November 27th 2017 - Last Avian touring
Had some really nice travelling lately, which I guess was the last batch of shows before
the work on the next album starts for real. Stay tuned.
Taped a little something for Gothenburg Sessions on a roof.
Live @ Klubb Bubbla @ Nya China, Örebro
Live at a sold-out Ugglan in Vadstena.
One shot from Never Understand from my show @ Inkonst
in Malmö this summer.
Also want to mention I got invited by L.T. Fisk to play at his
living room club in Arlöv. That was fun!
August 31st 2017 - Thank you Iceland!
live @ Melodica Festival Reykjvavík
Really excited after my first two shows in Iceland. Thanks everybody who made this happen,
you're all so friendly and the nature is breathtaking. Have me back! xxx Thomas
August 22nd 2017 - Martin Hederos contributes to Album6
Extremly proud to announce that earlier this summer, Martin Hederos (Tonbruket, Soundtrack of our lives, Hederos&Hellberg etc)
played piano and synth on four tracks on the upcoming album. Thanks! Everything's going forward with the album, entitled Transit.
August 21st 2017 - Summer daze
Thanks all who showed up and was a part of a summer tour I dearly enjoyed. Next up Iceland!
Live @ Alma Löv Museum of Unexp. Art
Live @ Folk&Rock-festival 2017, Segmon
Live @ Upperud 9:9
Live @ Playwood 2017, Edsbyn
Live @ Äntligen Festival, Kristianstad
Radio session @ P4 Värmland
June 1st 2017 - Melodica Festival Reykjvavík
So excited to announce my shows in Iceland ever. Will perform at the lovely
Melodica Festival in Reykjvavík. (Aug 25-27). More news soon!
May 31st 2017 - Kentucky Seven Podcast Premiere A night for UNHCR
Went back to Stockholm and played with Christian Kjellvander, Tvärvägen, Ulf Stureson,
Twiggy Pop, Liljor, Siri Karlsson and Crash Nomada. Great night, lots of lovely people
and money collected for a good cause. Cheers to Ella Blixt for singing with me on a song.
Also was interviewed in the podcast KentuckySeven on music, the upcoming album, the upcoming
album title. It's all in Swedish, but the episode's round up with a song you've never heard before.
KentuckySeven @ Apple MusicMay 29th 2017 - It's gonna be MAY
Will finish off a really lovely touring May with a mini festival at Pygméteatern
in Stockholm on May 31st. (other acts include Christian Kjellvander, Tvärvägen,
Kajsa Grytt, Ulf Stureson and more). This is what I did earlier this month.
Supported super favorites First Floor Power in Malmö,
hung out with Karl-Jonas and Jenny. Happy times!
Also supported Slowgold @ Mejeriet in Lund.
They did a spectacular show, and I tried out a new song...
... which I played in the podcast KentuckySeven one week
later in Göteborg. That + interview to be published soon.
May 22nd 2017 - Shows
Some summer shows coming up:
27 MAY - MALMÖ (S) @ Inkonst (w First Floor Power)
31 MAY - STOCKHOLM (S) @ Pygméteatern (w Kajsa Grytt, Ulf Sturesson, Tvärvägen and more)
04 AUG - UPPERUD (S) @ 9:9
10 AUG - ÖSTRA ÄMTERVIK (S) @ Alma Löv Museum of Unexpected Art
11 AUG - SEGMON (S) @ Folk&Rock 2017
Stay tuned for some more album news and international action...
February 5th 2017 - Finbesök
If I only knew when I started writing songs that Christian Kjellvander and Irya Gmeyner
once would guest an album of my own. Stoked. Album6 is really coming together now, we'll
speak more about that soon.
January 24th 2017 - Year premiere
2017 started off with a trip to Växjö for a show @ Kafe De luxe. Also did a short set at Blädinge church.
Woke up to a great review in Smålandsposten, highlighting a few new songs and the guitar playing, which
feels reassuring, given the upcoming acoustic album.
January 20th 2017 - Update album#6
Some news (and maybe even sounds) on the next album soon! Can't wait to share this.
We've recorded sessions during 2016 and whenever I'm in doubt, I always think of my
talented friends helping me out with their genius touch. Here are some: Helena Arlock,
Klas-Henrik Hörngren (Klabbes Bank), Maria Larsson, Elina Johansson (Eli Na), Nightbird!
November 30th 2016 - Autumn 2016
Haven't updated for a while, been in the studio and out playing. Thanks for all support,
making 2016 one of my most exciting touring years to date.
Timjan, Vänersborg (S)
Rough Trade, Nottingham (UK)
Båten, Karlstad (S)
Nattkyrkan @ St Johannes Kyrka, Malmö (S)
Kulturnatten, Uppsala (S)
Jam Café, Nottingham (UK)
9:9, Upperud (S)
Live at Heart @ Örebro slott, Örebro (S)
Joe Hill-gården, Gävle (S)
July 6th 2016 - Sweden/Poland Retrospective
Had a great time on my second tour of Poland ever! Thanks to Borowka Music for having
Live @ Dinkytown Summer Edition, Trollhättan July 1st...
... supporting the magnificent SLOWGOLD!
Live @ Meskalina, Poznan (PL)
Live @ Songwriter Lodz Festival, Lodz
Insert theme music from Jaws here... (Backstage Katowice)
Live @ Treöresfestivalen, Motala (S)
May 30th 2016 - Shades of Green T-shirts
Recording album 6. Shhh.....
Pre-show jitters. Mastmagasinet, Kristinehamn (S) May 21st
... opening for Kristian Anttilla <3 ...
Live @ Mastmagasinet
Live @ Treöresfestivalen, Motala (S) May 28th
May 10th 2016 - TEN NEXT SHOWS
May 1st 2016 - NEW SONG: Silent Spring
Met up with LePop Live backstage Vega in Copenhagen to record a live take of this song
from my forthcoming 6th album.
April 25th 2016 - Alt Som Teller / Richmond Fontaine / Tonbruket
Had a great time doing this mini tour through Oslo (Ingrid Ovedie Volden's book release), Stockholm
(w Richmond Fontaine) and Copenhagen (supporting Tonbruket). I wish all shows could be like these.
Live @ Vega, Copenhagen
Martin Hederos of Tonbruket! <3
Live @ Bryggarsalen, Stockholm
Playing at the book release of Alt som teller @ Internasjonalen, Oslo
Video session with Lepop Live (coming soon)
April 22th 2016 - Album#6
And btw, I'm recording new stuff.
April 20th 2016 - Singing on new album of Amute
I'm singing some words on Amute's new album. Check out the song Solar Flames!
January 18th 2016 - Bye Bye Bowie
Played Lady Stardust at a packed Babel in Malmö at their Bowie memorial night.
Rest in peace, hero.
January 7th 2016 - Plans
2015 was really nice, thanks to all of you who supported me during the year. This year, I'm going to
record an album I've been writing on for a very long time. I'm really thrilled and I hope that's a good
sign. More about that later and check for some new shows soon. Take care // Thomas
Ps. My favorite albums of 2015 was: 1) Dwight Yoakam 2) Godspeed You! Black Emperor
3) Mike Krol 4) Daniel Norgren (Alabursy) 5) Nightbird 6) Tvärvägen 7) Cement
8) Leon Bridges 9) Fride Hanberger 10) New Partner
November 19th 2015 - Festival set on TV
Cable network GLIMT is currently broadcasting my show from FOLK&ROCK-festival in Segmon
this summer. And it's also available to watch online @ http://glimt.tv/glimt-folk-rock-i-segmon-im-kingfisher-ep-26/September 30th 2015 - Swedish and Danish shows
Stoked to be opening for Vetiver at Vega:Ideal Bar in Copenhagen (DK) on Wed 7th October,
then over to Café August in Karlstad (S) the 9th and Palatset, Linköping (S) on the 10th.
Will be a great week!
August 24th 2015 - "Captivating", "Leaves no one dissapointed"
Stoked to do a set at this year's MALMÖFESTIVALEN, HELENA ARLOCK played cello on the last
songs and I got some really good mentions in the press.
August 17th 2015 - Great live review
Happy to find this lovely live review in NYA WERMLANDS TIDNING about this year's folk & rock festival
in Segmon. "Glowing", "intense", "strong songs", "impressing guitar technique". Pick and choose. Full
story at : (SWEDISH) http://www.nwt.se/noje/2015/08/16/starkt-program-pa-folk-och-rockJuly 8th 2015 - Malmöfestivalen Announced + more shows
Happy to announce I'm confirmed for Malmöfestivalen, one of Sweden's biggest festivals among other acts like
Alice Boman,Thåström and Matthew E White. Drop by at Gustav Adolf Torg Stage on Fri 21st August at 6pm, it's free.
