What the clients have said.
I hadn't met Lorna or knowingly heard her play before until the rehearsal for Barry Gordon's 'Inside/Outside' album. Now I don't profess to be a technically proficient bass player myself but I have a deep understanding and connection with it's role in the rhythm section. I don't think that the bass should have a passive role merely holding down the bottom end and playing just the root of the chord. I want to hear embellishment and musicality connecting the dots which all the best bass players bring to the party and as we started to work Lorna did that and I loved everything she came up with.
The role of the producer in music is like that of a director in film, in that you are trying to get the best out of all the musicians whilst staying true to an overall vision of how it all fits together as a sonic picture. From the start, any idea that I suggested to Lorna she took on board, bettered and made her own, playing with great personality, character and enthusiasm. The last quality being essential in making records together with other players. Lorna was a joy to work with and I look forward to the next time.
“Having worked with hundreds of musicians over the years, I’ve always found Lorna to be one of the most adept, intelligent, and trusted professionals around.
“Skilful and responsive in her playing, cheery and positive in her manner, it doesn’t surprise me her artistic expertise is in consistent demand.
“In short: a confident, highly likeable, highly reputable ‘go-to’ musician... on anyone’s list.”
- Barry Gordon (Sunday Mail)
"Lorna Thomas is cool. I say that in every sense of the word. She’s a joy to work with -
a talented and incisive bass player/musician. She goes the extra mile with a great work ethic but is also laid back in a relaxed way. One of the best!"
- Horse McDonald
“Lorna Thomas was an absolute delight to have in the band of Cruel Intentions on the Edinburgh Fringe. She was a true professional, a fantastic player, and such a lovely person to work with.
The circumstances surrounding fringe venues are not always ideal, even some of the better ones, but Lorna was always looking on the positive, and was rarely seen without a smile. She was a joy to work with, and an incredibly talented musician. Any musical direction I gave was taken on immediately, and when there were any issues with the show, she helped make my job so much easier.
She is at the top of my go-to list of bass players and I would hire her again in a heartbeat as I can not recommend her enough.”
Sarah Morrison - MD Cruel Intentions
"One of the very best bassists I've worked with ... Lorna comes up with bass riffs and parts you'd never suspect and always plays for the song! A sublime musician and a genuine pleasure to work with - genius!"
- Gerry Diver - Award winning producer, Musician and Composer.
"Having worked alongside some of the best bass players in the UK, I feel honoured to have Lorna in my band.
She is an asset to any rhythm section, combining solid playing with creative subtlety"
- Jill Jackson
" I have recorded many musicians in the studio over the years. The norm is to chat over what 'will' be played on the track, and then they make some takes (usually quite a few). My experience with Lorna was not the norm. She had done her homework, knew exactly not only what she wanted to play, but also what fitted the track, hand-in-glove. A tight bassline followed in one take with alternative parts suggested by her also captured very quickly. Lorna Thomas is an instinctive, creative, prepared and ego-less musician who will bring your tracks to life and add wonderful energy to your studio in the process.”
- Al James - Songwriter/Producer
"A fine and unique musician, she can drive a rhythm section or create a sensitive solo."
- Scott Charles, singer/songwriter
"The festival was opened by Logan's trio featuring Lorna Thomas on bass whom he introduced
as "my lovely bass player" and whose performance was simply excellent."
(Michael Seiz in bluesnews 68 about the AndersWelt Guitar Night in Landstuhl, Germany)
"Lorna understands the writer's vision, therefore creates original and distinctive bass lines
while retaining her own unique sound"
- Sandra MacBeth
"Lorna has excellent feel, timing and technical ability and was an absolute pleasure to work with
in the studio and live"
- Donna Maciocia
"She's solid, grooves and rocks with the best of them!
Love having her on stage with me and delighted she's on my latest album"
- Willie Logan Blues Guitarist
"Lorna is a fantastic bass player and all round gorgeous lady! She stepped in with the choir for one of our recent gigs
and she was truly awesome. She is in high demand not only in Scotland, but also tours all over the world.
Much respect !"
- Tracey Braithwaite – Director of the Gospel Truth Choir.
"Lorna, thanks for joining us at short notice. The band was seriously impressed with how you seamlessly fitted
in with our funk and jazz grooves, and
your useful ideas will be carried forward to our next performances."
- Ralph Smith (Manager of the Retrophones)