Holding Back the Night
Thomasina is an internationally recognized mountain dulcimer player, singer, and song writer whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe. She touches audiences with a simplicity, humanity, and strength drawn from the deep roots of the folk tradition. Her freshness and vitality surprise people, often evoking unexpected emotional responses from first time audiences and loyal fans alike. There are no spectators at Thomasina's concerts. Her infectious energy level draws audience members into some kind of participation- singing, clapping, drumming or even playing along on an instrument which has been handed to you. She performs solo, or with a dynamic back-up band which consists of a world class percussionist and bass player. Thomasina sings, composes music and plays the mountain dulcimer. Her voice has been described as "both sweet and strong with a moving spiritual strain." Her original and traditional compositions and arrangements appeal to a wide range of audiences - from children to grandparents. After years of work on the mountain dulcimer, Thomasina's unique and complex adaptation of the instrument with it's sweet simple sound has become one of her trademarks. While it is possible to appreciate Thomasina's music through her recordings, one must attend a concert in order to truly experience her magic. Educator Thomasina, is Connecticut's most recently selected State Troubadour. This highly esteemed and honorary position allows her to be Connecticut's Ambassador for music and song. With a Master of Science degree in Education, she uses music to help students of all ages discover their own creative spirits throughout the United States. In January of 1999, she was accepted to become part of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts' Master Teaching Artist Program. Her four years of studies and graduation as a Facilitator of Music Improvisation with cello master, David Darling and Music for People reaffirm her belief that music is in each one of us and is just waiting for the right time to emerge. As one of the founders and organizers of the Housatonic Dulcimer Celebration, Thomasina has been instrumental in helping to bring students, teachers, and other musicians from all over the U.S. together to celebrate the joy of making music.