13 AUG - Folk & Rock Festival Camping Stage, Sävsjön (S)
14 AUG - 9:9, Upperud (S)
15 AUG - Folk & Rock Festival 2015, Segmon (S)
21 AUG - Malmöfestivalen, Malmö (S)
09 OCT - Café August, Karlstad (S)
10 OCT - Palatset, Linköping (S)
03 NOV - Trollhättans bibliotek, Trollhättan (S)
June 16th 2015 - To Navigate,
Thanks Sofie / Firstnighter for letting me sing on the song To Navigate on her
debut album "100 words for fear". Best line "There's a kingfisher on the other side
of the beach, he is slender but he has gold in his beak". Check that out and the whole
April 22nd 2015 - RECORD STORE DAY
Played at RSD @ Bengans in Göteborg last Saturday. Never Understand made a great
write-up and recorded the set. I played 1. In and Out of the Nest 2. Avian 3. Force of Habit
4. Willing Night Plants 5. Silent Spring 6. Sarajevo.
March 23rd 2015 - Safe at Home
3 THINGS I WILL REMEMBER. 1) The tour in Germany with brilliant New Partner
2. New Partner's Anna Brånhede playing pedal steel with me on the songs First in Line
and Possession. 3. The tour closer at Music Star in Norderstedt. Here all in combination.
February 24th 2015 - 7/10 in UNCUT!
Prominent UK music magazine UNCUT gives a great 7/10 review in the newest issue!
"remains one of Europe's hidden prizes"
Plus, a great write-up by Swedish kultursidan.nu (http://www.kultursidan.nu/?p=18970)
on last show in Norrköping. Needless to say that I love this since it puts so focus on
my heel dance! Plus "His guitar technique, where he both strums and picks simultaneously,
is very unique and sounds like two guitars."
February 22nd 2015 - Tv appearance
Last show at Skandia Theatre in Norrköping was recorded (3 angles!) and broadcasted by local tv
24Corren's concert series Estraden. Watch it: http://www.corren.se/24corren/?clip=7784294February 2nd 2015 - Live review "fantastic voice"
Really nice review on 2015's first show (Kafe De Luxe, Växjö) från Smålandsposten. "I'm Kingfisher's voice is
fantastic, especially in the higher notes.
And... did you see that Sweden's biggest evening paper listed My Beak May Break as one of last year's 100
Next up is a theatre show. Skandiateatern in Norrköping on February 12th. The show will also be recorded
and broadcasted in local-tv + be available online.
December 16th 2014 - Live set and yearlists
Really honoured to see Avian reaching to a place#27 on the album list of Rockfoto ("Europe's best in the genre")
And fine americana blog KENTUCKY SEVEN puts it as 6th best
("nothing less than a masterpiece, once again.")
And here's a video of last show @ Trollhättan art hall.
(Set: 1. Force of Habit 2. In and out of the nest 3. Avian (instrumental) 4. Mess Minus Room 5. Willing Night Plants
6. First in Line 7. Topography of Gabon 8. Smile with your 1000 teeth 9. I'm Kingfisher 10. Superman in a wake
ENCORE ----- 11. What me worried?)
November 3rd 2014 - 7/10 in Sonic!
Swedish leading pop magazine SONIC gives Avian a great 7 out of 10 review!
"Innovative and sensitive. Seems genuinly aware of not becoming stagnant."
October 18th 2014 - Avian on tour
Shows coming up!
03 OCT - Debaser Strand, Stockholm (S) w Gruff Rhys
04 OCT - Mejeriet, Lund (S) w Nicole Atkins
22 OCT - Lilla Hotellbaren, Stockholm (S) w/ Bobby Blixt
31 OCT - C/o hak @ Scandic Europa, Göteborg (S)
26 NOV - Grand, Malmö
25 APR 2015 - Mastis, Kristinehamn
September 22nd 2014 - Press quotes!
Summing up a really nice release week's press quotes.
September 17th 2014 - Album release + video premiere
I'm proud to announce that my 5th solo album Avian is released today. Check it out through all streaming and
download services. Avian is also available in a limited vinyl edition.
VIDEO: MY BEAK MAY BREAK (made by Nicholas Wakeham)
We're also having a new music video up on Swedish National tv's music site PSL, where I also talk with renowned
music journalist Per Sinding Larsen. Find it here: http://blogg.svt.se/psl/2014/09/16/120033September 12th 2014 - Aftonbladet gives Avian
First album review! Sweden's biggest evening paper AFTONBLADET gives Avian 4 out 5! Album's released September 17th
September 4th 2014 - Almost there...
2 weeks until Avian is released. Here's two press clips leaking good words.
National Swedish entertainment magazine NÖJESGUIDEN. "Best right now: For the delicous melancholia
Jonsson's beautiful Americana is deliveringe.
Local news paper NYA WERMLANDS TIDNINGEN. "Recommended: After 4 years, Grums' Kingfisher is back
with his strongest song collection to date.
July 30th 2014 - 5TH ALBUM AVIAN OUT SEPTEMBER 17TH July 19th 2014 - Hush hush
Met up with photographer Jessica Silversaga in Stockholm for some exciting 2015 stuff.
July 10th 2014 - TV Appearance w Ramones cover
During a festival in Sweden, I was invited by Swedish TV (SVT) to do a cover, and I chose Ramone's
I Wanna Be Sedated. Enjoy!
June 23rd 2014 - Single reviews
Swedish biggest evening paper Aftonbladet writest about the new single. 4 out of 5 plus.
"I'm Kingfisher's flying higher and higher. New single "Force of Habit" is like a desolate
post card from Damien Jurado's most beautiful moments".
The single was also pick of the week from Nya Wermlands Tidningen (TRIVIA: my best pal to the right,
miss him). "It's midsummer's eve and Jonsson makes me long for September and the release of Avian"
London radio program Tin Can Review aired the song first of all and said "absolutely wonderful"
Swedish alt.folk/indie block KentuckySeven highlighted the song and wrote "immensely good".
The blog 2014 simply wrote "great single".
Force of Habit was also featured in Mark Ward's excellent Australian radio show Sideways Through Sound
Paperwingsmedia wrote "Great folk music .../... has been making consistently great records for a few years now, developing a personal
eclectic and diverse blend of sound.
June 23rd 2014 - AVIAN TEST PRESSING!! June 19th 2014 - FORCE OF HABIT / HEYDAY single out now
The first single from I'm Kingfishers upcoming album Avian is out now. Force of Habit with b-side Heyday are
the first new songs to be released in 4 years. Follow embed link or:
http://open.spotify.com/album/6cq1tYlQ99JAUqS59W5rv0June 18th 2014 - FIRST LISTEN - ROCKFOTO STREAMS THE UPCOMING SINGLE
The folks at Rockfoto stream the upcoming single Force of Habit, due to be released next week. Have a listen!
http://www.rockfoto.nu/magazine/2014/06/18/vaerldspremiaer-im-kingfisher-force-of-habit/June 5th 2014 - ALBUM COUNTDOWN#2 - first single on June 23rd
So whoop thrilled to announce that Force of Habit, the first single from the upcoming album Avian
will be out on June 23rd. This is my first release since 2010 //Thomas
May 22nd 2014 - Kingfishers don't grow on trees
Übercool artist David Myrvold is making some special designed t-shirts for me to wear on stage. This
Kingfisher-in-a-leaf is just pure gold and spot on.
+ Just for the record (!), the new album is currently on vacation in Germany for two months to find itself.
May 3rd 2014 - ALBUM COUNTDOWN#1 - outtake download
Album countdown. A first treat, Heyday, an outtake from the upcoming album Avian (autumn 2014) is available
for streaming and freedownload via Canadian label Pipe & Hat. More to come soon!
TRACK @ https://soundcloud.com/pipeandhat/heyday-demo-masterMay 2nd 2014 - Safe at home
Thanks to all who dropped by at my 9th UK tour. It was a treat to be back at Focus
Wales Festival in Wrexham, and ace to share stage with Spaceships are Cool in Nottingham.
Out 6th show together. See you soon again!
