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|| www.electricviolinshop.com/zeta-info Billy received an endorsement on a Zeta Jazz midi violin system after performing on the same bill as Jean-Luc Ponty with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia in Budapest, Hungary.
|Carlo Giordano Violins:
|| www.maccorp.co.jp/e/carlo/silenzia.html Billy received an endorsement on a Carlo Giordano 'Silenzia' violin whilst doing some improvisation teaching at Guildford College
|Reed Instrument Microphones:
|| www.riml.biz Billy uses the Fiddle Pro microphone for all sorts of things both live and in studio settings.
||www.the-swipe.com Billy is endorsed by The Swipe. An excellent way to prolong the life of strings on all string instruments.
|| www.akg.com Through performing in Vienna with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia and his connection with drummer/Studio guru Jon Hiseman, Billy got the WMS400 radio mic from AKG.
|| www.cajondrums.co.uk Billy's latest addition to his looping project is a wonderful '3 in 1' Cajon from Lion Cajons. There is an excellent microphone placement system too.
92.4-96.8, 103.5-104.9 MHz
www.bbc.co.uk/cymru BBC Radio Cymru is BBC Wales' Welsh language radio station, broadcasting throughout Wales on FM since 1979. It is also carried on DAB Digital Radio within Wales, and on satellite. The station has also been broadcasting on the Internet since January 2005.
The evening output (from 8pm) of Radio Cymru is branded "C2" and is aimed at a younger audience than the rest of the station. It covers the contemporary Welsh music scene extensively. It has studios in both Bangor and Cardiff and typically opens at 8pm with the show from Cardiff with Dafydd Du. Huw Stephens hosts a show here and also Lisa Gwilym for whom Amledd are doing an acoustic session at 11pm, October 2nd, 2006,
|| www.bowed.org This is where it's at for today's improvising violinists. Superb podcasts full of alternative string compositions of all sorts of styles.
The legendary French violinist. Billy performed on a double bill with
Jean-Luc touring with Barbara
Thompson and the band in Budapest. Jean-Luc and Billy got
chatting and if anyone needs a reference for Billy then ask Jean-Luc.
|| www.didierlockwood.com The Man. Brilliant.
www.darolanger.com Co-founder of the excellent 'Turtle Island String Quartet'.
A boundary pushing Polish Jazz/Fusion violinist.
Manchester based Jazz Violinist.
UK electric violinist. Founder of the Fiddle Forum.
www.zapen.com Top improvising violinist from Florida U.S.A. A Sultry singing
www.pete-hartley.co.uk Excellent improvising violinist based in the Midlands. The only
7 string violin player I know of.
www.davidwilson.com Smooth American violinist. Recorded with Henry Mancini.
www.violalex.de Excellent German alternative violinist using lots of loops.
Superb classical cellist. Amazing CV. Worked with many of Europe's
top orchestras. Currently front desk of the Seville Symphony.
www.ricardogriego.com Las Vegas guitarist Billy was contacted by to do an on-line session.
The Amigos' guitarists Gary Phillips and Andy King.
Excellent guitarist and Sitar player of many styles.
||www.bluespecker.de Flamboyant blues singer/guitarist from Germany. Often seen jamming
||www.daveelwyn.co.uk Amledd's superb guitarist and singer/songwriter in his own right.
||www.lollomeier.nl Phenominal true gypsy guitarist based in Holland with whom Billy performed a while ago in Le Quecumbar.
www.myspace.com/timrobinsonuk Excellent Manouche style guitarist who played with 'Billy
Thompson Gypsy Style' when BIlly was based in that London.
|www.myspace.com/katz Billy used to perform regularly with Robin - again, mostly at Le
Excellent Manouche style guitarist. Winchester based but frequently
seen at Le
Superb guitarist playing gypsy jazz, traditional, swing and mainstream
Top guitarist playing a variety of acoustic guitar styles. Member
of Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django. Billy performed with him at The Troubadour, London.
Excellent rhythm guitarist in the manouche style. This is the web-site
for 'Le Jazz et al' - the label run by Dave. There is a section on Angelo Debarre here too...
Billy met Keith at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. A phenomenal
pianist, composer, educator and big band leader.
|| www.myspace.com/peterlemer The inspirational keyboard player from Barbara
Thompson & Paraphernalia. His CD 'Looking for soup' is available
direct from him at email@example.com.
Quite good at chess too... (Read a brief biography on the biogs
page... ). A duo album by Peter
and Billy was launched at Brecon 2003. The Thompson/Lemer Quartet is now firing on all cylinders.
