“In the folk tradition of Woody Guthrie, Les Thomas doesn’t simply sing a story about a stranger, he learns their story, helps give them a voice and uses the medium of music as advocacy. Currently a lot of people get named and promoted as the next great folk artist, but it is people like Les Thomas that keep the origins of folk forefathers alive and true.” Lauren Duiker, The Orange Press

“Les Thomas is a good man – his heart, his politics and his musical voice are drawn from the same passionate well.” Michael Waugh

“Les Thomas has been one of the finest and most active members of the music community which I call home since before I knew it existed.” Lachlan Bryan

“A superb artist. A real giver.” Tim Thorpe, Vital Bits, 3RRR

Les Thomas is a poetic country-folk and Americana singer-songwriter and storyteller from Naarm/Melbourne. His music is inspired by greats like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle and Hank Williams as well as local legends like Archie Roach, Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly. Noted for his passionate and engaged live performances, Les never hesitates to commit to the stories and people he sings about.

His debut single ‘Song for Selva’ is based on a letter from a Tamil asylum seeker who had been detained without charge for 37 months. After strong community radio support for the song in the first week after its release, Selva was removed from Broadmeadows detention centre into “community detention”.

Les is currently working on a follow up album with plans to release in 2022.

The ‘Survivor’s Tale’ album was released on November 9, 2013 and has been described as “an incredible collection of songs” (Denise Hylands, 3RRR) with an exceptional line-up of musicians including Jeff Lang, Ashley Davies, The Stillsons and more.

You can order “Survivor’s Tale” via
iTunes: http://goo.gl/U1xqxJ
Bandcamp: http://goo.gl/m2DCYC
Waterfront Records: http://goo.gl/fxPSWK