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Ryan & Brennish Thomson

Updated September 16, 2021

Fiddling and musical activities with the Thomsons

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Ryan and Brennish Thomson performing at the American Airlines terminal at the Beijing airport in China

The Thomsons with Boston Rovers at the American Airlines 

terminal in the Beijing Airport, China,  for the celebration of the 

first non-stop flight from  Beijing to Dallas, Texas

Brennish Thomson performs on guitar at fine arts gallery in Essex, Massachusetts

Brennish Thomson performs on guitar in a fine arts gallery in Essex, Massachusetts.

Crawdad Wranglers Trio perform at Bulfinches restaurant  in Sudbury, Massachusetts

Ryan Thomson leads the Crawdad Wranglers trio in Sudbury, Massachusetts

Ryan Thomson and the Crawdad Wranglers perform at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair

Ryan Thomson and the Crawdad Wranglers at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair

Boogaloo Swamis band photo, from left - Captain Fiddle(Ryan Thomson), Jivin’ Jeanne Boyer, Micky Bones, Joe Pete, Rockin’ Ralph Tufo.

Boogaloo Swamis band photo, from left - Captain Fiddle(Ryan Thomson), Jivin’ Jeanne Boyer, 

Micky Bones, Joe Pete, Rockin’ Ralph Tufo.

Fiddling Thomsons at Bella Rose, Saint Patrick’s Day

Fiddling Thomsons at Bella Rose, 

Saint Patrick’s Day

Boston Rovers and family members prepare to depart on tour to Beijing, China,  Ryan and Brennish on bottom right.

Boston Rovers and family members prepare to depart on tour to Beijing, China, 

Ryan and Brennish on bottom right.

Ryan Thomson presents a paper at the American Psychological Association 87th Annual Meeting, and registers as his performing ensemble - Last Chance String Band

Ryan Thomson presents a paper at the American Psychological Association’s  87th Annual Meeting,

and registers as his performing ensemble - 

Last Chance String Band

Ryan and Brennish Thomson prepare to perform  at the  American Independence Museum,  Exeter, New Hampshire

Ryan and Brennish Thomson prepare to perform  at the American Independence Museum, 

Exeter, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson waves to the camera, on Morris tour, Belmullet, Ireland

Ryan Thomson, a fiddler on a Morris tour to Ireland, waves to the camera as 

his band mates head back up a hill, in Bemullet, Ireland.

Celia Faux, Stella Faux, and Brennish Thomson, perform at the Appalachian String Band Festival, Clifftop, West Virginia, winning First Place in the Youth Division

Celia Faux, Stella Faux, and Brennish Thomson, perform at the 

Appalachian String Band Festival, 

Clifftop, West Virginia, winning First Place in the Youth Division, August 1, 2014

Chicken Cheek Tweakers, old time string band,  Dave Brown, Pamela Ostergren, Ryan Thomson, San Diego, California

Chicken Cheek Tweakers, old time string band,  

Dave Brown,  Pamela Ostergren, Ryan Thomson, 

San Diego, California, 1975

Boston Rovers with Fiddling Thomsons, performing at Fenway Stadium, Boston

Boston Rovers with Fiddling Thomsons, 

performing at Fenway Stadium, Boston

Ryan and Brennish Thomson perform at Folk College, Juanita, Pennsylvania

Ryan and Brennish Thomson perform at 

a Folk College concert  in Juniata, Pennsylvania

Ryan Thomson fiddles at Franklin Pierce College, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson fiddles at Franklin Pierce College Fiddle Festival

Fiddling Thomsons with Jolly Rogues, perform at Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts

Fiddling Thomsons with Jolly Rogues, perform at Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts

Hip Lip City band, John, Ryan, and Joanne pose for a picture, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Hip Lip City band, John, Ryan, and Joanne 

pose for a picture, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Crawdad Wranglers cajun band perform at the La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival,  Maine

Crawdad Wranglers cajun band perform at the 

La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival,  Maine

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, perform at the New Hampshire Children’s Museum mardigras

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, perform at New Hampshire Children’s Museum Mardi Gras

in Dover, New Hampshire

Ryan and Brennish Thomson visit a musical instrument store in Beijing, China

Ryan and Brennish Thomson visit a musical instrument store in Beijing, China

Squeezebox Stompers pictured at Essex Festival, Massachusetts, Brennish and Ryan on right

Stompers at the Essex Music Festival, on right -Brennish with rub board, and Ryan with fiddle

Ryan Thomson running the Captain Fiddle Booth at the New England Folk Festival

Ryan Thomson running the Captain Fiddle Booth at the New England Folk Festival

Ryan Thomson running the Captain Fiddle Booth at the New England Folk Festival

Ryan Thomson running the Captain Fiddle Booth 

at the New England Folk Festival

Ryan Thomson leads Crawdad Wranglers at a Mardigras Dance

Ryan Thomson leads the

Crawdad Wranglers at a Mardigras Dance

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, at their home in Newmarket, New Hampshire

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, at their home in Newmarket, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson fiddles at a Comhaltas session in a pub in Rossport, Ireland,  along with a band mate from their Morris tour

Ryan Thomson fiddles at a Comhaltas session in a pub in Rossport, Ireland, 

along with a band mate from their Morris band’s tour

Boston Rovers with the Fiddling Thomsons, perform in Beijing, China

Boston Rovers with the Fiddling Thomsons, perform in Beijing, China

Ryan Thomson performs on accordion in Greenwich, Connecticut

Ryan Thomson performs on accordion 

in Greenwich, Connecticut

Ryan Thomson runs the Captain Fiddle booth at the New England For Festival, Mansfield, Massachusetts

