Improvising Violinist Billy Thompson
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Here’s a ‘Kwik Kuts’ compilation of various recordings featuring Billy playing the violin in various styles from Gypsy Jazz to Jazz Rock, Rock, Singer-songwriter accompaniment, Dance Music, String section work and more:
*For a full list of tracks on this compilation track click here.
Latest YouTube Videos (please consider subscribing):
- No One Knows – performed outside Billy’s home during CV-19 lockdown. The full band sent themselves playing also!
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow – performed outside Billy’s home during CV-19 lockdown… Andy Mackenzie and Greg Robley joined afterwards.
Latest TV appearances:
On Feb 2nd 2019 Billy played at the tribute concert for Jon Hiseman at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre:
It was epic! Click this link for the full 4 hour show. Billy’s performance with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and the National Jazz Youth Orchestra starts at 1:53:50 into the show.
The latest CD release is an exciting new electronic/rock project with Warren Greveson called:
Enjoy the new site and please contact about anything at all in the comments section below… To hear direct from Billy (occasionally) add your email address here:
Billy’s debut album from 1997 recorded with guitarist Andy Maule and Dafydd Lewis on double bass is now available…
More about Improvising Violinist Billy Thompson
Billy Thompson is a classically trained improvising violinist performing in numerous different styles of music.
These styles vary from his highly popular band Billy Thompson Gypsy Style to performing with internationally acclaimed jazz artists such as saxophonist/composer Barbara Thompson MBE and pianist/composer Mike Westbrook OBE. Billy performs on five albums and a DVD with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and is an integral part of the wonderful Glad Day by Mike Westbrook featuring on the live DVD released last year.
Other current projects include a live looping project with composer Warren Greveson called Dolennu and also a project with a highly talented singer/songwriter (and wine producer) called Gavin Crisfield.
During Billy’s time living in Wales, Billy has performed and recorded with many of Wales’ finest musicians and singer/songwriters including Meic Stevens (for ten years), Gai Toms (Mim Twm Llai), Heather Jones, Sian James, Delwyn Sion, Dafydd Iwan, Alun Tan Lan and Gwilym Bowen Rhys. During his time in South Wales, Billy was an integral part of The Amigos performing all around Wales and featuring on 3 studio albums.
Meeting singer/songwriter Rhian Williams (now Thompson) led to the creation of the Welsh band Amledd and the release of the album Cyfnod Cyntaf.
Now residing in Bala, North Wales with his family since 2005, Billy also runs a recording studio offering recording services, location recording and an online session musician service. For further details visit Thompsound Music.
For the full range of CDs and DVDs available please visit the Thompsound Music Shop.
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