Thomasina Winslow

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Thomasina Winslow
Also known as Sina Winslow, Thomasina, Tunes
Genres Blues, Soul, R & B, Gospel, Funk, Folk, African American music
Instruments Singer, guitar, electric bass
Years active 1969 to present
Labels Biograph
Associated acts Tom Winslow, The Winslows, Two Story Tuesday, Bojembe, Nick Katzman
Notable instruments
Piece of Ash electric guitar

Thomasina Winslow is an American blues musician from the Albany, New York area, and the daughter of folk musician Tom Winslow. As a toddler, she sang back-up on her father's folk music classic Hey Looka Yonder (It's The Clearwater); also singing a solo version of One-Two-Three, another version of which she produced on her own 30 years later. In addition to her solo career, Winslow has been a member of four bands, including a duo with Nick Katzman. Furthermore, she has been a teacher in that genre of music, and has significantly influenced other aspiring musicians. Winslow primarily performs covers of Blues standards and has written a number of blues and gospel tunes in her own right. She is also one of a handful of African-American women producers in the "indy" music industry today.

While she has been teaching a full load of school and private students for over a decade, her primary notability has been from touring in the eastern United States and Europe with Nick Katzman, starting in 2006.

Winslow continues to tour on and off. On May 6, 2011, she again played with Nick Katzman at Katzman's "favorite U.S. venue," The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor (GCMP), located in Brooklyn, New York. This marks the third time that the famed coffee house has hosted Winslow. She took another tour of Europe in the summer of 2011, marking her French debut.


Early life[edit]

Thomasina Winslow grew up in New Baltimore, New York, south of Albany. Something of a child prodigy, she was nicknamed "Tunes" by her brother.[1] She first performed on her father's album Tom Winslow,[2] singing 1-2-3 (One-Two-Three) as a toddler.[3][4] She also sang back-up that year on the folk music classic Hey Looka Yonder (It's the Clear Water) (It's the Clearwater), about the Sloop Clearwater.[5][6] As part of her family's group, The Winslows, she toured throughout the folk music festival circuit, including The Great Hudson River Revival.[7][8]


Winslow attended Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools.[citation needed] She received her A.A. in Performing Arts from Schenectady County Community College and her B.A. in Music Performance from the University at Albany, where she majored in Classical Guitar.[7] [9] where she administers the "Expressive Arts" program.[10] She was quoted as saying "Teenagers have a lot to express, especially children-at-risk. But they haven't always been directed as to how to do that. We try to help them." [10][11] Funding for this program was a Youth Advancement Through Music and Art (YATMA) grant.[11][12][13] YATMA, since 2006 called Educational Mentoring Through the Arts & Humanities (EMTAH),[14] "incorporates strength-based mentoring with progressive fine arts instruction, taps into and develops student potential by promoting creativity and providing early success. Stimulated by their progress, students learn to apply their new skills to other areas of their lives." [15] EMTAH was reviewed in December 2006 at WGBH's Open Source with Christopher Lydon, before the show's cancellation in July 2007.[16]

This program has won kudos in the community:

This is an innovative approach to reaching our community’s children who are most at risk for educational and behavioral problems. Between the mentoring quality of the teacher-student relationship and the freedom of expression allowed the students, this approach provides youth with the support and encouragement necessary to make them productive, independent members of our community.

— Judith N. Lyons, Executive Director of The Community Foundation for the Capital Region, quoted at

In addition to the Expressive Arts award, she has won numerous other grants, including a New York State Education Department grant.[7]

Solo tours[edit]

Winter 2007 to Spring 2008 tour[edit]

Winslow made a short Upstate New York solo tour during December 2007 and early 2008. She had her first headlining show at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs,[17][18] in addition to featured guest spots on WRPI in Troy, New York and WAMC in Albany, New York, as well as a gigs at the Java Jazz Cafe on January 3, 2008,[19] in Delmar, New York.[18]

In March 2007, she was featured in Caffe Lena's "3rd Annual Blues Fest" alongside Mark Tolstrup and Beaucoup Blue.[18][20] In May 2008, Winslow returned to Java Jazz for a second show.[18][21]

Summer 2008[edit]

In the Summer of 2008, Winslow played gigs further out in Upstate New York, including three gigs each at Colonie Center and the Barnsider BBQ Restaurant in Lake George.[18]

WRPI live show[edit]

On December 8, 2008, Winslow performed a one-hour live show on WRPI, the college radio station of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for its "Stormy Monday Blues" show.[18][22]

2009 Tour[edit]

Winslow had a significant tour in Spring 2009.[23] This included a performance at Marietta, Ohio's River City Blues Festival in March 2009,[23][24] a show in Easton, New York, blues festivals in Denmark and Germany, and return shows at Caffe Lena and the Good Coffeehouse with Nick Katzman.[23]

2012 Tour[edit]

Winslow made her Australia debut at the Cairns Blues Festival on May 12, 2012.[25][26]


Winslow performed at the 2014 Clearwater Festival.[27]


Winslow was a guitarist, co-lead singer, and musician in the R & B band Bojembe. The other members were John Zumbo, Sean Mack, and Terry Plunkett. They produced one album in 2005–2006 before the band became inactive, but is still sold online.[28] Most of the songs from the CD can be purchased in MP3 format.[29] Bojembe's most recent public gig was at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy, New York, for which a blogger wrote that "Winslow's roots are in the deep folk-blues tradition, (while) her work with Bojembe leans toward a decidedly funky groove with a world music spin." [30]

Management and production[edit]

As a business woman, Winslow manages and produces music for herself and other artists in a variety of music. She is one of the few African-American woman today producing records for indie artists, including herself.

