Simon Thoumire and David Milligan


Simon Thoumire and David Milligan

third flight homeI first met Dave in the nineties through his wife and musician Corrina Hewat who joined Seannachie after I left. We first performed together as part of David Francis’s Christmas Shows in Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall. I remember we played God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Dave also took part in my Music for A New Scottish Parliament composition in 1999 the same year we performed at the Flowers of Edinburgh concert in the Pleasance Theatre.

We made our first CD in 2001 – The Big Day In. We were both working closely with Dave Grey of Soundcafe studios at the time and Dave M was offered 1 day of recording with a piano inbetween studio sessions. We decided to record the album in a day. I remember my arms were really sore at the end of the day. We called it The Big Day In because of 1 day recording but also Wallace and Gromit had just released the cartoon Big Day Out and the words seemed to fit.

We played quite a few gigs after this including some great concerts in France, Finland, Canada and Germany.

We made the second CD in 2006. It was called Third Flight Home and we recorded that in 2 days (again at SoundCafe)! It is called Third Flight Home because of the tune of same name written by my wife Clare McLaughlin. Clare also played it with us on the recording. Dave M did a great job of coming up with the cover concept of us aboard a plane. We weren’t though and Dave used photos from Louis DeCarlo and ‘photoshopped’ us into the seats.

Short Biography
Simon Thoumire is a concertina player and composer who has performed all over the world. He has made many CDs with fabulous musicians including most recently Ian Carr and David Milligan. Simon has spent the last decade working with Hands Up for Trad who organise the Scots Trad Music Awards, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award, Scotland Sings and many other projects designed to promote Scottish music. Dave Milligan, born and raised in the Scottish Borders, is a pianist whose musical imagination flows freely between jazz improvisation and the traditional airs and dance meters of his native Scotland. Together Simon and Dave have made two CDs – The Big Day In and Third Flight Home.

Watch us play live in Orkney’s The Reel.

Read more about Dave Milligan.

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