The Fiddling Thomsons, Ryan and Brennish
An award winning father and son duo performing lively tunes on many different
instruments. We are available to travel anywhere to do performances and educational
workshops. We've performed throughout New England and to far flung venues in California,
England, and China! Styles include celtic, appalachian, cajun, and international.
Together, we play twin fiddles, wooden spoons, zydeco rub board, jaw harp, cajon box
drum, rhythm bones, mandolin, 5 string and tenor banjos, mandolin, accordion, flute, foot
percussion, piano, cajun triangle, pennywhistle, ukulele, and other folk instruments. We
can add band members to make a larger ensemble.
SEE SOME OF OUR PERFORMANCES! Click HERE to visit the music samples page.
Click HERE for information about our CD -
"Music for Both Hands."
Click HERE for a list of past performances
Testimonials from happy clients:
May 30, 2017
Thanks you both so very much for your
hundreds of generous musical moments from
the potluck on Thursday all the way up to the
Folk College music camp
March 27, 2017
Thank you so very much for playing at our
wedding. You truly captured the Irish theme and everybody loved your music. You were a
pleasure to work with and have created a wonderful memory for us on such a special day.
Adrienne and Brendan J."
November 16, 2016
"Many thanks for playing at the Bath Folk Festival"
Bath Folk Festival, Bath, England
October 31, 2016
"We really enjoy the sessions"
Nashua, New Hampshire
October 17, 2016
really, really, good band, on time,on the mark, a perfect band for any occasion, love the
10th Mass, Millers Falls
October 4, 2016
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to you and your son for making time in your
schedule to perform here on Friday.
It was fantastic! The residents loved it!!
The Pines of Newmarket
October 18, 2015
"Dear Ryan and Brennish
Words alone can not express how much many of us enjoyed your music and getting to know
you. Thank you so much for your superb playing AND willingness to help support our
historic house as a regional resource."
Paul Wentworth House, New Hampshire
September 29, 2015
Ryan Thomson (and son!) were absolutely incredible! They were always exactly where they
needed to be ... which to me seemed like a miracle considering we didn't have a planner/
organizer. They were totally self-sufficient and got everything set up on time AND -- on top
of all that -- they played beautifully!!! I'm so glad we booked them for the wedding, it
helped make the occasion that much more special. I highly recommend them for any event
in need of some amazing fiddle tunes!!!
E.D. Waterford, ME
September 19, 2015
Ryan and his son Brennish could not have been more talented, accommodating nor
professional. They were a delight to work with and everyone was delighted to be with
them. They created a participative atmosphere that engaged and entertained people of all
ages and abilities. We were so fortunate to find them.
F. Watkinson - Program Director
Gaining Ground Farm, Concord, MA
October 27, 2014
Ryan- thank you to you and your son for doing the most amazing job at the wedding. We
were beyond thrilled with how lands end turned out. And cocktail hour sounded beautiful!
We could hear it well from below while getting our pictures taken. Thank you for passing
along the cd we love your music and will be looking for when we can see you live
October 24, 2014
Dear Ryan and Brennish, Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding so special!
The music was incredible and I hope Matt and I can hear you play again someday in N.H.
Thank you again for sharing your incredible talent and so helpful and flexible during the
A & M Miller
October 5, 2014
And especially we thank you for the rousing concert last Thursday evening. You had the
gang in the palm of your hand, tapping their feet and joining in lustily to Jambalya. It was
Group 2 RoadTrekers
September 16, 2014
Ryan and Brennish were amazing and made my daughter's wedding very special with their
talents of music with all their instruments!!!! They were extremely accommodating,
playing at the pre ceremony, then playing while walking the guest through the woods to
our home to the ceremony. He was so flexible dealing with the changing weather
conditions . He is so very pleasant and was a joy to work with!!!!
September 10, 2014
Dear Ryan and Brennish, Thank you both so much for coming to Kirkwood Corners, the
residents loved you. They have been asking when you were coming back, and talking about
how wonderful you both play! Thank you again, from the residents and staff of Kirkwood
Corner, Jayme Wintle, Activities Director.
August 11, 2014
Great music and great people, we really enjoyed listening to them hammer away on their
fiddles! Made me feel like I was back down in TX. Thank you Ryan and Brennish for sharing
your wonderful music!