+ Also did this interview with On the Fence
http://onthefenceuk.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/interview-thomas-jonnson-of-im-kingfisher/March 1st 2014 - Upcoming shows
Most focus at the HQ on the upcoming album release, still got some shows coming up this spring, including
a brand new confirmed show in Nottingham.
28 MAR - Café August, Karlstad (S)
05 APR - Club Campfire, Falkenberg (S)
25 APR - Focus Wales 2014, Wrexham (UK)
27 APR - Jam Café, Nottingham (UK)
TBC - Uppsala (S)
January 6th 2014 - Radio Session online + blog mention
My radio sessio at James Hodder's show Tin Can Review (ResonanceFM, London) is now online,
playing Force of Habit, Topography of Gabon and What, Me Worried?, all still unreleased. Check it
out here. Listen at: http://tincanreview.com/2013/12/27/tin-can-review-saturday-14th-december-im-kingfisher/
Also, was really happy to notice that one of south Sweden's most influential rock journalists, Håkan Engström
at Sydsvenskan, was writing about me the other week prior to a show. Except telling there IS AN ALBUM COMING
OUT THIS YEAR, he also wrote:
"Many Neil Youngs fans want to, but there's rather few that's picked to do something unique when they pick up their guitar
and play their songs. I'm Kingfisher is one of them."
("Många Neil Youngfans är kallade, men rätt få är utvalda att göra något eget när de själva greppar sin gitarr och skriver
sina låtar. En av dem är killen som sedan några år kallar sig I’m Kingfisher.")
http://blogg.sydsvenskan.se/engstrom/2013/12/27/is-it-a-bird-ja-faktiskt/December 22nd 2013 - In the 11th hour
Really happy to announce another 2013 show, together with the great Idle Hands at
Far i Hatten, Malmö (S) on Dec 28th. Free entry!
December 18th 2013 - Songs I played 2013
As last year, I had the great honour to compile a top 10 list for Swedish news paper
Värnlands Folkblad. Here's what I liked the most during the year.
December 11th 2013 - Miss UK
Home after the three shows + the radio session. It was really lovely, thanks for coming out.
Right now, my agent and I are planning a more extensive UK trip next year, but have to make
some final decisions about the album release date first. Which is also in the pipeline.
Live @ Windmill Brixton, London
Radio session @ Tin Can Review, Resonance FM, London
The Chattery's wall of fame, in good company with Willy Vlautin,
Otis Gibbs, Handsome Family and others. This was from 2009
... more hoarding stuff
December 1st 2013 - Making some buzz
UK magazine BUZZ, coversing South Wales on the upcoming tour.
UPDATED November 22nd 2013 - December UK-Tour
Incredibly happy to announce some new dates.
NOTE: London venue and date change on Dec 8th at The Windmill.
06 DEC - Le Pub, Newport (UK)
07 DEC - Chattery, Swansea (UK)
08 DEC - Windmill (Brixton), London (UK)
09 DEC - Radio session Tin Can Review, Resonance FM, London (UK) To be broadcasted furthe on
All UK dates with support from my great pal Old Lost John
November 19th 2013 - More Wales
Thomas is announced among the first confirmed acts for Focus Wales 2014. This Welsh,
SXSW-inspired festival takes place in Wrexham late April. Thomas is set for a show case
on April 25th 2014.
October 11th 2013 -Göteborg
This weekend I went doing an unplugged set @ Bushwick Book Club Concept, Göteborg, including a song
called Welcome with Consequense, inspired by the debut novel of Daniel Poohl who read from it the same
evening. Really great night, also including Linn Hansén reading her poetry and Pernilla Eskilsson making the
very cool stage, inspired by Linn's latest poetry collection.
I'm now preparing the release of album#5 + shows in Falkenberg & UK November/December.
September 10th 2013 - Live At Heart done, Göteborg and Falkenberg announced
Really pleased to announce that I'm returning to Göteborg on October 11th, author and
editor of Expo, Daniel Poohl has a reading of his novel. Afterwards, I'll play a short set
including one song inspired by reading the book. Also, on 30th September I'll play at
Club Campfire in Falkenberg.
Below, from the showcase in St Nicolai Church @ Live at Heart 2013, Örebro.
August 23rd 2013 - Live At Heart and N3 coming up
Happy to announce that my main show case @ Live at Heart Festival 2013 will be held at one of
Örebro's biggest churches St Nicolai 10PM at closing night Saturday 7th September. This is the
Swedish equivalent to SXSW and an additional appearance will be made on Brasserie Rendez Vouz
7PM. But before that, I will do a show together with Mine to Keep @ N3 in Trollhättan on August
August 15th 2013 - Ages and fist fights laterAugust 6th 2013 - On the road
Hope to have some more news on the upcoming album soon. We thought we were finished,
but felt we had some more to do. And when the rest of the album already have taken ages to do,
why not keep the ages running for some more time. Keep tunes. In other news, enjoying some
days on the road. Last at the very nice book café Heidrun's in Fensbol. Opened for Nina Ramsby.
Music as a living is really a lot about going for 7 hours in trains and cars to perform for 20 minutes,
hanging out with great persons such as Nina and loving every angle of all travelling/greeting/performing.
It's such a privilige to through good and bad, high and low, being able to keep this train running for
July 20th 2013 - Swedish Summer Shows
Thomas is confirmed to appear at the Live at Heart Festival in Örebro on September 4-7th,
more info tba, keep an eye out at: http://www.liveatheart.se/2013/artister/im-kingfisher.
Thomas will also play at Heidruns, Fensbol on July 28th and at N3 in Trollhättan on August 28th
June 8th 2013 - Bye Bye Netherlands
Home again after a terrific micro tour in Netherlands. My first stay there for five years
included a lovely evening at Theater Dakota in Den Haag (soundcheck below) and a
quck instore appearance at Sounds in Tilburg. Thanks to Paul @ Theater Dakota for
making this happen and all people who showed up. Meant a lot and hope to be back
when the new album is out. Next up after some randow Swedish date is a UK tour in late '13.
April 28th 2013 - Guesting Irya's Playground
Opened at Irya's Playground's album launch and tour starter show @ Mejeriet in Lund.
Also joined them on A Place Where We Can Stay, a song I'm also featured on in the album
version. Very fun even if my throat was a bit rough that day. Looking forward to the two shows
in Netherlands on May 30-31 now, my first Dutch touring in 5 years.
April 10th 2013 - Radio Session
Friday's radio interview in Swedish Radio (SR)
Skip 1:08:00 in, after an intro and Bonnie Tyler there'll be an interview (in Swedish)
and two songs live.
April 8th 2013 - First in Line
Had my annual show back home at the lovely Café August in Karlstad. Thanks to all of you
who came and filled the venue. I've picked up three songs from my debut which was released
10 years ago, here's a cell phone coverage of First in Line. xx
March 18th 2013 - Missing hero
Please Jason Molina, don't be dead. I loved so much singing and dancing to
"Leave the City" at the tribute show at Södra Teatern, Stockholm earlier this year.
I think it's pretty obvious how big an influence Jason Molina is to my music.
March 11th 2013 - Appearance 3 out of 4 2013 /
Collaboration project Forest City's debut album
French label Autres is now releasing the album "Peloton" of Forest City, which is the 3rd album of
A Perfect Friend (Thomas Jonsson & C-J Larsgården), this time teamed up with Christophe Bailleau.
This 7 track album is released in a limited edition of 250 handnumbered copies in a cardboard sleeve.
Info and listen at: http://autresdirections.net/inmusic/forest-city-peloton-listen/
Aside of the recent guest appearances on albums of Thomas Hine and Irya's Playground, Thomas
final appearance of 2013 will be the 5th solo album. Will have some more information about this in
not too long.
March 5th 2013 - Upcoming shows
In a month, Thomas'll do his annual homecoming show @ Café August in Sweden, this also starts
a string of shows prior to the album release later this year. The new album is closing into final mixing
and a selection from this as well as from the 10 years celebrating debut album is to expected on the shows.