The fantastic keyboard player/pianist Dick Roberts. Co-founder of
Entertainment in Wales.com
Billy joined Alex for the opening of the London Jazz Festival 2002.
Alex's superb R & B Latino project is a fusion of modern R&B music,
Latin percussion, trumpets, strings and hard-hitting soul music.
||www.alexstansford.co.uk Alex Stansford is a superb London based Jazz pianist with whom Billy is running a Jazz Workshop in Feb 2007.
||www.edwardjay.co.uk Billy used to perform in a duo setting with this excellent Accordianist
performing in many different styles.
||www.myspace.com/huwwarrenmusic Huw is a superb pianist and accordionist, composer and jazz innovator. Now living in North Wales, Huw won the BBC's Jazz Award for Innovation in 2006.
||www.karenstreet.com Fantastic accordion player Billy recently performed with in Mike Westbrook's Glad Day.
www.taif-bass.co.uk Barry's very own bass God. Brilliant bass player from Amledd, Barbara
Thompson's Paraphernalia, The
Billy Thompson Quartet. Also the founder of Voodoo Cult with Philip Boa.
||www.room4music.com Exceptional double bass player with whom Billy performs with in Mike Westbrook's Glad Day.
Inspirational composer/bass player/multi-instrumentalist from South
||www.stefanredtenbacher.com Top bass player
who performs with Ana Gracey and has his own 'Funkestra'.
Superb double bass player, West Midlands based. Also a very busy actor and voice over artist - he IS Tony the TIger.
The inspirational drummer from Amledd, The
Billy Thompson Quartet and numerous other outfits including The
The website for Barbara Thompson (saxophonist and composer) and Jon
Hiseman (drummer, producer), Paraphernalia, Colosseum... (See biogs).
Shakatak's superb drummer. Can also be heard with Peter Lemer and
Billy now and again.
Excellent Freestyle Rock drummer. Reverberating like a grooving metronome
from the Valleys of South Wales.
website for Barbara Thompson (saxophonist and composer) and Jon Hiseman
(drummer, producer), Paraphernalia, Colosseum... (See biogs).
www.philtoddmusic.com Billy first played with Phil when Neil Ardley's Kaleidoscope of Rainbows was reformed in the early '00s. Phenomenal sax player and multi-instrumentalist.
Apollo Sax Quartet:
Home page for Andy Scott. Co-founder of the Apollo Sax Quartet.
Top classical/folk flautist and piccolo player.
||www.amandawhiting.com Wonderful harp player from South Wales. Amanda is at home playing a vast range of music - be it traditional, classical, jazz or pop.
www.myspace.com/rubinskifetachini Loop master and all round very talented guy. Check out G Wizz by 'Billy T' on the Sounds page. Did the artwork for Amledd's album 'Cyfnod Cyntaf' Also teaches break dancing!
|Hip Hop Samples:
||www.p5audio.com Downloadable multi track loops, Roland Mv8000 Sounds, Software samples including free hip hop wav samples and drum sounds. Find Fruity loops, Hip Hop Drums & Drum Loops, samples and mpc sounds.
||Music Production Hit Talk teaches music production techniques & training for aspiring musicians, plus music contracts, beat contests, and more.
||www.amledd.co.uk The band Billy has been co-writing, recording and perforning for for the last 3 years with Rhian Williams.
The Amigos' web-site. More sound files available here... http://www.hotclub.co.uk/html/djangost.html
Thompson & Paraphernalia
The website for the wonderful Barbara Thompson and her group Paraphernalia.
| Ana Gracey:
||www.anagracey.co.uk The web-site for Ana Gracey's exciting new band project. More sound
files available here...
|Mim Twm Llai:
||www.mimtwmllai.com The superb Welsh singer/songwriter and co-founder of Anweledig. Billy recently sessioned on his latest album.
||www.sianjames.co.uk Wonderful singer/songwriter/harpist giving a traditional style a modern twist
In yer face hardcore Metal Rock. Top band and believe it or not very
nice people too (Billy didn't tell you that). Dave Ball from Amledd and Barbara
Thompson's Paraphernalia is their Bass man... asd
www.psappha.com Psappha is the leading contemporary music and music-theatre
ensemble in the North of England. Led by the amazing violinist,
David Routledge, the ensemble is committed to providing a forum
for contemporary music and music-theatre in the North of England
through education work, commissioning new works and - most importantly
- presenting performances of the highest standards.
