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Date Posted: 14:10:18 03/13/06 Mon
It was stormy night as the rain lashed our car as we drove to Bristol to see Hamish's drummer Ian Thomas in his "Yamaha Drum Clinic".
My son Andy ( also a drummer) came with me, we couldn't see the road it was raining so fast, so we had to drive slower than we would have liked.
Thankfully we made it just in time, as the clinic had already started, and Ian was laying down some serious drum patterns as we took our seats.Ian played to various backing tracks on which the musicians included Hamish,Steve Pearce,Jim Mullen, Adam Philips,and Bass player Laurence Cottle.
The music was also varied, from straight ahead Jazz,to Bozza', Funk,Blues,etc.Then Ian showed us his amazing technique on the drums, with left and right hand 4 and 5 stroke rolls.Then he takes a solo, building it really slowly until it reaches a climax and he is going round the kit so fast you can't see his hands move, but you can hear the amazing rhythm coming from the drum kit!wow, what a drummer.That's what I love about Ian Thomas's drumming, the guy can blow you away with his brilliant chops on the kit,then when he drum's with Hamish's band, he just "Plays The Song" as Hamish often says.
I understand that fully, as that's my philosophy regarding drums, as I also play the song,and only play a fill if the song really is begging for it??.I come from the old school of " Less Is More", as I'm sure Ian appreciates also.
Ian is also one of the nicest guys I know,with a wonderfully wicked sense of humour.At a lull in questions in the packed hall full of drummers,Ian said " go on ask me some more questions",then he asked himself a question, "Like Why am I so Fat???,Cause I Eat Too Much, and Don't Exercise??"~~~### he answered.The whole hall just broke out in spontanious laughter at Ian's comic timing, it was brilliant and unexpected, you had to be there to appreciate the moment.
Ian is the only drummer I would travel all the bloody way to Bristol to see.That's how much I love and respect the guy and his drumming,Ian is definately my favourite drummer,he is so versatile and inventive that he always inspires me, and makes me want to play drums.
Only the best will do for Hamish, and he certainly has the best in Ian Thomas,the Groovemaster.God bless you Ian, you're a top man.