Thomasina was selected to be Connecticut State Troubadour for 2005 & 2006. This highly esteemed and honorary position allowed her to be Connecticut’s Ambassador for music and song. Thomasina is an internationally recognized mountain dulcimer player, singer, and songwriter whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe. Called a “charismatic” performer, she touches audiences with a simplicity, humanity, and strength drawn from the deep roots of the folk tradition. Her freshness and vitality surprise people, often evoking unexpected emotional responses from first time audiences and loyal fans alike.
There are no spectators at Thomasina’s concerts. Her infectious energy draws audiences into joyous participation- singing, clapping, drumming or even playing along on an instrument she provides. She performs solo, or with a dynamic back-up band that consists of a world-class percussionist and bass player.
Thomasina sings, composes music and plays the mountain dulcimer. Her voice has been described as “both sweet and strong with a moving spiritual strain.” Her original and traditional compositions and arrangements appeal to a wide range of audiences – from children to grandparents. After years of work on the mountain dulcimer, Thomasina’s unique and complex adaptation of the instrument with its sweet simple sound has become one of her trademarks.
While it is possible to appreciate Thomasina’s music through her recordings, one must attend a concert in order to truly experience her magic.
Thomasina has recordings for both children and adults:
Chasing Cloud Shadows, is her 2003 release that has received international acclaim and airplay in over twenty countries across the globe. It has been described as “pure sunlight, a dazzling marriage of new and traditional folk music, jazz, country and bluegrass that makes for an hour of joyous listening.”
Released in 1999, Holding Back the Night, blends the dulcimer and her voice with world beat percussion, traditional instrumentals, original compositions, and contemporary folk songs. This recording received national and international acclaim.
A Peaceful Storm, a Mountain Dulcimer Journey Through Songs and Instrumentals was released in 1995. This eclectic collection of music shows the many moods and faces of the mountain dulcimer.
Let’s Pretend, Original and Traditional Folk Songs for Children is Thomasina’s first solo release. It has been called “One of the Best of the Best children’s recordings of 1994” by the Emergency Librarian Magazine.
In the Spring of 2000,Thomasina was included in Mel Bay Publication’s, Dulcimer 2000, book which features solos by the world’s best mountain dulcimer players.