From The Hill:
BOYS from the HILL are a South Wales based acoustic trio, they are:
Andy Jones (Guitar, Vocals), Chris Pitson (Bouzouki, Guitar) &
Martin Leamon (Melodeon, Bouzouki and Accordion). Their music is a
mixture of self penned and traditional material with a strong social
commentary. Flippin' brilliant.
www.joolsholland.com Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are a superb
14 piece band including bassist Dave Swift. They sell out hundreds
of shows a year all round the UK and Europe. A visit to Cardiff
saw Billy make a guest appearance.
Violin driven Celtic Rock band from Cardiff who Billy met whilst
touring with Barabara Thompson & Paraphernalia.
Buzzard Boogie Band:
Innovative big band featuring Saxophonist Andy Williamson.
Superb 11 piece South Wales combo. Brecon Jazz Festival regulars
performing a selection of commissioned compostions and self penned
originals and arrangements of all sorts including a track by Nirvana.
Downloads and much more here...
Billy supported this Czech band with Red
Rag Band. Deeply rooted in village music of native Czechia,
they bring ancient folk songs to wide audiences both at home and abroad.
The music draws its strength from both Eastern and Western sources:
Breton "fest-noz" meets passionate dances from the wild East.
||www.corybrythoniaid.com Fantastic Welsh Male Voice Choir.
du Hot Club de France stylists:
Acoustic guitar based band, superb exponents of both the Rhumba
and of the Manouche style. To be heard to be believed. Newport based.
Features the excellent guitarist Hywell Maggs.
A vibrant new 5 piece Cardiff based band reproducing the tunes by
the Hot Club de Paris.
in demand for her composing skills with contributions too numerous
to mention... Recent premier of a Sax quartet (written for the Apollo
Sax ensemble) at the Purcell Rooms.
& Kate Westbrook:
||www.westbrookjazz.co.uk Information about British Jazz Composer, Pianist, Bandleader,
Mike Westbrook & Singer, Songwriter, Kate Westbrook. Including news
about their projects, recordings and performances.
||www.warrengreveson.com Excellent electronic composer, musician and producer based in Beaumaris, Anglesey. Pioneer of the Zyklus.
||www.amledd.co.uk Billy's other half and co-writer for Amledd. All lyrics are by Rhian who's poetry is highly rated. Her songs look at the many aspects of our emotions, hopes and dreams...
| Dave Elwyn Edwards:
||www.daveelwyn.co.uk Dave Elwyn Edwards (Amledd's original guitarist). Now very much a singer/songwriter and artist in his own right.
||http://www.myspace.com/gaitoms Billy features on Mim Twm Llai's last album 'Yr Eira Mawr' and has subsequently performed at festivals around Wales with Gai.
The wonderful singer/songwriter all set for the big-time. Ana's
latest project is the Ana
Billy used to go busking with Will all around the Wirral
performing music by - amongst others - Bob Dylan, The Waterboys, The
Wonderstuff, The Manic Street Preachers and William's originals. This
helped develop Billy's improvising no end.
Superb Finn brothers style Singer/Songwriter with Indian influences
from that London. Recently including Billy.
||http://jim.rowlands.free.fr Welsh champion singer/songwriter based in Paris, flying the flag big
music production company is called Thompsound Music and has produced
albums and other recordings for Amledd, Meic
Stevens, Smooth Roscoe & The Goo and Branwen Sykes amongst others.
uses the Pro Tools LE 002 and 003 systems and EMagic Logic Audio Platinum v.6.
Thompsound Music is totally portable, can literally travel anywhere and
record in 24bit 96hz editable perfection. For further info and pricings
Now in new premises... Billy has converted the attic into Thompsound Music's new home in Bala, North Wales. There is a purpose built vocal booth and enough room for a small band.
||www.temple-music.com One of the largest studios still operational in the Greater London area, Jon Hiseman's fantastic studio is based in Sutton, Surrey, UK. The seamless nature of Pro Tools meant that Billy was able to take his hard drive to Jon's place to record the drums to Amledd's album on his Pro Tools HD system and then bring it home to North Wales to mix in Pro Tools LE.
||www.milesashton.com Miles is the best live sound guy in the business. Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia's sound guy for many years and Ronnie Scott's Club's main man for many years too. Reassuringly expensive.
||www.angelstudios.co.uk Wonderful recording studio in Islington, London. Billy sessioned for Salena Jones here.
