Les Thomas announces a celebration of our brave firefighters in fundraising release, ‘Firies’ Song’

‘Firies’ Song’ was written by Melbourne singer-songwriter Les Thomas on the 31st of December, 2019 while this summer’s horrific bushfires were at their peak in Southern NSW and Far Eastern Victoria. What started with a few simple lines of verse, has grown into an authorised volunteer firefighters fundraising track, expressing deep gratitude and admiration for the work being done on the front lines. ‘Firies’ Song’ will be available as a

The Great Betrayal (Rojava)

The Great Betrayal: A song of solidarity for Rojava

Donald Trump’s October withdrawal of US troops from the Rojava region of north-east Syria, home to the Kurdish allies who fought off Isis, and the subsequent Turkish invasion, created an instant humanitarian catastrophe with more than 300,000 internally displaced people already. Melbourne singer-songwriter Les Thomas quickly wrote and recorded The Great Betrayal (Rojava) to highlight the plight of those in the region. “If ever there was a time for global

Les Thomas announces June 2017 Residency: Fridays at the Kingsbury Bowlo June Residency 2017

Every Friday night in June, Kingsbury Bowls Club presents Les Thomas with very special guests June 2 w/ Bill Jackson  June 9 w/ Frank Jones (Whirling Furphies) and Alison Ferrier June 16 w/ Justin Bernasconi and Cat Canteri  June 23 w/ Jed Rowe June 30 w/ Small Town Romance and Damon Smith Free entry, 7:30pm each week at Kingsbury Bowling Club, Arch Gibson Reserve Dunne Street, KINGSBURY

Letter to Barack Obama: It’s time to close Guantanamo

January 11, 2015 marked 13 years since the opening of US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As part of the international campaign for its closure, Dr. Aloysia Brooks, torture prevention advocate, and songwriter and human rights advocate, Les Thomas, have released the song ‘Guantanamo Blues’ as a free download and Youtube video featuring artwork from Molly Crabapple and video editing by Cathy Vogan. The song is accompanied by an

Les Thomas “Survivor’s Tale” Sydney album launch announcement

Melbourne singer-songwriter and activist Les Thomas will be launching his “Survivor’s Tale” album at the Petersham Bowling Club on Sunday, November 9 with supports from Darren Cross, Lisa Caruso and Not Good With Horses. Les Thomas is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, activist and storyteller in the tradition of people like Woody Guthrie, Steve Earle and Billy Bragg, telling stories through songs and addressing injustices of present-day Australia with an underlying message of hope.

It’s time we ended the stigma of depression

Robin Williams’s death has prompted an avalanche of comment about depression and suicide, most of which has been sympathetic, celebrating what he generously gave the world through his art, but some of it has been blindly judgmental. When depression is ignorantly derided as a bad lifestyle choice, being too left wing according to Rush Limbaugh, and suicide is branded cowardice on major news outlets, it’s very clear that the stigma

“Budget Reply (Hey Joe)”: A song to bust the budget to be released, Monday, June 23

“Budget Reply (Hey Joe)” by Les Thomas is Australia’s first musical response to Joe Hockey’s deeply unpopular 2014 Budget. The song is a direct and witty protest against cuts targeted at the young, the unemployed, the elderly, Indigenous programs, Medicare, education, science and the environment, all with a catchy earworm of a chorus. The release is especially timely with polls showing three out of four Australians feel they will be

Seeking not-for-profit/fundraiser gigs in France and England, July 2014

Dear friends, I’ll be visiting France and England for the first time this July with my family. Though the main reason for the trip is to visit friends and relations, it would be crazy not to line up some small, strictly not-for-profit or fundraiser shows with all proceeds to refugee advocacy or similar causes. I know London and Paris have significant Tamil communities and given that a lot of my

Hey Joe, don’t you know? You’re gonna hear our budget reply!

Last Sunday saw the first large protests against Joe Hockey’s disgraceful first (and hopefully last) budget and I was very happy to be able to perform “Budget Reply” which was written the day after the budget was delivered. Of course, no one that I know expected kindness from the Abbott government, as they’d been making a huge amount of noise into the lead up, but the aggression of stripping social

A march of a thousand miles begins with a single step

  Three days on from March in March and I’m still buzzing from the experience. In the last 19 years I’ve probably been to more rallies than polite company would tolerate, but there are a number of things that make March in March significantly different and inspiring. The first is that fact that it was organised by people with no previous experience, but they understood the need for action beyond