05 APR - Café August, Karlstad (S)
20 APR - Moriskan, Malmö (S)
26 APR - guest appearing on Irya's Playground's show, Mejeriet (S)
30 MAY - Theatre Dakota, Den Haag (NL)
31 MAY - Sounds (instore appearance), Tilburg (NL)
A few more shows are tbc, keep an eye out on the tour pageFebruary 21st 2013 - Light in the end of the tunnel. End of Album Recordings
Starting to nail the album recordings, over the last weeks we have had a few really intense sessions. Yesterday, I went to Gustav
Haggren's studio Forte in Malmö to record Helena Arlock's cello (two pictures on the left) and the other week I met up with
Douglas Holmqvist's place Varelsen, Malmö to record a guitar solo of Tias Carlsson (above right). Also, my pal Thomas Hine
sent some harmony vocals all the way from Colorado (below right) and I'm currently awaiting for some contribution of C-J
Larsgården the other half of my side project A Perfect Friend. Still some tweaking to do, but we are definitely closing in to
be finished with the recordings. //Thomas
February 19th 2013 - Södra Teatern Revisited
Yam Magazine on the Södra Teatern show.
"... "I’m Kingfisher took over and played the songs Tigress and Leave the City
in his own Indie/Folk way, featuring his beatnik type of dancing, which I found amusing."
February 8th 2013 - Appearance 2 out of 4 2013 /
Guesting on Irya's Playground
I do some vocals on Irya's Playground's upcoming album (released April), most clearly
heard, the response vocals on their brand new single/video "A Place Where We Can Stay"
February 2nd 2013 - Finally back to The Netherlands
Thomas will do his first stage appearance in the Netherlands for 5 years after an invitation
from Theater Dakota in Den Haag. The show will take place on May 30th.
More news about this soon, keep an eye out for additional appearances.
January 31st 2013 - The Jason Molina Tribute @ Södra Teatern
Loved being a part of the Jason Molina Tribute show at Södra Teatern last monday. I played Tigress and Leave
The City, the latter backed with an amazing band with members of Loney Dear, Ass, The Tiny, Ane Brun's band.
Also really nice to hung out with the other acts; The Tallest Man on Earth (below), Idiot Wind, Muxxika77, Dear
Euphoria, Tarantula Waltz, Promise and The Monster and Grand Opening.
Check out for some photos and videos later.
January 23rd 2013 - Appearance 1 out of 4 2013 /
Guesting on Thomas Hine's album
As I might have mentioned clearly and more than once, 2013 looks like a good year with 4 album appearances; my 5th solo album, plus
the 3rd album related to my band A Perfect Friend and two guest appearances on albums I really like. First up is the brand new album
of my friend, Colorado folkster Thomas Hine with whom I swapped albums for years and years. I'm doing harmony (well) vocals on the
track Ploughman.Listen to it and if you like it, swing by his FB-page for more.
January 22nd 2013 - Je suis martin-pêcheur / French Interview
Thomas is featured in a two page interview in the new issue of French country magazine Le Cri Du Coyote,
it also includes a mention on the cover and some encouraging words, I don't know much french but
who could mistake "Outrageusement talenteux"
Find it here: PAGE 1PAGE 2January 2nd 2013 - Feature in obladoo.se (S)
Extensive article+interview in Swedish site obladoo.se. They even did a best-of-denver/kingfisher-playlist.
Kudos! http://obladoo.se/blog/musik/2013/01/02/i%c2%b4m-kingfisher-lyfter-igen/January 1st 2013 - Feature in Somojo (UK)
A new interview in British site Somojo about polar expeditions, the upcoming album and Project Runway
obsessions. Somojo also took the opporunity to do what's presumably the last ever review on 2010's
Arctic album. " "The release of this musical undergarment is worth its weight in gold. It is every bit as
meaningful as the day it was conceived"
REVIEW: http://www.somojomagazine.com/index.php/music/reviews/item/871-im-kingfisher-arctic?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterDecember 21st 2012 - Year off coming to an end
Dear all, took it a bit calmer this year, partly to be able to focus more on the upcoming album, and partly due
to personal reasons. It's been a really nice year musically nevertheless with eight exceptions/shows, a feature
in the photo book Swedish Musical Landscape, some off-season interviews, songs written and lovely times.
First up for 2012 is that I, Tallest Man on Earth, Dear Euphoria, Tarantula Waltz and some more will do a tribute
show to Jason Molina @ Södra Teatern in Stockholm on Januray 28th. I will also do an appearance in Malmö
and more is cooking. Later this year I'm releasing my 5th solo album, plus an album with a side project Forest
City, plus guest appearing on the forthcoming albums of Irya's Playground and Thomas Hine. I also recently did
interviews with Swedish National Radio and the French country magazine Le Cri Du Coyote about the upcoming
I was also asked by a local news paper to compile a top10 album year list and my favorites this year was
1) Earth 2) Damien Jurado 3) Peaking Lights 4) Cat Power 5) Diiv 6) Beach House 7) Thåström 8) Perfume Genius
9) Lambchop and 10) Bill Fay
Have great holidays. Stay tuned. Thanks.
December 17th 2012 - UPDATE Swedish Radio Feature Dec 15th
THE P2 INTERVIEW W AN ACOUSTIC VERSION OF A NEW SONG IS FOUND AT:
Interview in the studio (Swedish) 17:40 minutes into the program, the song "force of habit" at 25.
At my last day of album sessions, Swedish Radio (P2), visited the studio to check what we were doing.
Interview + an acoustic live version of new song Force of Habit will be heard on Swedish radio P2, Saturday
December 15th, 12.03. The material will be available for streamed listening 30 days after the broadcast. Stay
put for listening link. SR P2 FeliciaDecember 11th 2012 - Going Heartworn Highways
Hanging out for a couple of days with Helena Sundström (Mine to Keep)
December 4th 2012 - IMK confirmed for Jason Molina Tribute Show
I'm Kingfisher, Tallest Man on Earth, Idiot Wind, Dear Euphoria, Tarantula Waltz and many more will do
a charity show in tribute to the music of Jason Molina. This will take place on Jan 28th on the grand theatre
Södra Teatern in Stockholm. Really pleased to announce this.
http://www.sodrateatern.com/sv/Program-och-biljetter/Evenemang/Cross-the-Road-Molina/November 25th 2012 - Arlock Vs. Kingfisher
Met up with Helena Arlock (Me and My Army) on the countryside, starting with her appearances
on the upcoming album. Excited. Had a lovely day yesterday, drinking gluhwein and cuddling with her
November 23rd 2012 - Compilation CD appearance
"Peacock Color Song" from the Arctic album is featured on the brand new Austrian compilation cd
Between The Lines Volume 5. It's released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland today. Other featuring
artists include Van Morrison, The Head and The Heart, Robyn Hitchcock and Wendy McNeill.
Order it here when available: http://www.amazon.com/Between-Lines-Vol-5-Whos-Painting/dp/B009L4G9LA
(Don't mind if you make sure you have the Arctic album first though: Arctic @ Amazon.co.uk)
November 5th 2012 - Van Zandt-cover up on Spotify
Thomas' cover "To Live is to Fly" is finally available, along with the rest of the Townes Van Zandt
tribute album "via the great unknown" (2009), on Spotify
TO LIVE IS TO FLY: http://open.spotify.com/track/63LQIJM5IfYRuRhRcq2enuOctober 23rd 2012 - Concert broadcast / collaboration track
Yesterday, Swedish radio broadcasted a recording from the show in Karlstad earlier this year.
This is archived for a month and can be heard at: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/play.aspx?ljud=4213844
after 3 minutes of news. Selection features the new songs.
+ here's the track Ploughman from Thomas Hine's upcoming album 'Forgive My Future' (2013)
where I'm Kingfisher-Thomas features on harmony vocals.
October 12th 2012 - New collaboration album
coming out: PELOTON of FOREST CITY
A new collaboration project FOREST CITY, with me, CJ Larsgården who's my partner in A Perfect Friend and Belgian
experimental nestor Christophe Bailleau. Has been signed. Look out for the album Peloton later. More news soon.
October 8th 2012 - Thomas Times Two
Just cut some vocals for the next album of Thomas Hine, Colorado folk artist. Expect some
more news soon, the album should be out early 2013.
September 28th 2012 - Summing up 2012
Trollhättan's always been treating me well. Went up for possibly the last show of the year,
had a great meeting and tried a lot of new material out. The set opened with Christ and the
Woman Taken in Adultery, premiered Finale of the Unfinished around midway through and¨
closed with a Force of Habit encore. Cheers!
September 20th 2012 - Collaboration with Irya's Playground
Went to a studio in the outskirts and I cut some harmony vocals that hopefully will appear on
the second album of Irya's Playground. Should be out next year.
