Press Info

Performer

Thomasina is an internationally recognized mountain dulcimer player, singer, and song writer whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe.

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 level draws audience members into some kind of participation- singing, clapping, drumming or even playing along on an instrument which has been handed to you. She performs solo, or with a dynamic back-up band which 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.

Performance

  • concert halls
  • festivals
  • coffeehouses
  • artist in residence
  • schools
  • libraries
  • conferences
  • weddings

Teaching Artist

Thomasina was Connecticut State Troubadour for 2005 & 2006. This highly esteemed and honorary position allowed her to be Connecticut’s Ambassador for music and song. With a Master of Science degree in Education, she uses music and art to help students of all ages discover their own creative abilities throughout the United States. In January of 1999, she was accepted to become part of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts’ Master Teaching Artist Program. Her four years of studies and graduation as a Facilitator of Music Improvisation with cello master, David Darling and Music for People reaffirm her belief that music is in each one of us and is just waiting for the right time to emerge.

As one of the founders and organizers of the Housatonic Dulcimer Celebration, Thomasina has been instrumental in helping to bring students, teachers, and other musicians from all over the U.S. together to celebrate the joy of making music.

Some workshop possibilities are:

  • Mountain Dulcimer instruction for all levels and ages
  • Build your own cardboard dulcimer from a kit
  • Make your own musical instruments for all levels and ages
  • Singing and dancing games from around the world
  • Toddler Tunes for preschoolers and their parents
  • Songwriting and Activities from American and/or Connecticut History
  • A Singing Circle
  • Music Improvisation using Music for People techniques
  • Discovering Art Masterpieces through Music and Poetry

Recording Artist

Thomasina has recordings and instructional books for both children and adults:

Chasing Cloud Shadows, is her 2003 release that has had 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 release. It has been called “One of the Best of the Best children’s recordings of 1994” by the Emergency Librarian Magazine.

December’s Hearth, A Wizmak Holiday Gathering is a compilation recording of holiday instrumentals with music from various outstanding dulcimer recording artists. Thomasina recorded the opening and closing cuts for this album.

Quotes

“thomasina’s sweet and soulful vocal styling...the beauty of this release becomes apparent with each successive listening... a wonderfully integrated contemporary collection of songs ... a beautiful recording... ”
tom druckenmiller, sing out! magazine

“from album design to music within - ‘holding back the night’ is a refreshing blend of tradition meets cool 2000.”
eddie russell, jrri international radio

“...with a new style and grace, thomasina can turn heads. ‘a peaceful storm’ has some head turning performances. investigate.”
john o’ regan, rock ’n reel magazine
broadcaster, limerick, ireland

“... mountain dulcimer music with bone and

Arranger

In the Spring of 2000,Thomasina was included in the Mel Bay Publications Dulcimer 2000 book which features solos by the world’s best mountain dulcimer players.

Booking

For booking information, contact T.M. Levy at (860) 567 - 1605