"I can see by the way you're sweatin', you gave it your all...."
The long-awaited 3rd album is out now on all platforms and available at select record stores around WA.
Launched at Nannup Music Festival In March 2023 and Played to a capacity crowd over 3 days, the album has now taken flight.
July saw the second launch of the album in Broome Western Australia to a sold-out room at the Broome Convention Centre and featuring the band who recorded on the album.
Recorded over 3 years, the collection of works is an embodiment of stories in song... The sea is the canvas and the road, the mountain the backdrop and the destination. Both featuring metaphorically throughout the journey of the album.
History and legend feature throughout, with tales of Celtic lore going back 500 years, to the colonial injustice of Australian settlement and the story of Australia's first proclaimed 'Outlaw' - 'Ben hall', the second single released from the album.
So much more here to tell, but best you have a listen for yourselves!
Available via hard copy ( message us ) and all the streaming services you connect with...
~~~ Ben Hall ~~~
The second single from The Riding Light ; 'Ben Hall', is now out and has been made into film, by the renowned filmmaker- Mark Jones.
Click the link to watch it on YouTube
The Riding Light Album launch featuring the full band.
Broome Convention centre July 29
A fantastic night of live music played to a full room in Iconic Broome, Western Australia
Filmed live at the album launch of 'The Riding Light'.
Featuring; Wil Thomas, Dave Mann, Phoebe Corke, Bex Youdale, TanyaRansom, Arnhem Hunter, Albert Gray, Tilly Kay...
The Stan Rogers true tale of yore. Taking it away from its original format here and giving it a nod towards 'Weddings Parties Anything' circa, 'The Old Melbourne Hotel' back in the day...
A tribute to Chris Bailey, with a reworking of his song 'Shipwreck'
Live at the 'Riding Light' album launch.
We're heading South for a run of shows in November. This one will be a highlight! Featuring the Riding Light album launch band. 10, 11, 12 November in Bridgetown W.A. The full Riding light band will be there.
Wil Thomas Music
Fishermans Bend- 2011 Provenance - 2016 The Riding Light- 2023
Wil Thomas is a journeyman and a storyteller, a laconic troubadour and the kind of artist you yearn to have at your campfire…
Thomas' quest for the ‘story in song’ is passionate and single-minded. His sophomore album ; ‘Provenance’ was nominated for an Australian music prize, while 2023 has seen the release of his 3rd album ‘The Riding Light’. Debuting at the acclaimed Nannup Music Festival in March and launching in Broome in August, along with the film clip to the second single from the album, Ben Hall. With his tales of Bush Rangers and modern-day political gangsters, Thomas sings of redemption, love and revolution. Weaving stories from a stormy Celtic coastline all the way to the blood-red dirt of the Kimberley. Drawing from a melting pot of influences, from Dylan Thomas to Led Zeppelin, he epitomises all there is to love about raw, and relevant Australian music…
Northwest Festival August 2021 'Tanya Ransom'
Photos, gigs, musings....
Sights and sounds from the road
"Loved every song on 'Provenance.' Its clear we share the same influences..!"
ROB HIRST~ 'MIDNIGHT OIL'
Wil Thomas & Guy Ghouse, 'Nannup Main stage'
"Nothing's changed. Im sick of it. Aren't you sick of it? I didn't write this song for nothing, you know!"
Paul Boon on the 'Yidaki', With the maestro, Shane Howard and special guest, Allan Pigram, Wil Thomas ~ 'Solid Rock'