Gai Toms is a true troubadour from the mountains of North Wales. A member of the crazy ska rock band 'Anweledig' in the 90's and folk persona 'Mim Twm Llai' through the 00's, he is presently promoting his second album as Gai Toms titled - BETHEL. Performing mainly in his native tongue - Cymraeg (Welsh), he is regarded as one of Wales' top songwriters / performers. Language has not stopped him from captivating audiences elsewhere in the UK as well as Europe not to mention his performances in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and SXSW in the U.S.A. Performs solo on guitar or with band.
His early material has been compared to Welsh legend Meic Stevens', and lately has been described as the ‘Welsh Tom Waits’... though, GT is quite comfortable in his own shoes by now! Musical influences range from Welsh folk, Americana and lashings of pop, rock and latino/caribbean grooves to stir it all up! Gai Toms is always exploring new styles & concepts and descirbes his Welsh sung multi-genre vibes as 'Brythonicana' music!
Gai Toms (Gareth Thomas) was born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales (UK) in 1976. Brought up in the village of Tanygrisiau near the slate capital of the world - Blaenau Ffestiniog in the heart of Snowdonia. Son of ex-quarryman / lorry & bus driver Meurig (Mim Twm), and school caretaker Gwenda Thomas, younger brother of Elaine (also backing singer).