September 12th 2012 - Trollhättan show confirmed:
26 September @ N3
Thomas is confirmed to do a free show @ N3 in Trollhättan (S) on 26th September. The evening is shared with friend
and collaborator Mine to Keep (Helena Sundström). (Below): From the September 8th show @ Mejeriet, Lund (S)
September 5th 2012 - Cover version
Prior to the show @ Mejeriet, Lund (S) on saturday. Most memorable question from the Q&A:
"Which cartoon character would you like to make out with?"
The whole interview at: CITY INTERVIEW (Swedish)
August 21st 2012 - Show confirmed at Mejeriet
Another rare show confirmed for 2012. I will open for Over it. Into it @ Mejeriet in Lund (S) on
september 8th. Below: The show at Sliperiet Art Hall in Borgvik.
August 2nd 2012 - Man on the roof
Spent some fine time yesterday in Karlskrona with the talented mr. Gustav Adbåge,
who made most of the photo material accompanying the Arctic album. Now we did a
new session for future use for new albums and beardless times to come.
July 30th 2012 - Back to the nest
Yesterday's show @ sliperiet Exhibition Hall, Borgvik summed up a week of 3 shows
and 2 days finishing the album recordings for me. Will go back to the nest now,
biding my time for a while and then soon have some more news. xx Thomas
July 27th 2012 - Album update + live review
Yesterday, me and my long term producer Carl Edlom finished the vocals and guitars for
the upcoming album in our mobile studio set up in Smedstorp, Sweden. After these two
days of studio sessions, a big step towards completing the whole album is taken. More
The latest show was reviewed in newspaper TTELA with a really nice review. "Got standing
ovations from the seated audience. He sings damn good and plays [guitar] equally well"
Excerpt from the review in Swedish below (minus the quoted bad beard jokes)
July 19th 2012 - Cuz I'm a Kingfisher yes I am
Hectic ten days coming up, playing at two friends' wedding tomorrow, then in Trollhättan
on Sunday (picture), two days in the studio finishing the forthcoming album next week and
show @ Sliperiet in Borgvik (S) on June 29th. See you around. Feels good to be back in the
saddle for a ride.
June 14th 2012 - On the road again
This past weekend, Thomas made one of few shows this year. This time on old home grounds,
back at Café August in Karlstad on June 9th. Trying out two thirds of the songs from the
new album. Check set-list out at: SETLISTSJune 5th 2012 - New UK agent
I'm Kingfisher is now represented for UK/Ireland bookings by Big City Lights,
home for among others Neil Halstead. Expect some dates coming up later
for 2013 touring.
http://big-city-lights-uk.tumblr.com/I'mKingfisherMay 25th 2012 - Cover
I've had my eyes on her for a great while and am now really excited
to have Mexico's Geninne D. Zlatkis doing the artwork for the upcoming
album http://www.geninne.com/May 18th 2012 - Tarantula vs Kingfisher
Me and Markus Svensson (The Tarantula Waltz) wrote a song today and started sketching
on a forthcoming EP together.
May 12th 2012 - Spotify-playlist for Obladoo.se
Compiled a 15-track Spotify playlist for Swedish music site obladoo.se
Shortlink: PLAYLISTMay 7th 2012 - Photo book 'Swedish Music Landscapes'out
Today, I got my copy of Julien Bourgeois' photo book 'Swedish Music Landscapes' covering the
Swedish indie scene. I'm in it and I'm in great company such as of Loney Dear, Dear Euphoria,
Christian Kjellvander, Jens Lekman, Britta Persson and more.
April 27th 2012 - Radio recordings
Swedish Radio (SR) will record the show at Café August in Karlstad on June 9th.
April 19th 2012 - Dear Diary, let me tell you
about my new love for pedals
Nice yesterday, met up for coffee with Mattias (who promoted my first ever band show in '02)
who was briefly in the area. When I returned home I got these two lovely gadgets waiting for
me. Come echo, come buzz.
April 17th 2012 - Studio Activity
Just went back to Douglas Holmquist's studio today to cut some more guest
vocals for Firstnighter's upcoming debut. Lovely song indeed.
April 9th 2012 - Studio vs. Studio
After a brief break, I and my producer Carl Edlom resumed the record sessions for
the upcoming album. We put up our gear in an art studio in the Österlen area in the
Swedish south-east. We had a very prosperous day adding a lot of guitars and even cut
a whole new song. For the first time it feels like stuff are coming to shape.
April 3rd 2012 - Featured in forthcoming French Photo book
The great photographer Julien Bourgeois has over the last years compiled a photo book
featuring the Swedish indie scene. I'm proud and thrilled to be featured in it(!) together
with great favorites such as Dear Euphoria, Loney Dear, Christian Kjellvander, Wildbird and
Peacedrums, First Aid Kit, Jens Lekman, Kristoffer Åström and more. THE BOOK IS OUT IN MAY
and PRE-ORDERS+DETAILS are put at: http://www.microcultures.fr/swedishmusic
March 31st 2012 - Tried the Beardy Material Out
Was stoked to play again, last Wednesday at home grounds, Smålands Nation in Lund (S)
I played 1) Transition 2) Avian 3) What Me Worried? 4) Willing Night Plants 5) The Lion's
Share 6) I'm Kingfisher 7) Arctic Fox Too Majestic For The Tundra 8) Deer Theatre
9) Force of Habit + encores: 10) Expedition 11) Smile with your 1000 teeth
March 23rd 2012 - Breaking the bubble
Though having a year off, I've been very much into the new album lately and also have
confirmed a new show in Karlstad (S) on Jun 9th @ Café August. Super excited to
try new stuff (and some old)
March 5th 2012 - Up with the birds
Although I'm not really touring this year (focusing on the new album recordings),
I'm doing a local show @ Smålands Nation, Lund (S) on March 28th and I'm stoked
The new album is currently going under the project name "THE BIRD ALBUM" and is
the second part of a planned trilogy. This is a sketch over the whole series.
January 2012 - Getty Images BACKSTAGE announced
During Midem music fair this week, Getty Images launched their new music synch resource
BACKSTAGE. We're proud to be on this, not the least 'cause Getty Image music handpicked five
tracks from Arctic to work with.
"GUESTLIST tracks are very selective and consistently refreshed to deliver unique
sound to content creators and music supervisors who are working on highly visible
projects such as trailers, films and commercials.
http://www.gettyimages-guestlist.comJanuary 23rd 2012 - Acoustic "A Continent Lost" on free download
Italian music site Ondarock launches their 5th onlince
compilation OndaDrops Vol.5 - Postcards from the North",
a free download compilation featuring an exclusive acoustic cut
of the song A Continent Lost, originally featured in a band version
on the last album Arctic. Go to the track-list to see and download
For the A Continent Lost (Acoustic version) download it at:
http://www.archive.org/download/OndadropsVol5-ImKingfisher-AContinentLostacousticVersion/03.ImKingfisher-AContinentLostacousticVersion.mp3January 8th 2012 - Fundings for new album
Thanks to Kulturrådet (Swedish Culture Counsile) for giving 30.000kr for production
fundings on the forthcoming album.
December 28th 2011 - Interview with the Useless Critic
Thomas speaks with the Useless Critic about the future, the new album, the album trilogy
and the difference between alt.country and white noise.
http://www.theuselesscritic.com/2011/12/im-kingfisher-interview.htmlDecember 16th 2011 - kingnighterfirstfisher
From a lovely morning with Douglas Holmquist (Testbild) in his studio in Malmö. I've cut some vocals that
(hopefully) will end up on Firstnighters debut album next year. She's amazing and I'm thrilled about this.
December 12th - INTERVIEW WITH THE JITTY (UK)
New interview published @
http://www.thejitty.com/articles/kingfisherinterviewDecember 7th 2011 - WISHES FOR HAPPY HOLIDAYS
As some of you already know, my show in Malmö the 17th will mark the beginning of a calmer peiod for
me touringwise. I will most certainly do the odd show every now and then so keep yourself updated on
the tour page. For next year, I'm going to focus on the recording on my next album, the second part
of my album trilogy, which we already have started recording. I've also written a first draft of
the last part of the trilogy.
Somewhen around late 2012 or early 2013 we will release the new album and I will be back in the
saddle entirely again. I will keep posting stuff here and on the social platforms, got some fun
collab stuff to present soon.
This year has been one of the best for me both musicwise and in general.
Thanks all of you who've been a part of that.
Can't wait for the future.
