Neil began to write and perform from the mid 90’s
creating the Judy Circus; a songwriting collective
which worked with DF Concerts to give emerging
talent a platform to perform at higher profile venues.
For the next 10 years he performed at folk clubs, arts
centres and festivals where his performances were
described as eclectic, relaxed and intimate.
Neil's writing is mainly inspired by his native Scotland. It's roots,
tradition and natural environment provide inspiration for creating music in his own relaxed, gentle style. He enjoys setting music to traditional poems
sung in Old Scots and in particular the poetry of Gerry Cambridge.
During a live performance Neil plays bouzouki, mandolin, tenor
banjo, acoustic guitar and low whistle and he gigs both as a
solo performer and with his three piece band
which features fiddle and guitar.
Snawdraps' written in old Scots by
Gerry Cambridge and set to music
by Neil became a joint winner
of the 2016 Nòs Ùr competition.
sponsored by Hands up for Trad.
The recording features fingerpicked alternative tunings and haunting low whistle and as with his previous album 'Common Ground' Neil has been inspired to record in the creative seclusion
of Watercolour Music in the Scottish Highlands.
After a 12 year hiatus Paisley born singer musician Neil Thomson returns
with a new folk inspired cd ‘Gandiegow’ which covers a variety of subjects including bird (and people) migration, ceilidh dancing, hedgehogs,
sectarianism, wood for burning, clipper ships and the clydebank blitz.
Folk Roots Magazine
"Beautifully recorded, reminiscent of early Ralph McTell, Dougie Maclean or even The Incredibles"
Living Tradition Magazine
"Mellow and relaxing at times, reminiscent of Eric Bogle, Neil's songs cover a wide range of topics, namely, the Clydebank blitz, sectarianism, clipper ships, migration, relationships and hedgehogs! The 13 tracks include three instrumentals where Neil’s low-whistle is beautifully prominent. All are delivered at a subtle laid-backed pace, the words being sung clearly, and the accompaniment always discreet. Neil’s voice is warm and his careful and intimate lyrics offer food for thought amidst the peaceful atmosphere. Calm and smooth, Gandiegow is an album to feel at ease with".
Glasgow Herald Celtic Connections festival Britannia, Panopticon Music hall.
“No such hostile responses for either of the sets in last night’s programme. Gerry Cambridge (moothie) and Neil Thomson
( vocals/guitar), offered up an opening selection of gentle, often whimsical songs that occasionally jigged about but most often
harked back to poetic reflections ( some of them penned by Cambridge ). His The Thought of Snow - with music by Thomson -
had a curlicue of Incredible String Band-ishness to it that was utterly engaging, while adoggoneditty about canines, Banjo Blues,
was witty’n’nifty enough to make cat-lovers howl in appreciation”.
The List Magazine
“The year in the making debut album from Paisley Singer/ Songwriter Neil Thomson is a welcome alternative. Its 10 tracks of gentle and evocative folky listening, are more akin to a leisurely rural run, Thomson investing the whole with a James Taylor-esque peaceful assurance”.