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Elliot Thomas

After years of shouting himself hoarse in poor imitation of the soaring vocals of Radiohead's Thom Yorke and the vocal gymnastics of Jeff Buckley, Elliot Thomas decided that the only way he was going to escape his bedroom as a singer was to write songs that reflected his own nature and experience; his decision seems to have paid off.

With a pioneering spirit, this Edmonton-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist brings a mindboggling array of influences to his art to arrive at a soulful and poetic style all of his own. Australian by birth and raised in Hong Kong, since moving to Canada in 2007 music has flourished in his life. Originally a guitarist, Elliot has advanced beyond proficiency on the lap-steel, and has developed a unique voice on the 5-string banjo, which he flicks, plucks, and strums with uncommon grace. Over the shifting textural landscapes shaped by these instruments Elliot sings songs of sorrow, hope, growth and fishing.

Drawing inspiration from the blues, old-time, Celtic, and world music traditions as well as from contemporary songwriters, Elliot's sound is fresh and daring, yet relatable. He is working towards recording his first CD in the near future.

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