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Ryan and Brennish




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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

world wide.

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

"Fiddling Thomsons,

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"

Riverwalks Cafe

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

"Hi Ryan

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!! 

Thanks again."

Gail Bukowski

Activities Director

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


Best wishes


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

planning process!

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

great fun.

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!

Brian L.

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.

Wedding reception

Terri S.

September, 2013

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

Hello Thomsons, 

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!


Pickwick's Mercantile.

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

September 2012

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!

warm regards,

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. -


New Hampshire Made

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,


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 -


Meals on Wheels


Dear Ryan and Brennish - Thank you both so much for putting the music in our farm

festival! Joyce

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