Robert Thomas is a noted Canadian lyricist and songwriter.
Over a career spanning 43 years (and counting), Thomas’ work has been solicited by the Government of Canada, Government of New Brunswick, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Canadian Television Network, NPR, and recognized by the East Coast Music Association and SOCAN.
Thomas’ songs have been published by Capitol Records, Matt Lindsay Music, Gas Records (USA), Atlantica Music and Coldwater Music. His instrumental scores have been aired by CTV Sports, Skate Canada, The CBC, The Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Seven Eleven and Air Canada.
As a performing songwriter, Thomas is a four-time East Coast Music Association nominee and in 2023, he and his stellar band, the sessionmen were nominated as Entertainers of the Year by the ECMA. Thomas has written, performed and recorded across many genres with a number of Canada’s most beloved A-list artists including, Barney Bentall, The Legendary Hearts, Spirit of the West, Garnet Rogers, Susan Aglukark, Roche Voisine, Ryan’s Fancy, Hagood Hardy, Ron Hynes and Lina Boudreau.
Thomas currently lives in Atlantic Canada with his two sons Selby and Noah and is on the road for 50 shows a year in Canada, The U.S. and Europe. In 2022, Robert Thomas and the sessionmen (Ray Legere, Jon Arsenault and Max Forbes), performed to 24 consecutive standing ovations and they continue the trend, wowing audiences at every stop in 2023.
“An evening with Robert Thomas and the sessionmen blends compelling songwriting with impeccable acoustic musicianship and wonderful storytelling… not to be missed.”
Lara Pallis, Subterranea, London, UK
“Impressive musicianship, so clean, so solid and full of life and energy. I love ‘em!”
Barbara Cloyd – Host, The Bluebird Café, Nashville
The Americana Music Association
“John Prine meets Harry Chapin meets Stan Rogers, wow. A special evening!”
Jorgen Gaute, Pur/Vinotek, Berchtesgaden, Germany
“If Stuart McLean could write songs and sing, this is what it would sound like…”
Peter Gzowski, CBC Morningside
“In a class of their own, Robert Thomas and the sessionmen personify songwriting and storytelling. With each of the sessionmen wielding their own list of accomplishments, magic happens when they join forces with Robert. His lyrics and melodies are unmatched and written to be performed Live. Great in every sense of the word!”
Katie Schurman, CHSR 97.9FM, Fredericton, Canada
“The show was absolutely fantastic and the musicianship, stellar. To hear such great stories presented musically by their creator was a special treat. I knew the minute I saw the performer lineup it would be an amazing event, but it turned out to be amazing++.”
Hal Pennell, The Tipsy Muse, Fredericton, Canada
“Robert Thomas and the sessionmen have mastered the art of translating stories into nostalgic musical delights. A must see band for anyone who loves great music.”
Ashley Henwood, Artistic Director, AX arts and culture centre of Sussex, Canada