A tribute to Thomas Hansen

A tribute to Thomas Hansen

Work: Artist Direction, Promotion, Marketing & Sponsoring        

Event: September 1st 2012, Kantine am Berghain with: Burn the place you hide: The story of St. Thomas (movie), Ai Phoenix, Henrik Horge, Brødrene Löwenstierne, Leiv Reed, Alexander Lindbäck & Petter Pogo, Tomi Simatupang, A Humming From The Wood and Natalie Stardust (DJ)

In September 2007 the Norwegian folksinger Thomas Hansen alias St. Thomas died. He was only 31 years old. Afflicted by mental problems and alcoholism he shared a similar fate with many other promising artists in music history. Commemorating his 5th anniversary of death former band members, fellow musicians and bands pay once more tribute to Thomas Hansen by performing own songs and cover versions.

“I was born with a twist in my voice, I could sing Loolaloolalei”, it says in the St. Thomas song Come my way. It all started in 1976, when Thomas Hansen was born in Oslo, Norway. This is also where he grew up and would later work as a mailman till his musical career really started, while the image of the mailman-turned-musician would follow him around ever since. His musical breakthrough commenced with the release of his record I’m coming home in 2001, which ranked on 8th place in the Norwegian Top-Ten. Music crititics regarded him to be the legitimate descendant of Neil Young and also in Germany his talent did not remain undiscovered. He signed a record contract with City Slang and Berlin became his second (musical) home for a fair amount of time.

A tribute to Thomas Hansen is an honest reverence to one of the most gifted singer-  songwriters in recent music history. His songs and records are bitter-sweet testimonials of his inner life dealing about self-doubts, disabilities and hope in salvation.

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  • Thomas Hansen maybe be more familiar under the moniker of Saint Thomas. With his melancholic and shockingly-honest songs he could gather loyal fan base all over Europe since the early 2000′s. The content of his bitter- sweet songs were closely related to his own life. intro
  • That tomorrow’s concert pays to his talent is quite meaningful. The benefit of the tribute show supports the Saint Thomas Memorial Trust Fund, which helps teenagers in their struggle with psychotic deseases and their stigmatization in society. - taz, die tageszeitung
  • Five years after his death a tribute-evening will take place in Berlin, where he has been living over a period of time. Friends and fellows like drummer Alexander Lindbäck or Norwegian band Ai Phoenix will share own versions of songs and memories. (…) There is indeed only one of his kind. - Zitty Berlin