Based: Cape Town
“Manipulating guitar strings so that they converse in a new language. a psychedelic one-man anti-folk jamming machine” – Cape Argus
“Rupturing the conventional One- Man Guitar/ Vocals Mould” – Mail & Guardian
“Technical Wizardry.the real definition of an artist” – Levi’s Music Mag
“Beautiful, emotive. undeniably a name to watch” – SL Magazine
“He possesses more than mere skill.he is armed with mastery” – Mahala
“There are very few local guitarists who ‘use’ the guitar the way Gary Thomas does” – Your LMG
“Roller-coaster of sound..Difficult to define, simple to appreciate… you have to remind yourself that it is all coming from just one person – Cue
Gary Thomas was born in Durban, South Africa in 1983 and relocated to Cape Town in 2006, where he formed acclaimed Anti- Folk duo Cabins in the Forest with Andy Jamieson. Shortly after releasing their album “Spells for Bribes” in 2007, the duo separated and Gary began touring as a solo artist in January 2009. Upon moving to Cape Town in 2006, Gary recorded a collection of songs, officially released as his ‘debut’ album 3 years later, entitled “Wooden Boxes & Thought Hunting”.
Thomas studied Classical Guitar in school and completed a music degree at The University of Kwa- Zulu Natal in Durban in 2005, majoring in Jazz guitar. Reviewers and audiences have had trouble defining the music due to his eclectic and dynamic range of compositions, but words like “Anti- Folk, Psychedelic, Progressive Experimental Folk, One- Man Jamming Machine” have been thrown around in the press.
Utilizing a stomp box (an amplified wooden box that produces a fat kick drum sound), “master” acoustic guitar playing and distinct, uncanny vocal work, the music wavers between the intimate and the violent, having a huge range of diversity and timbre.