She is the owner of a production company, Winslow Productions.[31] As part of her production work, Winslow also mentors up-and-coming performing artists.[32]

Winslow was, for a while, an artistic agent.[33] She has also collaborated with a local visual artist, Kim Morris, for a concert and art show.[21]

Winslow's music is sold on [34] and other online sales web sites, such as CDBaby. Due to the nature of the Blues market today, as a musical tradition outside the mass market, Winslow's albums have not "charted". In fact, sales of music she has performed or produced has sold more outside the United States. This has been especially in England and Germany,[35] where she has performed with Nick Katzman, as well as in Poland,[36] Denmark,[37] and Latin America.[38]

Interestingly, Winslow figured out that music downloads, such as MP3, could actually increase her sales, especially overseas; such a file sharing business model has been documented by Harvard University researchers,[39] as well as in Wikinomics, whose authors call "MP3 b-web."[40]

Collaboration with Nick Katzman[edit]

One of Winslow's most fruitful and notable collaborations has been with Bluesman Nick Katzman. As related in that article, Katzman has mentored a number of younger Blues artists, including Winslow, taking her "under his wing." The duo has performed recently from Brooklyn, New York to Stamford, England and Berlin, Germany.

2006–2007 Brooklyn gigs[edit]

In April 2006, Katzman was slated to perform at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor in Brooklyn, his favored venue in "the States".[41] He had previously performed with Ruby Green (Terry Garthwaite),[42] and had recorded Sparking Ragtime & Hardbitten Blues, a now-classic LP, with Green, since released as a CD,[43] so their fans expected they would perform again together.[44] Instead, Winslow substituted for Green; in Katzman's own words:

I was getting my e-mail and was about to zap what I thought was ... spam.... I decided to open it anyway and it turned out to be a letter from a singer/guitarist named Thomasina Winslow who said she was covering tunes from my Kicking Mule LPs on her new CD. Now, mind you, this is NOT an everyday occurrence for me, so I went immediately to CDbaby and listened to her recording. She had a version of "I'm Goin' Away" where she played guitar at least as well as I did and sang wonderfully. I was of course flattered that someone was so involved with my music and very impressed with how well she handled the material. It turns out that she is the daughter of a Gary Davis disciple named Tom Winslow and apparently she grew up around the Davis' scene and was pretty much brought up in a folk-blues household.

She said that I was a primary musical influence for her, so I've asked her to come and do a guest appearance at the gig, and she said she'd come all the way down from Albany to do it, so it looks like we'll be hosting Thomasina Winslow on that night, too. I'm not sure how much exposure she's had or even how much she's done professionally. The idea of my music somehow finding its way back to young black musicians is very exciting for me.
I'll be meeting her for the first time at the gig, so it should be an

interesting night.
— email from Nick Katzman, quoted at IGS Guitar Forum blog of April 2006

Fans of Katzman were once again on notice about a second show in April 2007.[45][46] A fan posted a review on his blog that it was a "Great show! Nick and his cohorts were wonderful!"

2007 tour with Katzman[edit]

Winslow flew out to Germany to tour with Katzman in the summer of 2007, when they performed a few gigs in Berlin, Germany and recorded music videos.[47]

The duo played at the Stamford Arts Centre Blues and Folk Festival, and were the second-billed act for "Guitar Day" ("8.30pm Nick Katzman & Thomasina Winslow 10.00pm Jeff Lang").[48][49] It was favorably reviewed in Monty's Music News, an on-line Music newsletter, as a "great evening Concert in The Ballroom." [50] Blogger Ginger Mayerson called their performances "cute" and "Oh, I just love these trips down memory lane, don’t you?", adding "I like the way this singer, Thomasina Winslow, sings."[51]

2008 work with Katzman[edit]

In April 2008, Winslow and Katzman recorded a song for a future CD.[citation needed] They also performed together again at the Good Coffeehouse in Brooklyn on April 25, 2008.[18][52]

They received the "Artist of the Day" from the website, which celebrates "Independent artists", on October 1, 2008.[53]

2009 tour[edit]

Winslow and Katzman toured both America and Europe in mid-2009. They had a gigs in Brooklyn, Saratoga Springs,[54] and Easton, New York from April to May 2009. They performed at the Mississippi Blues Nacht Festival in Köpenick, Germany on July 18 and 19, 2009.

