Allister Thompson is a Toronto, Canada-based singer, songwriter and guitar player, inspired by the folk greats of the Seventies such as Tim Buckley, John Martyn, Sandy Denny and Nick Drake as well as early progressive rock and ambient music.
After a varied career in bands, the highlight of which was a number of years spent with cult glam band Crash Kelly, he spent the winter of 2008/09 holed up at Studio W19 in Toronto with producer Michael Dilauro working on his first studio solo album, "Shadowlands".
The music on this record is a stew of different musical styles, ranging from melodic folk-rock to psychedelic pop, acid folk to symphonic progressive rock and ending with a 9-minute full blown Krautrock-esque piece featuring Mongolian-style throat singing.
"Shadowlands" is the culmination of years of writing and experimenting, as well as the fruit of months of creative collaboration between Allister and a large cast of singers and musicians on guitar, bass, drums, organs and mellotrons, violins, flutes, rainsticks and space cymbals.
Allister Thompson: guitar, vocals with
Michael Dilauro, bass, keyboards, accordion, vocals
Eric Herrmann, drums, vocals
Teri-Lynn Janveau, keyboards, vocals
Laurie Januska, vocals
Kerry Kelly, vocals
Heather Arnold, violin, vocals
Sean Kelly, guitar
Gene Scarpelli, guitar
Janine Susan Hogg, flute
Danny Stapleford, percussion
Deborah Brown ukelele
Shawn Delnick, lap steel, percussion
Produced by Michael Dilauro and Allister Thompson with Shawn Delnick, September 2008-April 2009 at Studio W19, Toronto