The Tom Michell Trio
The Tom Michell Trio formed in 2012, uniting Tom Michell's fine bluesy vocals and electrifying guitar work with Pete Thomas’s rapturous bass play and Tom Sibly’s sharp, punchy drumming.
Within a year they had gained a wide following, cut their festival teeth and sold out the local Kenton Theatre. In 2015 they released their EP No Grudge.
Tom's influences (Stevie Ray Vaughn, B B King, Johnny Winter and Hendrix to name a few) are prominent in his playing, but that's not to say he hasn't developed an infectious sound of his own in electric guitar and slide style - coupled with gutsy, impassioned vocals which remind you what the blues is really all about.
Expect a riff fuelled set spanning from the Texas scene to groove based rhythm & blues
Born in Reading and a graduate of the Newcastle College of Performing Arts, Pete's first instrument was the guitar, which he learned at the age of seven. However in his early teens he discovered the bass guitar, inspired partly by John Entwistle of The Who.
From the age of fifteen he became the regular bass player for acclaimed function band Flipside Jack. He is also an accomplished player of the double bass amongst other instruments.
Pete has a range of musical interests including jazz and especially folk music. He has played with leading lights of the folk scene Mawkin, Jackie Oates, Philip Murray Warson, Megan Henwood and Tyde all over the country, appearing on the last albums of the latter two. He plays folk and jazz as a permanent member of the Diminished Quartet, the Oates & Henwood Trio and bluegrass specialists The Vanguards.
But when the blues is calling, The Tom Michell Trio is his band for years to come…
A graduate from Drumtech in 2006, Tom has performed with small and large jazz groups, singer-songwriters, and function bands.
Upon joining Imperial College London he became the resident drummer in its big band, winning a Gold Award at the National Concert Band Festival final in Cardiff and playing at the Brecon Jazz Festival and Shanghai World Expo 2010.