Pan Alley Studio:
Excellent recording Studio at an excellent location - 22 Denmark Street,
Resources: Violin, Mandolin, Guitar & Drum Sites/Instrument Makers/Dealers/Repairers/Forums:
|20th century violinists:
||www.thirteen.org/publicarts/violin/index.html A superb A - Z of legendary 20th century violinists with some video clips.
||www.cardiffviolins.co.uk Billy has shopped at Cardiff Violins since his days at the Royal Welsh College of Music and highly recommends them for quality of service and friendliness.
|Blackpool Violin Shop:
||www.violinshop.co.uk Responsible for the valuation of Billy's late Uncle's violins. Very helpful and knowledgaeable. Billy highly recommends them. Blackpool based.
|Paul Ayres Violins:
||www.ayresviolins.co.uk Billy went here for a second opinion on a violin and his brother takes his Cellos here for repairs. An excellent violin maker and repairer/dealer. Manchester based.
||www.violin-hq.com An amazing resource site for pretty much every aspect of the violin
from different styles to Berg to violins themselves.
||www.fiddleforum.com An excellent knowledge source for all styles of violinists.
||www.blindman.forumhoster.com A Blues discussion forum where BIlly sometimes lurks.
||www.hotclub.co.uk A great place to start in search of all things related to Gypsy Jazz.
There is now a forum too.
||www.hotclub.co.uk/html/djangost.html Hundreds of exponents of Gypsy style bands from around the World.
||www.violinandviola.co.uk String Resources for the UK
||www.lrbaggs.com The makers of the pick-ups Billy currently uses on his 1920s Artist's
Apollo violin and Baritone violin. The pick-up is a replacement bridge.
||www.zetamusic.com Billy has an artist's deal on a midi violin from this company.
||www.electricstrings.com Electric violin maker/dealer. Specialising in Zeta violins and pick-ups
for all the violin family.
||www.timsviolins.co.uk Maker and dealer of extraordinary violins. Also deals in all accessories.
||www.lightbubble.com/bowed Electric violin players, makers, and resources. Excellent site covering
all aspects of electric/improvised violin playing. Did you know that
the first publicly available electric violin was made by the Rickenbacker
company in 1935? You do now. Top site.
||www.jazzfiddlewizard.com Excellent site all about Jazz violin players and playing. Lots of
tution books and educational aids. Great links page too. 'A practical
guide to Jazz Improvising for Strings'.
||www.abar.net A great source for literature about Jazz and Improvisation on the
Violin. There are also many links to other violinists too.
||www.mandolincafe.com A World of Mandolin information, sheet music and general encouragement here.
||www.Piano-Accompaniments.com Downloadable accompaniments of over 90 violin pieces...
||www.acousticguitar.com 'For Every Player in Any Style'... Help for all budding guitarists.
||www.drumscore.com Great resource for drummers. Drum sheet music, playing guides and more...
DVD makers/Film Makers/Special FX:
||www.r4z2productions.co.uk The future of special effects are in very good hands it would appear...
||www.myspace.com/8to13hz Superb team who can film your gig and make it DVD ready/available for YouTube... Also able to broadcast gig around venue adding live visuals.
Those People Productions Ltd is a Cardiff-based Film and Television
Production company. Formed by Jason King and Neil Wagstaff. Those
People represent part of the growing digital expression in South Wales,
throughout a wide variety of media. Good site including a 'talent
|Clwb Ifor Bach:
||www.clwb.net The best music venue in Cardiff... Known as The Welsh Club by non-Welsh speakers.
The world famous Jazz club in that London. Clubs don't get better
Rhondda Jazz Club presents "Jazz in the Lounge" each month
in the Park & Dare Lounge Bar, Treorchy. Superb.
Top music pub in The Uplands, Swansea.
||www.plymouth-jazz-club.org.uk Top jazz club putting on a wide range of jazz from trad through
to modern styles.
Exciting looking new live music venue in Plymouth.
Excellent showcase night at the venue 'West One Four', London.
'The room at the back'. White Horse Inn, Ridgewell, Essex CO9 4SG
Tel: 01440 785532.
A taste of pre-war France in South London... Excellent Hot Club/Manouche
music throughout the week. Battersea High Street. Tel: 02077872227.
| www.span-arts.org.uk Providing the people of Pembrokeshire with arts activities ranging
from music, dance and arts performances to workshops in schools and
|http://artsadmin.co.uk/toynbeestudios Superb theatre on Commercial Street in London where Billy performed with Mike Westbrook's Glad Day. There will one day be a DVD of this performance as there was a 6 camera shoot taken of the first night for this purpose.
Jazz at the Bonded Warehouse:
|www.quests.freeuk.com/warehouse.htm Long running Jazz Club in Stourbridge, West Midlands putting Jazz nights on once a month.
||www.tyrfe-tawe.com October festival in Swansea with Welsh music of many styles.
There are too many superlatives available to describe just how superb
this festival is.
Top music festival with bands from all over the World - mainly Welsh.
