Leigh Folk Festival | Thomas Truax
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Thomas Truax

Thomas Truax


Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) is an American singer/musician, inventor and multi-media artist. One of the most imaginative characters on the pop music fringe, since the year 2000 Thomas has been traveling the world performing with his evolving “band” of bizarre self-made Harry Partch-esque instruments including a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called ‘Mother Superior’ and a pimped-up Dr. Seuss-ian Gramophone called ‘The Hornicator’, as well as his venerable resonator guitar ‘Hank’. Time Out magazine has dubbed him “The king of home-made instruments” while Splendid magazine called him “one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you’ve never heard of…an exceptional talent, unique and resistant to comparison, yet fairly accessible even to casual listeners.” Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons ‘Why Dogs Howl at The Moon’. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, Amanda Palmer, Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) and the late author Terry Pratchett. Born in Denver, Colorado, as a young boy Thomas attempted to build a synthesizer out of an old radio. He put on magic shows and made stop-motion animated films with a Super 8 camera. He later studied film making at NYU. In his “day job years” he did time as an animator for MTV‘s hit series ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ and Cartoon Network’s ‘Robot Chicken’. He “ran away with” the Toby Tyler Circus in Florida for a spell (as a billposter) before deciding he might benefit more by hanging flyers for his own act back in New York City. His rock band Like Wow toured and released several well-received albums in the 90s, but Thomas eventually grew frustrated with typical band problems (such as a rotating lineup of drummers). He finally decided to build his own motorized mechanical drummer and ‘go solo’. He hasn’t looked back since.

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Leigh Sailing Club: Sun 24, Start: 16.30 – Finish: 17.10

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