A BAKER'S DOZEN - MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2011
1. Earth - Angels of Darkness, demons of light
2. Mogwai - Hardcore will never die, but you will
3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
4. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
5. Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
6. Bill Callahan - Rough Travel for a rare thing
7. James Blake - James Blake
8. Loney Dear - Hall Music
9. The head and the heart - S/t
10. The Deer Tracks - The Archer Trilogy Pt.2
11. Jonathan Johansson - Klagomuren
12. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell me
13. Tennis - Cape Dory
14. Ondo/Nekrasov - (Split LP)
UPDATED November 19h 2011 - NEW MUSIC VIDEO: SVALBARD
(/w press quotes)
"The album made it to the best of 2010, and keeps rotating on our lists.
Arctic is an masterpiece. The video is no exception."
"It's definitely a strong one"
JA JA JA (UK)
"Et album som er like vennlig og fint, som låtskriver og mannen bak kunstnernavet;
Thomas Denver Johanson er en hyggelig kar. Hvilket vil si meget."
Here's the fourth and last music video of the album 'Arctic'. The song, entitled 'Svalbard' is featuring
Richard Neuberg (Viarosa) on Mandolin and the man on the ice is Stefan Westling who provided the cover
art for the album. If you like this, please share the link: http://youtu.be/oDi7Vw8fSKU
(if you're up for helping me doing a music video for the album's 7-minute track 'Deer Theatre', get in touch at
November 16th 2011 - CASABLANCA ACCORDING TO THE KIFI
Thomas performed at Pop Quiz Malmö the other day. Aside from his ordinary set he also performed a
cover song of his own pick as a question in Quiz. 2p for right band and 2p for right song. Here's
the answer revealed.
UPDATED October 29th 2011 - NEW UK REVIEWS + 1 INTERVIEW
More really good online press on the UK re-release of Arctic.
* NEWREVIEW: FOR FOLK'S SAKE (UK) "Bon Iver’s alone-in-the-
woods masterpiece For Emma, Forever Ago aside, few albums can boast a
sense of place to match Arctic.
* NEWREVIEW: LIVE MUSIC SCENE (UK) "Jonsson’s ability to weave
beautiful lyrical melodies whilst keeping them poignant is impressive
and he manages to avoid falling into the trap of melodramatic clichés
about love creating a beautiful yet deep artwork that is a true pleasure
to listen to."
* REVIEW: SLOUCHER.ORG (UK) "A wonderful (but creepy) album"
Also check out Sloucher's review for a lot of movie references "You get seven
minutes of wonderful, terrifying musical ideas and the perfect score for a
devastating horrible blizzard tearing the place a new one (or a monster chasing
Kurt Russell…or Tom Baker)." Plus, finally, The Mighty Boosh is mentioned
in a Kingfisher review
* REVIEW: PENNYBLACK MUSIC (UK) "An incredible indie folk act .../...
I feel my life is slightly better each time I listen to 'Arctic'"
* INTERVIEW: PENNYBLACK MUSIC (UK) Pennyblack Music also made an
interview with Thomas, talking about the full concept of 'Arctic' and
about the Swedish pop scene.
* REVIEW (7 out of 10): WHISPERIN' & HOLLERIN' (UK) "As much influenced by the picked,
leftfield dynamics of John Fahey and Bill Callahan as the hushed
vocals of Will Oldham, the record is at once both polite but dramatic,
turning over its ideas, ruminating between topics and within the genre,
track on track .../... An artist by all means, and a talented one,
particularly with his use of guitar."
* REVIEW: ALLGIGS.CO.UK (UK)October 26th 2011 - SONG OF TOMORROW DVD RELEASE
The motion picture Framtidens Melodi ("Song of tomorrow") from 2009 (Swedish cinema premier 2010), that features
the song Possession (duet w. Elina Johansson from the album The Lake Acts Like an Ocean) during the end credits is finally
available on DVD. Swedish, English and French subtitles available as well as directors' commentary. Info and ordering
at: http://folketsdvd.se/framtidens-melodi (In Swedish only)
October 13th 2011 - RADIO SESSION + SHOW REVIEW
Thomas played yesterday at Trollhättan together with his friend Helena Sundström aka Mine to Keep,
whose debutalbum he contributed vocals too a few years ago. The show got a really raving review
in the local newspaper TTELA (in Swedish) "A top class perfomance .../... we saw a kingfisher
transform into an eagle" REVIEW HERE
In the wee morning prior to the show, Thomas did a radio interview and session with P4 Väst,
check it out here (also Swedish)October 3rd 2011 - MORE UK PRESS
British e-zine Electric Ghost puts a nice note prior to Arctic's re-release in UK in mid-Oct
September 30th 2011 - BLOG SESSION
Before the show in Wrexham on September 9th, Thomas played a new song for
the lovely blog We are The Sound
+ SMILE WITH YOUR 1000 TEETHSeptember 23rd 2011 - R2 INTERVIEW
Thomas met up with Gerry Ranson from the UK folk/rock-magazine R2 in London and
an interview is published in their brand new Sep/Oct issue. Read the interview: HERESeptember 14th 2011 - NEW REVIEWS
Thomas have just returned from his 7th UK tour to date. His album 'Arctic' also awaits
a UK re-release in October and new reviews and stuff will be added here frequently.
Folk Radio UK (FRUK) just published a 4 star review @ THEIR WEBSITE
"I’m Kingfisher is clearly ‘in the zone’ with this release. The gentle nature of the music,
experimentation and subtle electronica draw out his incredible voice and lyrics, this is
just the beginning."
Amp Magazine (UK) also published a really raving review.
"There are a lot of singersongwriters in the music industry at present, with Arctic,
I'm Kingfisher has raised the bar and set the standard to the next level for others to attempt to follow."
August 8th 2011 - GOING BACK TO UK
UPDATE SEP 6TH - CARDIFF SHOW RELOCATED TO 10 FEET TALL
First up is shows in Segmon, Malmö and Karlstad. After that, Thomas will go back to UK
for 5 new shows, mostly in Wales.
6 SEP - LONDON/CAMDEN (UK) @ Dublin Castle
8 SEP - CARDIFF (UK) @ 10 FEET TALL(+ Meilir)
9 SEP - WREXHAM (UK) @ The Central Station
10 SEP - HOLYWELL (UK) @ The Well Inn Festival 2011
11 SEP - CHESTER (UK) @ the Telford's Warehouse
June 16th 2011 - DREAMS AT THE FILM CLUB I:
THOMAS TO PERFORM @ MÜNICH FILM FESTIVAL, GERMANY JULY 2ND
Thomas has been invited by the Swedish Film Institute to perform at the public afterparty
on the last evening of the festival, July 2nd. SFI, who except arranging the concert also
screens a lot of Swedish quality movies during festival, among others a full retrospective
of Roy Andersson's movies. Thomas shares the bill @ Gasteig will Hellsingland Underground
and everything starts at 8PM.
DREAMS AT THE FILM CLUB II:
THE SONG 'POSSESSION' IN NEW SWEDISH MOVIE
Thomas song 'Possession' (as Thomas Denver Jonsson) is featured in it's entirety in the end credits of the
movie "Framtidens Melodi (Song of Tomorrow)" which was premiered on Swedish cinemas last friday. The movie,
originally released 2009, has been touring a lot around the world at Film Festivals and have gathered prizes
and raving reviews (for an example the award "Best Actor" on Mexico City's Film Festival.
May 31st 2011 - ACOUSTIC SESSION + INTERVIEW
Thomas is currently halfway through his tour and has now joined up with Christian Kjellvander, Boy Omega
and The Tarantula Waltz for a week's touring in Austria & Croatia. Earlier this month, he did a show in
Leuven, Belgiun and had the ace filmer Jeroen Jullet follow his every step for a day. It resultet in this
feature + live footage + interview + Thomas playing Whale Hunt + Svalbard live in a staircase. Listen to that
May 25th 2011 - REVIEW & INTERVIEW WITH US DIRTY IMPOUND
Thomas is interviewed by US blog Dirty Impound and also got a really tasty review on his
"Arctic, I’m Kingfisher’s tantalizing debut ...//... is a meditative, melancholy
trek but one flecked with humor and oddly beveled poetry, a relative to Iron & Wine,
Damien Jurado and most especially M. Ward"
http://www.dirtyimpound.com/2011/05/impounded-inquiries-im-kingfisher/May 23th 2011 - IN THE STUDIO MAKING ALBUM 5
Just a short note that I and Carl Edlom have had our first studio session recording stuff
for my future 5th album. I guess there will be reason to get back more about this when we're
closing to finishing, which speaking from experience can be an extremely long process.
