b. Canada. A singer-songwriter and guitarist working within the hard rock/AOR idiom, Ian Thomas formed his own band in 1973. Accompanied by Dave Cooper (guitar), Hugh Syme (keyboards), Dave Sayer (bass) and Mike O’Berle (drums), he has gone on to record a number of highly-acclaimed albums beginning with a self-titled collection for DJM Records in 1983. Subsequent sets have appeared for labels including Chrysalis Records, Atlantic Records and Mercury Records, with each reliant on Thomas’ measured, highly involved songwriting. A darling of the critics in Canada, his success has never translated to the USA or Europe, and following the release of Just Add Water in 1985 he remained relatively quiet. The singer reappeared in 1991 with the Boomers, comprising Thomas and fellow Canadians Bill Dillon (guitar), Peter Cardinali (bass) and Rick Gratton (drums). They released a string of highly acclaimed albums for Warner Music Canada, becoming particularly popular on the club scene in Germany.
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