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Classically trained, professional improvising violinist. Own 5-piece band. Great reader. Own PA. Own studio. All styles of music. Long CV.

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 OBE 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. WEDDINGS/FUNCTIONS: When not doing all the above, Billy also performs all around the UK (and further afield) playing at weddings and functions of all kinds. The band used is the core of Billy Thompson Gypsy Style but performs a much wider range of music than appears on the 2 CDs under that name. Billy Thompson's wedding performances are unique in style and quality. Enhancing every couple's dream day in a very special way. 'Amazing music to create a memory to last a lifetime'. Billy is available for functions of all kinds including Weddings and practically any other event where high quality live music is required. Solo or with his band. In 1996 and 1998 Billy reached the televised final of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year and has subsequently performed with some of the biggest names around. Highlights have included headlining twice at Ronnie Scott's London with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia and being the main support for Tom Jones' home coming concert in Pontypridd in front of 25,000 people. Incidentally, the day of the Tom Jones gig also saw Billy performing in the VIP hospitality tent and then afterwards traveling to Cardiff to play at a wedding in the MacDonald Hotel. At functions, Eryl Jones from the band brings along his mandolin and banjo - as well as his superb growly voice allowing us to perform a wide range of music from Tom Waits songs to Jazz classics, Bluegrass, Traditional Folk, Americana and even some classical. Antics got up to frequently include Billy walking around the audience whilst playing due to his ability to play wirelessly... 'Walking' being an understatement...

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Rockabilly, Irish rock, Folk rock, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Swing, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Gypsy jazz, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Noise music, Welsh folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Hilary Y, 2 months ago

absolutely magical thank you billy made our evening so very special ...hilary .mawdesley

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Steve P, 1 year ago

Absolutely great, would have no hesitation of using him again.

From other customers:, 3 years ago

Scintillating Gypsy Jazz - best part of a great party! Having looked around everywhere for a Gipsy Jazz band I came across a video of Billy playing on You Tube - it was great, and live he was better! We had Billy and the band to play at our party at Galeri Caernarfon after we came back from our wedding abroad. Fantastic performance, and Billy a star who got the crowd really into it all, and we were all dancing (or at least trying to). Billy himself was lovely and accomodating, and was happy to play to my nieces and nephews who had taken a shine to him and the music! Everybody got up to dance and the repertoire was brilliant. Made for a proper party feel. All in all when I saw people afterwards the general gist from everybody was 'great party - but I really loved the band'. So I guess the only problem is that they were everybody's highlight! ;-) Highly recommend Billy and the band to anybody having a party, or for any gig for that matter. Diolch yn fawr Billy - you made a great night even better! Llyr & Catrin, 4 years ago

infectiously spirited and mindblowlingly talented We booked Billy and his band to perform their Gypsy Style Jazz for our wedding evening reception and we couldn't have been happier with their performance. The intoxicating energy if their performance appealed to all our guests. Billy was also accommodating and versatilile enough to perform a special request for us as our first dance, originally intended as a duet between billy and our Pianist, Billy and his band were able to arrange the entire peice to include their 5 members with less than 40 minutes reversal time... And the results were spectacular, and a testiment to the outstanding skill these guys possess. A great night and a wonderful band. 5 stars doesn't do them justice!

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