Simon (concertina) and Dave (piano) first met in the late 1990s whilst playing on a tour of Germany with the band Seannachie. It was clear that their playing complemented each other’s styles and they decided to make an album together. The CD “The Big Day In” was launched at Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours festival in October 2001. Since then they have played all over the UK, Europe, Canada & Australia, and have released a second album “Third Flight Home”.
An acknowledged concertina virtuoso, Simon Thoumire has dazzled audiences with his playing all over his native country, Europe and the North America. A winner of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1989, he has gone on to perform on television and radio. A musician always keen to explore different genres, Simon has released many records over the years including 2 Simon Thoumire Orchestra CDs delving into jazz, folk and composition. Simon also wrote “Ceilidh”, a piece to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Yehudi Menuin’s Live Music Now! which was performed at The Barbican, London for HRH Prince Charles. Simon also set up ‘Hands Up for Trad’, the organisation responsible for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award and the Scots Trad Music Awards. He is also a director of Foot Stompin’ Records.
“This guy can REALLY fly on the concertina and yet never gives the impression that he’s rushing or doing anything other than exactly what he wants to.” www.concertina.net