2023 ECMA Entertainer of the Year nominee and Main Stage Showcase artist Robert Thomas has been a published songwriter for 40 years. His writing credits include, Kenny Rogers Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and the Chicks, among others. Now, after a career writing for these major artists, Thomas is touring the original, as written, versions of his songs with his stellar band of favourite co-writers - the sessionmen. The sessionmen (Ray Legere - fiddle and mandolin, Jon Arsenault – guitar / percussion / loops and backing vocals, and Maxime Forbes – keyboards and backing vocals) are a musical force in their own right, having supported the likes of Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Rita MacNeil, the Rankins, Natalie MacMaster and the Chieftains...
While profoundly appreciative of the wonderful interpretations of his music by other artists around the world, Thomas is still very keen to share these memorable songs, brand new compositions and stories of how and why they were written with Folk/Roots audiences everywhere. In 2023, Robert Thomas and the sessionmen performed 35 shows to 35 standing ovations in Atlantic Canada, The United States, Germany and Austria. A master songwriter and entertainer at the peak of his craft, backed by a formidable band, this is a very special, act.... “not to be missed.”
“An evening with Robert Thomas and the sessionmen blends compelling songwriting with impeccable acoustic musicianship and wonderful storytelling… not to be missed.”
• Lara Pallis, Subterranea, London, UK
“Impressive musicianship, so clean, so solid and full of life and energy. I love ‘em!”
• Barbara Cloyd – Host, The Bluebird Café, Nashville
• The Americana Music Association
“John Prine meets Harry Chapin meets Stan Rogers, wow. A special evening!
• Jorgen Gaute, Pur/Vinotek, Berchtesgaden, Germany
"If Stuart McLean could write songs and sing, this is what it would sound like..."
• Peter Gzowski, CBC Morningside