Folkworks: Simon Thoumire and Ian Carr
Virtuoso musicians Simon Thoumire and Ian Carr first met in 1988 at the inaugural BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award held at the Purcell Rooms in London. They hit it off immediately and made their first album HOOTZ! On Black Crow Records in 1990. After performing across the world in the 1990s they took a break and met up again in 2010 to play the 30th anniversary of the Shetland Folk Festival.
“This was the festivals most joyous concert, and probably its most well attended” Sundsvalls Tidning.
“The brilliantly puckish pairing of concertina player Simon Thoumire and guitarist Ian Carr rendered even tunes as classic as The Mason’s Apron and Calliope House magically afresh, teeming with joyous virtuosity.” Sue Wilson, The Scotsman
Simon and Ian’s music is rooted in folk but with an eclectic range of influences from Prince, through Oscar Peterson, Barbara Streisand to J. Scott Skinner. Simon Thoumire (concertina) and Ian Carr (guitar) present a unique and daring combination of instrumental virtuosity, craft and creativity. Their second album ‘He Thinks He’s Invisible’ was released in 2013 to critical acclaim and they continue to travel the world playing their music. Simon and Ian owe a lot to Folkworks and it is always brilliant to come back to Newcastle where so much happened for them.
“virtuoso, madcap exhilarating stuff. One thing for sure, you won’t fall asleep listening to it!” The Living Tradition
“..When they play it straight, as on Carr’s waltz set, they can charm; but when they go for it, they’re an unstoppable force of mad virtuosity.” Rob Adams, Sunday Herald