Ryan Thomson runs the Captain Fiddle booth 

at the New England Folk Festival, Mansfield, Massachusetts

Ryan Thomson performs on electric violin in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson performs on electric violin 

backed up by David Surette, in Prescott Park, 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1989

Ryan Thomson posing with his Vox electric guitar

Ryan Thomson posing with his Vox electric guitar

Ryan Thomson, leader of the Swing Pirates band, photo taken in New Castle, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson, leader of the Swing Pirates band,

 Newcastle, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson playing accordion, Paul Mansion on rub board, Rochester, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson playing accordion, Paul Mangion on rub board, 

Octoberfest, Rochester, New Hampshire

Captain Fiddle (Ryan Thomson) Newmarket, New Hampshire

Captain Fiddle (Ryan Thomson) Newmarket, 

New Hampshire, 1977

Ryan Thomson fiddling, Ralph Tufo on accordion, Boogaloo Swamis band

Ryan Thomson fiddling, Ralph Tufo 

on accordion, Boogaloo Swamis band

Ryan Thomson fiddling, along with Beverly Woods and Shan Aisenburg,  Holderness Contra Dance, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson fiddling, along with 

Beverly Woods and Shana Aisenberg, 

Holderness Contra Dance, New Hampshire

Captain Fiddle(Ryan Thomson) posed with his fiddle, Newmarket, New Hampshire

Captain Fiddle(Ryan Thomson) Newmarket, 

New Hampshire

Sam, Ryan, and Norman, Seventh Peak band, Newmarket, New Hampshire

Sam, Ryan, and Norman, Seventh Peak band, Newmarket, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson, in Scottish clan colors, performs with the New Hampshire Strathspey and Reel Society

Ryan Thomson, in Scottish clan colors, performs with 

the New Hampshire Strathspey and Reel Society

Steve Brown plays the bones while Ryan Thomson fiddles.

Ryan Thomson fiddles while All-Ireland bones champion Steve Brown accompanies him

Smoke and Mirrors Contra Dance band,  Steve Cushing - fiddle, Damaris Rohsenow - hammered dulcimer, Ryan Thomson - keyboard

Smoke and Mirrors Contra Dance band, 2002,

Steve Cushing - fiddle, Damaris Rohsenow - hammered dulcimer, Ryan Thomson - keyboard

Squeezebox Stompers stomping on their squeezeboxes, Larry, Ryan, and Ralph

Squeezebox Stompers preparing to stomp 

on their squeezeboxes, Larry, Ryan, and Ralph

Squeezebox Stompers performing at North Shore Community College - Ryan, Ralph, and Larry,  up front

Squeezebox Stompers performing at 

North Shore Community College, up front - 

Ryan, Ralph, and Larry

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, performing at Durham Public Library, New Hampshire

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, performing 

at Durham Public Library, 

New Hampshire

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, performing at Deerfield Fair, New Hampshire

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, performing in the 

NH Farm Museum building at the Deerfield Fair, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson, Frank Bane, and Paul Mangion playing in Traidisiunta na h’Eireann band for set dancing, at the Irish Festival, Canton, Massachusetts

Ryan Thomson, Frank Bane, and Paul Mangion playing in 

Traidisiunta na h’Eireann band for set dancing, at the Irish Festival, 

Canton, Massachusetts

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, perform a processional for a wedding in Massachusetts

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, perform a processional for a wedding in Massachusetts

Contra Dance, Damaris - keyboard, Ryan and Brennish Thomson - fiddles, and Don calling.

Contra Dance, Damaris - keyboard, Ryan and Brennish Thomson - fiddles, and Don calling.

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, taking a break at a mardigras cajun gig

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, 

taking a break at a Mardi Gras cajun gig

Ryan Thomson in Weiser, Idaho, holding his trophy from the National Fiddle Contest,  The Northeast USA Blaine Stubblefield award

Ryan Thomson in Weiser, Idaho, holding his trophy from the National Fiddle Contest, 

the Northeast USA Blaine Stubblefield award

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, performing at a festival in Haverhill, Massachussetts

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, performing at a wedding in 

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Captain Fiddle (Ryan Thomson) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Captain Fiddle, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson calling a dance SAMW Music Camp, Geneva Point, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson calling a dance at the SAMW music camp, Geneva Point, New Hampshire

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, at a humorous moment during their performance at Acadia Trad School, Bar Harbor, Maine

Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish, performing at Acadia Trad School, 

Bar Harbor, Maine

Ryan Thomson at a funny moment during a concert at Wood Day, Canterbury, New Hampshire

Ryan Thomson at a funny moment during a concert at Wood Day, 

Canterbury, New Hampshire

Brennish Thomson, about to fiddle inside of the Bear Cage, at Clark’s Bears, Lincoln, New Hampshire

Brennish Thomson, about to play his fiddle inside of the Bear Cage, at Clark’s Bears, 

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Brennish Thomson fiddling a barn dance with Dudley Laufman calling, New Hampshire

Brennish Thomson fiddling a barn dance with Dudley Laufman calling, 

in New Hampshire. Ryan Thomson, keyboard player, took this picture.

Brennish Thomson fiddling a barn dance with caller Dudley Laufman, in Massachusetts

Brennish Thomson fiddling a barn dance with caller Dudley Laufman, 

while Brennish’s dad Ryan plays keyboard, in Massachusetts


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