Simon and Ian released their first album in 1991 on Black Crow Records. Their second album – He Thinks He’s Invisible – was released in 2013. Listen to the complete album below or click here to buy it.
“Almost a quarter of a century has passed since the then enfants terribles of folk music – concertist Simon Thoumire and guitar it’s Ian Carr – released an LP of the inventive and at times bordering on the bonkers take on traditional music with which they were entertaining and possibly perplexing folk audiences. They were a double act like no other, and it’s a pleasure to report that, although they may have matured, it’s only their hair they have lost. The gleeful sense of fun and daring improvisation they brought to dance tunes, allied to no little respect for dance band forebears including Bobby Crowe and Ian Powrie, are, if anything, more pronounced now and the contrasts between off-kilter deconstruction or expansive investigation of a melody and racing, full-on and at times downright swinging momentum are doubly effective. when they play it straight, as on Carr’s waltz set, they can charm; but when they go for it, they’re an unstoppable force of mad virtuosity.” Sunday Herald – Rob Adams
“….I just bought the CD (it comes with a download option too) and it’s great – inspiring, exciting playing from both (as one would expect).” Chatty Concertinist
“…..it’s really inspiring; two inventive musicians playing the heck out of some tunes, and reigning it in for some lovely passages on others. I can imagine they’re quite a force of nature in concert as well!” Heavyweight Boxer
“Back in nineteen ninety, before Scottish music was funky and cool, two young lads produced a fabulous album which is sadly no longer available. It was called Hootz! and I am still hoping for it to be re-released. It is appropriately commemorated in the catalogue number of this new release from the same duo, Thoumire & Carr Part 2, with less than a twenty-five year gap between albums! Of course, both lads have been quite busy in the meantime, in various bands, festivals, record labels, awards and gentlemen’s outfitters. Ian played with Katherine Tickell, Karen Tweed, Swåp and other Anglo-Scandinavian gangs. Simon set up Tartan Tapes, and Footstompin’, and the Scottish trad awards, and a few other things, as well as writing and playing a lot of new Scottish music. Both are snappy dressers, although you’d never guess it from this album’s artwork – but a concert by Thoumire and Carr is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. So there you have it, a reprise of one of the great musical pairings of the last generation, and a very welcome return of the crazy quirky jazzy version of Scottish music unique to Carr & Thoumire.
Oh yes, the music. Where to start? It’s all concertina and guitar, naturally. Most of this album was actually written by Ian Carr, and most of the rest is traditional to a greater or lesser extent. Carr’s compositions range from the positively joyous Linnea Möter Lava to the outright soporific Brocken Spectre with no explanation in either case. The swaggering Provost of Forgandenny betrays Thoumire’s liking for pipe marches, and is one of several pieces where these boys mess with the tempo. Who knew Calliope House would sound so good as a lyrical slow strathspey? Or that Henninglåt could be dragged out so effectively? Who’d even heard of Henninglåt, for that matter?! Other pieces are more familar: the old Shetland reel Da Fashion o’ da Delting Lasses, Charlie Lennon’s Twelve Pins, and a couple more, mixed in with titles such as Joseph Boseph, Step On It Sven and the memorable Offensive Doctor Flute Pervert. Fun, frolics, fine musicianship and funked-up folk: what more could you want? If there was still a Woolworths, I’m sure this would be available there.” Alex Monaghan