billy or Leonard Cohen...