2010 tour[edit]

Katzman and Winslow took a short tour of Germany and Denmark in July and August 2010. They performed in Bad Sobernheim and Skarrild, Denmark at the Danish Folk, Blues, and Ragtime Guitar Festival.[55] She also performed a solo gig in Frankfurt, Germany.

2011 tour[edit]

On Friday, May 6, 2011, Winslow once again played with Nick Katzman at Katzman's "favorite U.S. venue," The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor (GCMP). This marked the fourth time that the Good Coffeehouse has hosted Katzman, and the third time for Winslow. The GCMP is housed in a 1900 Gothic Revival mansion's "great room"—noted for excellent line of sight and superb acoustics.[citation needed]

Other collaborations[edit]

Winslow recorded a music video with Marco Haber of Mudfunk in December 2007, covering Fly Like An Eagle.[56] She performed in the Old Songs Sampler Concert in Voorheesville, New York in January 2010.[57] She appeared as a part of a group of female musicians at a Caffe Lena show called Ladies Sing the Blues in February 2010.[58]


  • Bojembe
  • Essential Tunes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Polish musical Web site
  2. ^ Biograph Records, catalog no. u/k (1969)
  3. ^ Groupie Tunes web site
  4. ^ Official web site
  5. ^ Folk Music Performer Index web page for Wilm to Wir
  6. ^ Winslow, Tom / It's the Clear Water, Biograph Records, BLP 12018 (1969).
  7. ^ a b c Autobiography at Productions Page. Accessed April 28, 2008.
  8. ^ Official web site. Accessed April 28, 2008
  9. ^ Saint Anne Institute web site. Accessed April 28, 2008.
  10. ^ a b St. Anne's Institute web site. Accessed April 28, 2008.
  11. ^ a b Kathy Ricetts, Youth Advancement Through Music and Art Program Offers Students at St. Anne Institute Renewed Confidence, Daily Gazette, December 6, 2005, online at Daily Gazette article
  12. ^ YATMA at Zoom Info
  13. ^ YATMA at LinkedIn
  14. ^ History of EMTAH web page
  15. ^ listing
  16. ^ Radio Open Source show Music on the Brain
  17. ^ Caffe Lena official web site Calendar page for December 2007. Accessed December 10, 2007.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g Past Calendar from official website. Retrieved December 9, 2008. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Past_Calendar" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  19. ^ Java Jazz Cafe web site. Accessed January 6, 2008.
  20. ^ Caffe Lena official web site Calendar page for March 2008. Caffe Lena official web site Blues Festival page. Both accessed March 31, 2008.
  21. ^ a b Events web site gallery page 137. Accessed May 13, 2008.
  22. ^ WRPI schedule. Accessed December 13, 2008.
  23. ^ a b c official website calendar page. Accessed December 9, 2008.
  24. ^ River City Blues Festival official website. Accessed December 9, 2008.
  25. ^ "Cairns Blues Festival:Lineup". Sound and Scene. May 12, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  26. ^ Lane, Jo (May 8, 2012). "Top festivals and events in Asia this week – May 7–13". Travel Wire Asia. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  27. ^ "All Performers". Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival. June 21, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  28. ^ CD Baby
  29. ^ TradeBit web site
  30. ^ Board Nation web site
  31. ^ Winslow Productions web page
  32. ^ Channel Connections web page
  33. ^ Stephen Mead artistic web page
  34. ^ web site
  35. ^ German music web site
  36. ^ Polish music web site
  37. ^ Danish web site
  38. ^ a Spanish-language web site for selling CDs
  39. ^ Harvard Business School web site
  40. ^ Dan Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, Wikinomics, pp. 57–58 (Portfolio/Penguin Books 2006) (ISBN 978-1-59184-138-8.
  41. ^ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture official web site
  42. ^ IGS Guitar Forum blog of April 2003
  43. ^ Sparking Ragtime & Hardbitten Blues CD web page
  44. ^ IGS Guitar Forum blog of April 2006
  45. ^ IGS Guitar Forum blog of April 2007
  46. ^ The Brooklyn Eagle web site listings
  47. ^ Music Video on YouTube with Nick Katzman
  48. ^ Stamford Arts Centre official web site
  49. ^ Weenie Campbell's reviews
  50. ^ Monty's Music web page
  51. ^ Ginger Mayerson, "Nick Katzman: Filed under: amused", found at The Hackenblog. Retrieved November 2, 2008.
  52. ^ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture official web site The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor page. Accessed April 28, 2008.
  53. ^ Thomasina Winslow (Featuring Nick Katzman) on One Artist a Day website. Retrieved October 2, 2008.
  54. ^ "Arts & Entertainment" (PDF). Loudonville Spotlight. April 22, 2009. p. 17. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  55. ^ Danish Folk, Blues, and Ragtime Guitar Festival website. Accessed September 14, 2010.
  56. ^ YouTube music video. Accessed January 6, 2008.
  57. ^ Chronogram, January 2010 issue, p. , found at Chronogram archives. Accessed May 11, 2010.
  58. ^ New York Folklore Society website. Accessed May 11, 2010.

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