May 31, 2014
Thank you so much for providing our wedding with such wonderful music! We appreciate
you making the trip all the way here.
Thank You! The Solders.
Feb 26, 2014
Hi Ryan & Brennish!
Just wanted to say again how enjoyable it was being on the stage with you both this last
Saturday! Being backed up by musical talent when I'm calling is always my goal and it was an
immense help to make the evening a fun loving event for both dancers and I!
Looking forward to the next time with you!
Don Heinold (Caller)
December 2, 2013
Thank you very much for joining us for the 2013 Winter Holiday Stroll! The Fiddling
Thomsons performance greatly contributed to the success of this year's event. We
appreciate the time and talent your group devoted to your performance. Thank you!
from everyone at
Great American Dream,
Nashua, New Hampshire
October 5, 2013
Fantastic, We loved loved loved the Fiddling Thomsons...great musicians, very upbeat and
really nice guys. Thoroughly enjoyed their music. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Thank you guys you made the evening.
Hi Ryan:Thanks so much for performing at the Big E New Hampshire Building this year. We
enjoyed having you in the New Hampshire presentation.
Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director Division of Agricultural Development
NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food
August 31, 2013
I just want to thank you again for your amazing performance last night! It is always such a
pleasure to hear your beautiful music live in our store once again!
August 26, 2013
Dear Ryan, Brennish and the gang:
You were wonderful, amazing, so much fun, and everyone loved you! "Who was that band?"
they wanted to know with lust in their eyes as they thought about dancing with you (or
listening to you, as that's what most did) again. I just wanted to thank you wholeheartedly
for the gift that you gave us all. You made the day! My family and I had a fantastic day,
everything we had hoped for and more. So happy you did you share to give us what one
woman called, "a most magical day".
Looking forward to another time,
Dec 4, 2012
Wonderful evening..everyone loved the music, even the crowd watching football in the
other room. Would love to have them for an outdoor party! Thanks for a great
evening..Linda HB, private party.
November 17, 2012
Hello fiddling Thomson's,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your wonderful music today. So many people
said that they loved hearing you both play today. Actually, our police detail came in to
hear you play several times because he said he loved your fiddling also:)
You were wonderful! I will be in contact again next year. We would love to have you again.
Thanks again, Carly
Nashoba Brooks School, Concord, Massachusetts
Dear Ryan - Our thanks to you and your son for coming to our celebration Friday night and
adding so much fun and specialness to the event. You are both just wonderful and we
really appreciate you taking the time!
Ann and Laurie - New Hampshire Made
June 12, 2012
Thank you for being a part of our 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Ryan and Brennish
You had everyone tapping their toes! - Trish. The music was wonderful! Thanks for being a
part of the dinner. - Jennie, What a joy it was to listen to you both. -
May 17, 2012
Thank you both infinitely for your music on Friday at the coffeehouse. It is such a gift to
have talented and gracious musicians like yourselves abound in the community. Your music
is beautiful! Thank you, E.B.
May 16, 2012
Ryan and his son were wonderful. I would recommend them again and again!
March 19, 2012
Thank you for the great performance! The residents really enjoyed it..... Matt, Maple
Mr. Thomson and Brennish, Thank you for coming today. Your music is beautiful! Hope to
see you again. Meals on Wheels, Amy and crew at the Brentwood site.
Hi Ryan, - I would like to thank both you and your son for your performance at the Farmers
Market in Lawrence, MA yesterday. It was a lively and fun show. Everyone enjoyed it!!
Sandra Frechette - Program Manager, Livelawrence.org
Ryan and Brennish, Thank you both for once again, entertaining us with your musical
talent. We appreciate your coming here and playing for us! Thanks again -
Dear Ryan and Brennish - Thank you both so much for putting the music in our farm
Equest, Kennebunk, Maine
Hi Ryan, - Thanks again to both of you for your performance
today. Everyone had a wonderful time. I'll be in touch again in the next few months.
K. T. Meals on Wheels - Sunrise/Sunset Activity Center
Dear Ryan and Brennish, - Laudetur Jesus Christus! Thank you so very much for your
enthusiastic participation at our festival last month. Your set was most enjoyable and your
leading of the contra dance indispensable!...Thank you again and may our lady bless you!
Sister Maria Philomena - Blueberry Fiddle Festival 2007