"The world folk band stole the stage with a set that was less of a performance and more of an experience.
Many of its songs weaved through various genres — starting as an Irish highland tune, then transitioning to a traditional Japanese song and ending with a bluegrass swing."
localspins.com, John Sinkevics
Thom Jayne hit the Michigan music scene in the early 2000s with a hard-to-categorize blend of African, celtic, bluegrass, and Latin influences. His first release, The Forgotten Conquest, received award-winning recognition in the John Lennon Songwriters Contest and won the WYCE 2002 Jammie Award/World Beat category. Thom Jayne and the Nomads were a long-running local favorite in the mid-Michigan area until he relocated to Africa, for the second time, in 2011.
Four decades earlier, after performing and recording with the band 'Pariah' on the east coast in the late 1970s, Thom sold everything, joined the Peace Corps, and moved to the savannah of Ghana in West Africa in 1982. Now a professor at Michigan State University, Thom travels often to places such as Ethiopia, Malawi, and Zambia. These cross-cultural experiences, including a year-long assignment in Rome, have influenced his eclectic musical style.