Alan Thomson (musician)

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Alan Thomson
Alan playing live
Background information
Birth name Alan Thomson
Born (1960-05-03) 3 May 1960 (age 54)
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Rock, folk, jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, fretless bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, mandolin
Associated acts John Martyn, John Jorgenson, Jacqui McShee

Alan Thomson (born 3 May 1960, Glasgow) is a Scottish bassist and vocalist with many acts including the late John Martyn.


Starting out playing guitar for The Arthur Trout Band (1976–1980), he then switched to fretless bass guitar and was invited to work with John Martyn,[1] Alan toured and recorded with John until Martyn's death in 2009.

Thomson also played keyboards with the Scottish band Strangeways (1984–1986). Other collaborations in the 1980s included touring with Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and recording with The Mighty Wah.

While working with Yahama, a meeting with Jerry Donaghue (Hellecasters, Fairport Convention) led to Thomson joining the Backroom Boys along with Doug Morter and a subsequent invite to join the Hellecasters in 1987, and then to touring with John Jorgenson's Electric Band[2] (1997 – present). In 1998, an offshoot from The Backroom Boys gave birth to Then Came The Wheel,[3] which continues to tour UK, Scandinavia and Ireland.

He has toured with Canadian guitarist Amos Garrett, backed US guitar player Brent Mason, plus Hank Marvin and made several tours of Europe with Long John Baldry. He has recorded with Dick Gaughan, Sally Barker, Maggie Reilly, Nigel H Seymour, Shonu Das and Frank O'Hagan.

Thomson has also worked with Denny Laine[4] (2008–2009), toured and recorded with Rick Wakeman in both duo and band formats from 1989–2004, recorded and toured with Julia Fordham, Carol Decker, and guitarist Andy Summers, and has songwriting credits with Robert Palmer, John Martyn, Sally Barker, Rev Doc and The Congregation, The Backroom Boys and Then Came The Wheel.

He currently tours and records with Jacqui McShee's Pentangle (since 1997), John Jorgenson's Electric Band, Rev Doc and The Congregation and Then Came The Wheel.


  1. ^ Introduction. John Martyn. Retrieved on 2010-11-28.
  2. ^ John Jorgenson. Retrieved on 2010-11-28.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Routes Music – Denny Laine. Retrieved on 2010-11-28.