Bottom line is that I'm really happy though to be on it again, I forecast the next album to
be warmer and for this one and I have way much more material that made the final cut than
we're able to squeeze in, which will be a really delicate problem later on to make the final
Next up (if the Icelandic volcano cloud won't hinder me), is the European 9 date tour in
UK/Austria/Croatia starting on thursday. Can't wait. I'm so excited to get out again.
I've just had a talk with (INTERVIEW) Nottingham Live about the show on Friday.
May 19th 2011 - 4 STAR REVIEW IN R2 (UK)
also, don't miss out Thomas' UK/AUSTRIA/CROATIA-TOUR May 26 - June 4
and the recent 4 STAR REVIEW in Uncut (UK)
May 12th 2011 - UPCOMING UK/AUSTRIA/CROATIA-TOUR
updated May 16th change location for the show May 28th
After playing Belgium last week and opening for Band of Heathens in Malmö yesterday, next
performing task for Thomas will be embarking on a 9-date European tour taking him to UK,
Austria and Croatia between May 26th and June 4th. The dates in Austria and Croatia will be
together will fellow Swedes Christian Kjellvander, Boy Omega and The Tarantula Waltz.
26 MAY - LONDON (LEYTONSTONE) (UK) @ What's Cookin' @ The North Star
27 MAY - NOTTINGHAM (UK) @ The Walk (+ Rob of Spaceships are Cool)
28 MAY - WREXHAM (UK) Focus Wales 2011 @ Central Station
30 MAY - GRAZ (AT) @ Forum Stadtpark
31 MAY - WIEN (AT) @ Szene
01 JUN - LINZ (AT) @ Posthof
02 JUN - DORNBIRN (AT) @ Spielboden
03 JUN - ZAGREB (HR) @ SC Teatar & TD
04 JUN - INNSBRUCK (AT) @ Bäckerei
Thomas will do a few shows in Sweden during the summer and more dates are on their
way. Keep updated for newly confirmed shows over at the: TOUR-PAGEMay 4th 2011 - NEW VIDEO: A CONTINENT LOST
First of two music videos signed Carl Edlom (producer of 'Arctic') and Johan Eklund,
we give you 'A CONTINENT LOST'. Enjoy!
+ A really good UK review over at: Netrhytms.
The reviewer draws references to great guitarists like John Martyn, John Fahey, M Ward, Jason Molina
and Neil Young.
++ Cery Matthews at BBC6 recently played 'Feline Funeral' from the album on her show.
Apr 28th 2011 - ARCTIC GETS 4/5 IN UNCUT
In the new issue of british UNCUT, Arctic is reviewed twice (!). Rob Hughes writes
"Has been knocking out fine records for almost a decade .../... his tremolous voice
[is] still hugely affecting. Colleague Mike Houghton writes "Jonsson deserves to be
singled out .../... 'Willing Night Plants' inhabits the same doomy world as Neil Youngs'
Apr 24th 2011 - DAMIEN JURADO-TOUR REVISITED
Thomas has just returned from his week supporting Damien Jurado in Sweden/Denmark and
he has got some really good reviews and mentions:
* First, the show at Södra Teatern, Stockholm was recorded and is available to listen to at:
http://www.gimmeindie.se/live/konsert/imkingfisher/ (click on the play symbol)
Gimme Indie writes: "One of the most humble and completely brilliant artists we've got"
* US renowened music site Jambase.com has a raving review up at:
"The fathoms deep feeling and gently leaping poetic language of Jonsson’s work is one of those
magical, humanizing sounds". The article also contains a short interview where Thomas among other things
reveals his dancing skills!
* Danish Diskant.dk reviewed the show in Copenhagen. Gave it 9 out of 10 and wrote
"A magic evening with two unique musicians"
* Swedish Rockfoto.nu listed the gig as one of the best forthcoming shows and wrote that Thomas' album
Arctic was "one of the best Swedish albums of last year"
* Thomas was also interviewed by Swedish radio P4 (Swedish only)
"A big voice in a small body"
* Finally, Thomas made an acoustic appearance (above) for the French music site Le Cargo, who in the
article says that Arctic is one of the best folk albums of this year.
http://www.lecargo.org/spip/i-m-kingfisher/session-acoustique-273/article7038.htmlMar 11th 2011 - TOURS WITH DAMIEN JURADO &
CHRISTIAN KJELLVANDER + SOME RECENT REVIEWS
Really happy to announce that Thomas will support Damien Jurado on his shows in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Göteborg
and Malmö in April and will also go on tour with fellow Swedes Christian Kjellvander, Boy Omega and Tarantula Waltz
in Austria and Croatia in May/June. The dates + for the aforementioned Belgian appearance and a few random Swedish
shows are all up at the Tour page
+ Arctic just got a really raving 4/5 review at Athen's Voice -
'the largest free-press weekly newspaper in Greece'. "Thomas Jonsson has just sucked all the aesthetic philosophy
of folk and americana, but has made it his own. He lives within it and therefore can and transform into something
so beautiful, so sweet, so personal, so crucial and so convincing that it is impossible to believe that this guy
is from Sweden."
Also some recent really great Belgian reviews @
""First, the album is clearly 'folk', but you can also describe it as a kind of
Scandinavian-rock because it really comes close to some of the sounds of Icelandic
colleagues Sigur Ros'"
(4/6) "Spans from lo-fi á la M Ward to synth-driven music á la Mogwai.
The result is a remarkable singer/songwriter-album"
- Soundslike.beFeb 14th 2011 - VIDEO PREMIERE:
SMILE WITH YOUR 1000 TEETH + LIVEFeb 9th 2011 - SHOW IN BELGIUM /
GREAT BELGIAN REVIEWS (updated)
Thanks to Roel @ Live Nation, Thomas will get back to Belgium for a solo show for the
first time in 5 years, when he plays @ Stuk/Petit Labo in Leuven May5th. Keep updated
for possible adds to the schedule.
As reported earlier, the new album "Arctic" has received very good reviews in Belgium's
biggest news papers since the release there a couple of weeks ago.
Translated quotes below, click on each reference for original reviews.
"Would be a new favorite from the alternative US scene if it wasn't for the fact
that he's from Sweden. Sounds a bit like The Courage of others of Midlake when
putting acoustic folk, electric and electronic sounds, strings or brass over
very good songs, fevered, luminous and melancholy, that evoke a north pole
expedition during the global warming.
- L'Avenir (BE)
"Certainly one early 2011 album for everyone who listens to Port O' Brien, Bon Iver,
The National and M Ward. The Swede is touching, poetic, lyrical and magic."
- DH (La Dernière Heure) (BE)
"Reminds of Bon Iver and Bonnie Prince Billy and we could honestly never have
guessed that a Swede could behind this music. A mature album of an experienced
and talented songwriter"
- De Standaard (BE)
"He dreams about great american views and we dream
with him, from start to beginning a flawless disc"
- Le Soir (Le Mad) (BE)
"This album is a revelation, because every song
has something original and innovative to offer
.../... an album to cherish"
- Rootstime.be (BE)
"'Arctic' baths in a glacier atmosphere, the guitars seems to have icicles instead
of strings and his voice also seemingly reverbs againt an ice surface. It's a successful
scene setting that warms the heart"
- Knack (BE)Jan 24th 2011 NEW COLLABORATION: BROTHERS & SISTERS BOOKING AGENCY
Thomas now works with the Swedish booking agency Brothers & Sisters who also
have indie acts such as Simian Ghost, In These Woods and Leaders Off on their
roster. BROTHERS&SISTERS WWWJan 17th 2011 NOMINATED FOR MUSIC AWARD
Thomas is nominated for the Swedish music prize Manifest in the category Best
Singer/Songwriter. The winner is announced at the Manifest Gala @ Nalen in
Stockholm February 4th.
Jan 13th 2011 LATVIAN SHOWS NEXT WEEK
Thomas will return to Riga next week to perform for the first time since 2007.
The tour includes two solo shows, one guest appearance on a show with his great
friend Goran Gora and a radio session. Please, make yourself updated regarding times
and prices. This tour is put together in it's entirety by Goran Gora + his management.
19 JAN - Radio 101, Riga (LV) (Radio Session)
19 JAN - Sapnu Fabrika, Riga (LV) (Guest appearance on Goran Gora's show)
20 JAN - Club "Perle", Riga (LV)
22 JAN - I Love You Bar, Riga (LV)
Dec 22th 2010 ROUND UP / FAVORITE ALBUM OF 2010 LIST
Just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays. I also wanted to take a moment
to thank you all who've come to the shows or listened to the songs of the
album. 2010 sure was a really nice experience for me and I have big hopes
for 2011 becoming a keeper.
