Wyndham Thiessen’s wry wit and considerable abilities as a multi-instrumentalist have been drawing fans to his music for twenty-seven years and three months. Thiessen began performing across Canada in the early nineties as “Bone Man Slim.” He eventually tired of the “Bone Man Slim” moniker and dropped it, but he hasn’t yet tired of singing his darkly humorous songs, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and lap steel. And cello. These days, he can often be found playing cello or dobro at bluegrass jams, or with his newly-formed fiddle duo, While Rome Burns (with Paul Gitlitz).
Reviews of Wyndham’s first album, “Bone Man Slim: A Retrospective”
“Great tunes; originals all, sparse, sardonic, well-crafted and performed: close-in, intimate, direct, atavistic in the best way. Fun, too: “It’s hard to be a bluesman in a renovated home” – great lyrics and some kinda picking. A startling disc; might just be brilliant, all of it.”
– Jurgen Gothe, Vancouver Echo
“If this album . . . gets into the right hands, the work of a truly rare talent will get exposure and the opportunity for nurturing and devlopment that it deserves.”
– The Daily Gleaner
“This recording kicks off with an easy finger-picking blues with a vocal so relaxed it reminded me of early Taj Mahal.”
– The West Coast Music Review