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An acknowledged concertina virtuoso, SIMON THOUMIRE has dazzled audiences with his playing all over the world.
A winner of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1989, Simon has always been keen to explore different genres of music, releasing many records over the years delving into folk, jazz, improvisation and composition.
Simon has also pursued interests in the industry side of traditional music forming Foot Stompin' Records in 1997, Scottish Traditional Music Trust (2000) and Hands Up for Trad (2003). Check out Simon's photo gallery.
Through the 1980's Simon started performing at accordion and won the Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1989.
This Award introduced Simon to Ian Carr which heralded a new musical direction for them both. Throughout the 1990's Simon made many recordings (see discography) and toured extensively. He worked many including Ian Carr, Simon Thoumire Three (Kevin Mackenzie, Simon Thorpe), John McCusker, Keep it Up (Eilidh Shaw, Malcolm Stitt, Kevin Mackenzie), Somotherland, Jim Sutherland, Phil and Tom Bancroft.
He toured the Netherlands with Drones in the Bones, a free improvising combo and in 1997 wrote his first large scale composition Celtic Connection's Suite. This was the start of a new period for Simon. This piece was performed 3 times at Glasgow's Celtic Connection's festival for which it was written.
It was followed in 1999 with Music for a New Scottish Parliament a piece that celebrated Scottish devolution and the new parliament. 2000 premiered The Scottish Requiem which looked back at all the people who have come before us in the previous 2000 years and looked forward to the next 2000. It featured the Latin mass texts translated into Scots and sang by choir and Rod Paterson.
Compositions: Celtic Connections Suite: Commissioned by Celtic Connections Festival to mark the opening of their late night club. Day Trip to Glasgow: Commissioned by Glasgow Jazz Festival. Music for a New Scottish Parliament: Written to mark a momentous time in Scottish history this piece was chosen by the BBC for the opening concert of their Music Live Festival at GRCH Glasgow. The Scottish Requiem: Commissioned by Celtic Connections. Ceilidh: Commissioned by Yehudi Menuin's organisation Live Music Now! Myth: Commissioned by South Lanarkshire Council's ARTSNET organisation for the children of South Lanarkshire Schools. Scottish Fiddle Concerto Teaching.
Simon has been involved with all of the major providers of workshops: the Youth Gaitherin', Edinburgh; the Edinburgh Feis, Feis Rois, Folkworks,; Comhaltas, Glasgow; Celtic Connections Education Programme; Fife Schools; South Lanarkshire Council; Yehudi Menuin's Live Music Now! As well as travelling to England and Ireland to teach.