Thom Jayne and the Nomads have emerged on the alternative music scene with a hard-to-categorize blend of African, Celtic, Latin, and jazz. Thom’s first release, The Forgotten Conquest, received award-winning recognition in the 2002 John Lennon Songwriters Contest, won the 2002 Jammie Award/World Beat category, and was featured on Dan Bayer's "Music for a New Age.
The Nomads formed in 2003, featuring a unique fusion of digeridoos, trumpets, guitars, fiddles, and African percussion. Their latest CD release, “Road Trip,” defines the band’s signature acoustic yet hard-driving sound. “Road Trip won a Jammie Award in 2005. The band features Thom Jayne (guitar and digeridoo), Rich Illman (trumpet), Kelly Pond (violin), Greg Howe (guitar), Heather Kulaga (bass), Michael Pelham (drums), and Jon Weber (percussion).
* 2002 - Forgotten Conquest:
* John Lennon Songwriters Award for "Moroccan Blues." Received the WYCE Jammie Award for "Best worldbeat CD released in 2002 by a Michigan artist."
* Ranked #13 on national playlist by New Age Recorder, February 2003.
* 2005 - Road Trip: Awarded the 2005 Jammie Award (Worldbeat Category).
* 2009 - Winner of the "Lyrics and Literature Contest",Capital Area District Library, opened for Sheryl Crow at the Common Ground Festival, July 9, 2009.
* Streaming available at www.thomjayneandthenomads.com
* Radio airplay locally on WLNZ 89.7FM, and nationally on Cerius Radio and over 40 other stations nationwide