- sur - Seine:
Django Rheinhardt festival. 40 mins south of Paris. Possibly the best
festival in the world, ever. One stage with top musicians performing.
Loads of jamming of the Manouche style of playing all around the area.
Huge project holding big events at the SE1 Club - London Bridge.
The Next Step in Conscious Partying!... A truly amazing event. Nov
15th featured Billy T in the Trance Room, there was another room
with live bands playing of many different styles (for eg at around
3am there was banging techno in one room and 1930s swing Jazz right
next to it!). Good causes aired, lots of chill out spaces and much
much more... Excellent decor and visuals, happy atmosphere, an incredible
event. Every couple of months or so... See web-site for more details.
|CD Baby - Amledd:
||www.cdbaby.com/cd/amledd Amledd's CD Baby mini site. From here you can stream excerpts of the whole album - and buy it!
|CD Baby for you:
||www.cdbaby.net An excellent way to have your long worked on album available World wide. They also take care of Digital Distribution.
The UK's Largest FREE Musician and Entertainment Resource Directory
on the Net.
||www.valleyconnection.co.uk 10 years as the main directory for the internet in Wales.
Superb online guitar shop with everything from strings to amps...
||www.bluegrassseeds.co.uk Get yer Wegen picks here - and meet Stuart WIlliams and his project.
College of Music and Drama:
Billy got his BAhons degree in music from here. More importantly though
- Keith Tippett is sometimes there teaching improvisation. Billy's
violin teacher Dona-Lee Croft used to teach there (See biogs).
A music shop in Vienna. Sorted Billy out with his distortion pedal.
Ask for Walter.
For excellent Skiing, Snow Boarding and Aprés Ski. The largest
inter-connected skiing area in Austria! Billy highly recommends going
Unique Welsh tiles of all kind made and designed by Sue Jones...
Tidy. Sue's partner is Meic Stevens's top bass player Mark Jones.
Superb home made pottery. Everything from fine porcelain to huge
plant pots. Maggy's partner is the genius keyboard player Peter Lemer.
Superb Welsh logo designer clothing from a home business in Bala,
North Wales. http://www.freebyte.com/webtools/
||www.freebyte.com/website_tools/ An excellent database for free web tools.
A directory of bands in the UK.
||www.outsidefood.co.uk The caterers who did Billy and Rhi's wedding... A pleasure to deal with.
2 Football Clubs/International Clubs:
European Champions of 2005, FA cup winners of 2006. The best team in the world ever - bar perhaps maybe
Oh Birkenhead, is Wonderful, Oh Birkenhead is Wonderful, it's full
of ...., ..... & the Rovers, Oh Birkenhead is Wonderful. Sound
File available shortly... honest...
Football Association of Wales:
Follow the fortunes of Wales' national team.
A man with an incredible vision. Highly recommended. A passage from
'The Player of Games' inspired Liquideous
by Billy T.
The excellent charity set up by the late great Yehudi Menuhin. Its
two main aims are to promote the enjoyment and experience of live
music amongst people who would not normally have access to it, and
to assist gifted young professional musicians at the outset of their
|Jazz 4 Jed
|| www.jazz4jed.co.uk The Jazz for Jed Award is an annual award made specifically to assist in the promotion and development of jazz music in Wales. Set up in memory of the wonderful Jed Williams who programmed Becon Jazz Festival for many years along with many other inspirational contributions to Jazz in the UK (including the magasine - JazzUK).
A still much mis-understood illness. Awareness about this illness
is vital to help a cure be developed.
A good home page. Basically, you click on a button and a new page
with some sponsors' logos comes up and you have (or rather the companies
have) donated a bit.
A citizen's lobby group that works to end global hunger by
empowering individuals to speak their concern to their elected representative,
the media, and their communities. It is a non-partisan pressure and
education network that has groups in the UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico,
Germany & Australia.
Aids today in Africa is claiming more lives than the sum total of
all wars, famines and floods and the ravages of such deadly diseases
as Malaria. Click on the link for easy ways to contribute to helping
bring an end to this.
The M.U. was founded over 100 years ago in 1893, and has a proud history
of service to musicians of all types.
Jazz Services Limited is a registered charity funded by the Arts Council
of England with financial assistance from the Musicians' Union (MU),
the 'Foundation for Sport and the Arts' and the 'Performing Rights
||www.petrolprices.com Find the lowest UK petrol price in your area. 9,930 petrol stations and 8,000 daily updates.
|Money Saving Expert .com:
||www.moneysavingexpert.com The consumers' revenge... Lots of pointers to help save money.
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