Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with unsigned singer Thompson Crowley find out more...
Where are you from?
My name is Thompson Crowley. I'm from all over Britain really. I was born in Buckinghamshire, grew up in Lincolnshire, after I left school I lived in Edinburgh, and then ever since adulthood I have travelled the entirety of the island in campervans, on bicycles, on foot, etc.
How did you first get into music?
I first got into music through my elder brothers. They both had a band, and good tastes in music, so I eventually followed them, learning guitar myself, and then starting my own various projects. I began as a busker in my late teens, then went on to play gigs, by myself and in bands I had started.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I have always been influenced by the 60's; all aspects of both the music and its surrounding culture. It was The Beatles and Bob Dylan for a start, and then The Doors and Bowie. This continued with 90's bands like Oasis and Blur, and then later with The Libertines. Nowadays I listen to a lot of old Jazz, like: Louie Armstrong & Sun Ra; and also South American music, like: El Principe & Sumo (my Uruguayan wife has an endless supply of suggestions!).
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as Indie-Folk, to give it a kind of general labelling. But within it you can find many different shades of folk, for example jazz-folk, folk-rock, and even dub-folk, on one song. I like many different styles, and also enjoy experimenting with songwriting; but it's always some kind of folk I guess, my singing and acoustic guitar always being prominent.
What’s your local music scene like?
My local music scene (or my most recent local music scene) is Edinburgh, which I would say is great. It's more humble than in bigger cities like London, there is a great sense of community between the musicians. There are also tons of small venues for acoustic performers, like myself. But if you've got a full band you'll probably fare better in Glasgow.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
My next 12 months are going to be rather busy. I'm heading over to Australia in February, which is taking some organising. And I'll also have an EP released sometime soon after that. It features 5 songs which I recorded up in the Scottish highlands with Glasgow-based producer INSTRUo. It's a nice selection of folk-pop, folk-rock, and my favourite track (In Tongues), the dub-folk one.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
The only person that right now I can think that I'd like to collaborate with, other than the musicians that I usually work with, is my old pal Luke Morgan, who I started London-based band 'The Rum Deals' with. I hope one day to get the project going again, if only for an album or two.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I have many funny stories relating to my performances, or rather to my lifestyle which surrounds the performances. Due to my unconventional methods of transport and accommodation, I'd always end up in some bush somewhere, or the back of some pub, or some alleyway. But if you want hear about my scrapes then you'll have to check out my book 'At Home in the Bushes'.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I've had issues with building any kind of firm fanbase over the years, due to my always moving around so much. I'd start a band, get out gigging, only to finish things a year later when I got fed up and moved on. But now I have found some kind of base online. If you're interested in hearing more from me there are plenty of places to check out my music. My website: www.thompsoncrowley.co.uk features many of my demos, as well as projects with bands I've started; and I also upload blog posts on it every Thursday, featuring some of my thoughts on songwriting, travel, and the changing music industry. Alternatively you can find me at: