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Background information
Birth nameThomas Bartlett
Born (1981-10-13) October 13, 1981 (age 37)
Brattleboro, Vermont
Occupation(s)Singer, pianist and producer
Associated actsSam Amidon, The National, Antony and the Johnsons, Martha Wainwright, Glen Hansard, Elysian Fields

Thomas Bartlett (born October 13, 1981), also known as Doveman, is an American singer, pianist and producer. He has worked with Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, The National, Sam Amidon, Rhye, St. Vincent, Nico Muhly, The Gloaming, Martha Wainwright and many more.


Born in Vermont, Bartlett studied piano in London with Maria Curcio[1] before moving to New York City. As a teenager, he and lifelong collaborator Sam Amidon formed the folk music band Popcorn Behavior (later known as Assembly), and released three albums.[citation needed]

Upon moving to New York in 2001, Bartlett soon began performing with Chocolate Genius and Elysian Fields, and also worked as's music critic, writing first a weekly "Wednesday Morning Download", and later the daily "Audiofile" feature.[2] In recent years, Bartlett has performed and toured extensively with artists like The National, Antony and the Johnsons, The Gloaming, Martha Wainwright, Glen Hansard (in both The Frames and The Swell Season) and Bebel Gilberto.[3]

The first Doveman record, "The Acrobat", 2005, was produced by Patrick Dillett, one of Bartlett's most frequent collaborators.[citation needed] It was followed in 2007 by "With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead", again produced by Dillett, and released by Brassland Records.[citation needed] In 2008 Bartlett released a self-recorded solo re-imagining of the entire Footloose soundtrack.[citation needed] 2009's "The Conformist", again produced by Dillett, featured members of frequent Doveman collaborators The National, as well as backing vocals by Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, Martha Wainwright, and Dawn Landes.[citation needed]

Production Discography

Year Artist Album Notes
2007 Sam Amidon But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted producer, engineer, mixer
2011 Justin Vivian Bond Dendrophile producer
2012 Glen Hansard Rhythm and Repose producer
2012 Julia Stone By the Horns co-producer w/ Patrick Dillett
2012 Hannah Cohen Child Bride producer
2012 Justin Vivian Bond Silver Wells producer
2013 Trixie Whitley Fourth Corner producer
2013 Bell X1 Chop Chop co-producer w/ Peter Katis
2013 Sam Amidon Bright Sunny South co-producer w/ Jerry Boys
2014 The Gloaming The Gloaming producer
2014 Anna Calvi Strange Weather producer
2014 Dawn Landes Bluebird producer
2015 Hannah Cohen Pleasure Boy producer
2015 Glen Hansard Didn't He Ramble co-producer w/ Dave Odlum
2015 Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell producer, mixer
2015 The Gloaming 2 producer
2016 Martha Wainwright Goodnight City co-producer w/ Brad Albetta
2016 Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir addition production
2017 Chris Thile Thanks For Listening producer
2017 Adrian Crowley Dark Eyed Messenger producer, engineer, mixer
2017 Sufjan Stevens Call Me By Your Name soundtrack producer, engineer, mixer "Mystery of Love", "Visions of Gideon", "Futile Devices (Doveman remix)
2017 Sufjan Stevens "Exploding Whale (Doveman remix)" producer
2018 Yoko Ono Warzone co-producer w/ Yoko Ono, engineer
2018 Olivia Chaney Shelter producer, engineer
2018 Joan As Policewoman Damned Devotion co-producer w/ Joan Wasser and Parker Kindred
2018 Mandy Patinkin Diary: January 27, 2018 producer, engineer, mixer
2018 Rhye Blood producer & co-writer, "Please" and "Softly"
2018 St. Vincent Masseducation producer
2018 The Gloaming Live at NCH producer
2018 Rufus Wainwright The Sword of Damocles (single) producer
2018 Norah Jones My Heart is Full (single) producer, engineer, co-writer
2018 Teitur I Want To Be Kind producer, engineer
2018 Sufjan Stevens "Lonely Man of Winter (Doveman Mix)" producer
2019 Henry Jamison Gloria Duplex producer, engineer
2019 Angelo De Augustine Tomb producer, engineer, mixer

Performer Discography

Year Artist Album Notes
2005 Elysian Fields Bum Raps and Love Taps piano, wurlitzer
2006 Miho Hatori Ecdysis accordion, piano, organ, keyboards
2007 Stars Like Fleas The Ken Burns Effect piano, prepared piano
2007 The National Boxer keyboards
2009 Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light piano
2009 Elysian Fields The Afterlife piano, keyboards
2009 The Swell Season Strict Joy keyboards
2009 Martha Wainwright Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, a Paris piano
2009 Bebel Gilberto All in One piano, fender rhodes, rhodes bass
2010 Chocolate Genius Swansongs vocals
2010 Antony and the Johnsons Swanlights piano
2010 The National High Violet piano, keyboards
2010 David Byrne/Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love clavichord, clarinet, organ, piano, wurlitzer
2011 Mike Doughty Yes and Also Yes piano, organ, clavinet
2011 The Poison Tree The Poison Tree organ, piano, wurlitzer
2011 Julia Stone The Memory Machine fender rhodes, piano, vocals
2011 Marisa Monte O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade fender rhodes, piano, keyboards
2011 Elysian Fields Last Night on Earth piano
2011 Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean piano, fender rhodes, wurlitzer, organ
2011 My Brightest Diamond All Things Will Unwind fender rhodes
2011 Elysian Fields Last Night on Earth piano, keyboards
2012 Trey Anastasio Traveler keyboards
2012 Sharon Van Etten Tramp fender rhodes, piano, organ
2012 Rufus Wainwright Out of the Game fender rhodes, organ, piano, synthesizer
2012 Antony and the Johnsons Cut the World piano
2012 Martha Wainwright Come Home to Mama keyboards, piano
2013 The National Trouble Will Find Me piano, keyboards
2013 Yoko Ono Take Me to the Land of Hell piano
2013 Various Artists Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle music director, piano
2013 Joshua Bell Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends piano
2014 Antony and the Johnsons Turning piano
2014 Luluc Passerby piano
2014 The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Midnight Sun wurlitzer
2014 Angus & Julia Stone Angus & Julia Stone fender rhodes, mellotron, organ, piano, pump organ, synthesizer
2014 Elysian Fields For House Cats and Sea Fans piano, keyboards
2015 Emile Haynie We Fall piano, composer
2015 The Lone Bellow Then Came the Morning fender rhodes, organ, piano
2015 Little May For the Company keyboards, piano
2015 This Is the Kit Bashed Out piano, accordion, keyboards
2015 Delta Rae After It All keyboards
2016 Alicia Keys "That Would Be Enough" from the Hamilton Mixtape synthesizer
2016 The Wainwright Sisters Songs in the Dark piano
2016 Trixie Whitley Porta Bohemica rhodes bass, keyboards
2016 Frightened Rabbit Painting of a Panic Attack fender rhodes, keyboards, organ
2016 Little Scream Cult Following keyboards, piano
2016 Lisa Hannigan At Swim fender rhodes
2016 Blind Pilot And Then Like Lions mellotron, piano, wurlitzer
2017 St. Vincent Masseduction keyboards, piano
2017 Father John Misty Pure Comedy piano
2017 Ed Sheeran ÷ piano, keyboards
2017 The Wild Reeds The World We Built keyboards
2017 Sannhet So Numb keyboards
2017 Angus & Julia Stone Snow keyboards, programming
2017 The National Sleep Well Beast keyboards
2017 Bryce Dessner/James McAlister/Nico Muhly/Sufjan Stevens Planetarium piano, mellotron, engineer
2018 Florence + the Machine High as Hope keyboards, co-writer, co-producer
2018 Elysian Fields Pink Air mixer, piano, keyboards
2018 Glen Hansard Between Two Shores piano
2018 David Byrne American Utopia mellotron, piano
2018 My Brightest Diamond A Million and One synthesizer
2018 Eminem Revival keyboards, co-writer

Burgundy Stain sessions[edit]

In January 2011, Bartlett, as Doveman, began a monthly salon style performance series at West Village club (Le) Poisson Rouge, called the Burgundy Stain Sessions, inviting Bartlett's friends to join him and the band on stage. Over the course of the year, performers included Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Sara Quin, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Elysian Fields, Chocolate Genius, Julia Stone, Chris Thile, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Lisa Hannigan, St. Vincent, and many others.[4][5]

In October 2011, Bartlett music-directed, and co-curated with Hansard, a two night evening at (Le) Poisson Rouge, inspired by the Burgundy Stain Sessions, and celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Other Voices, an Irish music TV show. Performers included Laurie Anderson, Damien Rice, Bell X1 (band), The Lost Brothers, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner, Gabriel Byrne, Paul Muldoon, Colum McCann, and others.[6]

On October 11, 2012, NPR began a week-long broadcast series devoted to special performances that were captured at The Burgundy Stain Sessions.[7]

On March 5, 2013, the first International Burgundy Stain Session took place at the Adelaide Festival in Australia. On December 14, 2014, Bartlett brought the Sessions to the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland with a line up consisting of Anna Calvi, Glen Hansard, Paul Noonan, Conor O'Brien and Lisa O'Neill.

Music Director and curator[edit]

Bartlett occasionally performed with Lou Reed, and was the music director for a 2016 show of Reed's love songs at Lincoln Center, featuring Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson, Anohni, Mark Kozelek, David Johansen, and many more.

He has directed and co-curated two gala benefit concerts for St Ann's Warehouse, one featuring Lou Reed, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, Sam Amidon, and Karen O, the other with Alan Cumming, Glen Hansard, My Brightest Diamond, and Sting.

In 2015 he curated and directed a performance of musical interpretations of W.B. Yeats' work at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, featuring Anna Calvi, Justin Vivian Bond, Robert Forster, and more.

Also at the National Concert Hall, he and Sam Amidon co-directed a tribute to Pete Seeger (who they had known and played with as teenagers).

Film work[edit]

Bartlett composed and performed "The Hunter and the Hunted" for Volker Schlondorff's film Return from Montauk. He also produced and mixed 3 songs with Sufjan Stevens for Luca Guadagnino's film Call Me by Your Name (2017), including "Mystery of Love" which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2018.

Thomas Bartlett also played on and co-wrote "Wish That You Were Here" with Florence and the Machine for Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

Bartlett, working with Joan As Policewoman, wrote the score for the film Permission, starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens.

In February 2012, the Museum of Modern Art premiered a new collaboration between Doveman and filmmaker Tom Kalin, with Kalin's images set to songs from "The Conformist". The full piece, titled "My Silent One", was premiered in July 2014 at Outfest in Los Angeles.

Bartlett composed and performed the score, and acted as music supervisor, for the 2014 film Trouble Dolls, starring and co-directed by Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger. He also composed the music for Matthu Placek's short film A Portrait of Marina Abramovic.

The Gloaming[edit]

In 2011, a new band called The Gloaming was formed, featuring Bartlett, Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, and Dennis Cahill. They debuted in Dublin at the National Concert Hall. The Gloaming's self-titled debut album, produced by Bartlett, was released in 2014 on Real World Records and Brassland, to wide critical acclaim.[8] The album won the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year.[9] The band's second record was also produced by Bartlett.

Other collaborations[edit]

In 2008, Bartlett, Sam Amidon, and Nico Muhly, all native Vermonters, embarked on the "802 Tour", performing a melange of each other's songs and compositions.[10] Muhly and Bartlett continued collaborating, eventually forming a group called Peter Pears, after the great English tenor, and will be releasing a record of their songs together in 2018.

In 2011, Bartlett and Patrick Dillett made a remix of Tegan and Sara's "Alligator", featuring a guest vocal by Amidon.


  1. ^ End of year post (required) « justlikeanyone says: (2011-12-31). "How Thomas Bartlett, Doveman Keeps Busy | Brooklyn (The Borough)". Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  2. ^ Walsh, Joan. "Goodbye to Audiofile – Joan Walsh". Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  3. ^ Swanson, Carl (2010-02-28). "Why Musician Doveman Is Coming Out of His Shell – New York Magazine". Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (2011-01-16). "Doveman and Friends Make Le Poisson Rouge a Salon". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Fusilli, Jim (2011-03-15). "Doveman at (Le) Poisson Rouge: New Feathers in His Cap -". Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  6. ^ Carr, David (2011-11-01). "Glen Hansard, Colum McCann and Others From Ireland". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Bartlett, Thomas. "World Cafe Presents: The Burgundy Stain Sessions". NPR Music. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  8. ^ "The dawn of the Gloaming". The Irish Times. 2011-08-18.
  9. ^ Kelly, Aoife (5 March 2015). "The Gloaming win coveted Meteor Choice Music Prize Album of the Year, The Script bag Song of the Year". Irish Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  10. ^ Smith, Steve (2009-09-12). "Chamber, Indie Rock and Much in Between". The New York Times.

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