Here are my fav albums of the year, a bit revised compared to the list published
at It's a trap some weeks ago where I somehow forgot Yrsel and Mynabirds great debuts.
01. Damien Jurado - St Bartlett
02. Sleigh Bells - Treats
03. Mogwai - Special moves
04. Beach House - Teen dream
05. Dear Euphoria - This night will flee
06. Samantha Crain - One
07. The Mynabirds - What we lost in the fire we gained in the flood
08. Yrsel - Requiem For The Three Kharites
09. The National - High violet
10. Sufjan Stevens - The age of Adz
11. I Was a King - Old friends
12. The Unwinding Hours - s/t
13. Birds of Passage - Without the world
2011, starts for me with a show at home in Lund, then to a small tour in Latvia in January,
in the end of January, my back catalog will get a digital re-release + last album will come
out again physical. But most I guess it means that all the catalog will be available on Spotify.
Then in February, Arctic will be released in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland,
Belgium and Luxembourg. In March the album will come out in UK, which I really look forward
to. Keep updated on the website for upcoming tours.
Merry Christmas and all the best wishes for a great 2011.
Dec 22th 2010 ARCTIC ON TOP
Arctic has been mentioned in Swedish magazines' and sites' top lists over the year's best
music. Here are some:
#10 - AFTONBLADET (Sweden's biggest evening paper) #3 - JOYZINE.SE (Anders Nilsson) #3 - GAFFA (Emma Rastbäck) #8 - ABSOLUTE NOISE (FR) (list over best music videos) #10 - VÄRMLANDS FOLKBLAD #11 - JOYZINE.SE (Nina Torbacke) #7 - NYA WERMLANDS TIDNINGENDec 9th 2010 ARCTIC'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE DATESBenelux Feb 14 via V2
Germany/Austria/Switzerland Feb 25 via Edel Distribution
UK March 7th via Essential Music
Except for our distributors we also work with the fine people @ John Crosby PR (UK)
and Dirk Laubringer @ Guerilla Music (Germany/Austria/Switzerland) for external PR.
Nov 30th 2010 PRE-RELEASE UK REVIEW - 8/10 in Americana UK
We're currently preparing the UK release, all info about it soon, for somewhen early 2011. Glad to notice
that good people over at Americana UK, not only were aware of the Swedish release and made an early UK
review about it, but also gave it a 8 out of 10. " Sweden produces another excellent export - the new musical
guise of Thomas Denver Jonsson ...//... There are great songs, interesting arrangements, lovely
touches of strings and guitar flourishes."
REVIEW IN FULL HERE
Americana UK + Maverick Magazine compiles a top album list where Arctic has made it to the top10 for two months
in a row. And again folks, the album is due to get a proper UK release spring 2011.
Nov 14th 2010 TOUR PHOTO ALBUM + SETLISTS UPLOADED
Thomas has just finished his Scandinavian tour with Ed Harcourt and will continue with shows
in Stockholm (17.11), Malmö (27.11 w Anna Von Hausswolff), Trollhättan (12.12) and more are tbc.
TOUR PHOTO ALBUM and SET LIST PAGE are updated. Check TOUR PAGE for upcoming shows.
Nov 13th 2010 NEW ALBUM "ARCTIC" IS OUT NOW ON PLAYGROUND MUSIC!!
Thomas' 4th solo album "Arctic", the first under the new name I'm Kingfisher is now out on Playground Music
in Scandinavia. All info over @ DISCOGRAPHY. Order information (also for international customers)
over @ SHOP. Arctic is also coming out in a deluxe edition with the extra 3-track EP "Antarctica".
The whole album is streamed @ SPOTIFY
The first reviews have also been published. This note will be frequently updated.
"Viktigare än någonsin" ("More important than ever")
- Aftonbladet (S)
"Et lille mesterværk" ("A little Masterpiece")
- GAFFA-DK (DK)
"Storslaget och intimt" ("Grandiose and intimate")
- Metro (S)
"Jonssons röst kan smälta is" ("Jonsson's voice can melt ice")
- Upsala Nya Tidning
"En fandens smuk cd" ("A damn beautiful album")
"Närmar sig fulländning" ("Approaching perfection")
- Värmlands Folkblad (S)
"Et af årets stærkeste og mest dragende mesterværker" ("One of this year's strongest masterpieces")
- Diskant (DK)
5/6 - GAFFA-SE (S)
6/10 - Sonic (S)
4/6 - Nöjesguiden (S)
4/6 - Soundvenue (DK)
4/5 - Smålands Tidning (S)
4/5 - Värnamo Nyheter (S)
Oct 12th 2010 THOMAS TO SUPPORT ED HARCOURT'S NOVEMBER TOUR
Thomas is confirmed to open for Ed Harcourt's shows in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. All in all six
shows in Copenhagen (3.11), Malmö (4.11), Göteborg (5.11), Uppsala (6.11), Stockholm (8.11) and Oslo (9.11)
Find all dates and venues at the tour pageOct 7th 2010 MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
Right now, the music video of the single "Willing Night Plants", directed by Nicholas Wakeham is
premiered by Playground music at their blog
Check it out and leave a comment.
Sep 28th 2010 Music Video Teaser / Video Interview with birdguides.com
Thomas talked recently with UK avian site birdguides.com about the upcoming album,
the name change and the soon-to-be released music video. A teaser of it is included in the clip. Enjoy!
http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=2320Sep 25th 2010 - First album review! 6/10 in Sonic (S)
Swedish renowned music magazine Sonic gives the forthcoming album 6 out of 10. A really
nice OK review where the reviewer though "missing the last piece before he'd be fully motivated
to care about Thomas' further adventures" still claims "With Thomas debut,  we knew
instantly we were dealing with a talent about to find his own expression in a over-represented
genre, he's still on that path".Sep 20th 2010 - OUT NOW: Digital Single "Willing Night Plants"
Today, Playground Music is releasing the digital single "Willing Night Plants", which is the first
music to be released under Thomas' new musical alias I'm Kingfisher.
Listen @ Spotify
Buy @ I-tunes and Amazon (link to UK, check your local Amazon).
In a month, the new album "Arctic" is released. (cd/digital/2CDltd.ed)
Sep 4th 2010 - NICE MENTION IN AFTONBLADET (S)
Swedish news paper Aftonbladet made a nice mention about Thomas' song Svalbard yesterday.
"Like a beautiful clash between Songs:Ohia and Damien Jurado".
http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/article7721345.abAug 19th 2010 - NEW ALBUM 'ARCTIC' TO BE RELEASED OCT 18TH 2010
Thomas' 4th solo album 'ARCTIC' will be released in Scandinavia + Balt States by
Playground Music on Oct 18th on digipack cd, digital and in a signed limited
edition with a 3-trk bonus-EP. (cover art above, more info soon)
Jul 26th 2010 - THOMAS SIGNED ON PLAYGROUND MUSIC
Kite Recordings, who have released all Thomas' cds has begun a collaboration with Playground
Music, one of Sweden's leading and biggest indepent labels. The deal will involve both distribution
of Kite's catalog and exclusive license releases, such as of Thomas' forthcoming album 'ARCTIC'.
Which also is the first cd to be released since he changed his stage name from Thomas Denver Jonsson
to I'm Kingfisher.
Jul 23rd 2010 - A PERFECT FRIEND TO TOUR FRANCE/BELGIUM IN OCT
Thomas Jonsson's and C-J Larsgården's indietronica-duo A PERFECT FRIEND is about to embark on a mini tour
in France and Belgium in Sep/Oct. APF has released two full-length albums ('s/t' 2007, 'Timber and Modern
Ways' 2009) and plays Metz-FR (30.9), Dijon-FR (2.10), Lyon-FR (3.10), Liege-BE (4.10). ---> infoJul 5th 2010 - NEW NAME, NEW WEBSITE WWW.IMKINGFISHER.COM
After the show in Fensbol, Thomas changed his stage name to I'm Kingfisher (formerly Thomas Denver Jonsson)
and therefor that'll be the name that the forthcoming album 'ARCTIC' is being released under. Hence,
the website URL will now be imkingfisher.com but the old thomasdenver.com will still working for ages
and ages in order to redirect to the new site.