Ever since the hurdy-gurdy crossed his path, Thomas has been enchanted by the rich tunes of this unique instrument. His love became a passion. Thomas attended intensive workshops and training programmes both nationally (Martina Diessner, Iep Fourier, Hans Quaghebeur…) and internationally (Gregory Jolivet, Gilles Chabenat, Isabelle Pignol, Valentin Clastrier…).
Several years later he turned to the crank himself with the young folk bands Kléan, Barnabas, Findus & Elanor. From spring 2018 onwards, he gives a traditional touch to the large-scale project FolKK (Folk meets KleinKunst). Now he tours throughout Western Europe with the regular bands Hidrae & Cecilia.
On account of his background in IT, he manages to combine ancient tones with the most modern sound techniques. This recently resulted in a new ambient drone trio mOthA . Thanks to mOthA, he was able to join the project “Rooted: The Manen Opzij”, a production from the Dranouter Music Center in which two musicians who are involved with folk / traditional music in an innovative way are confronted with two equally innovative musicians from different musical directions.
In the meantime, intensive rehearsals are taking place with two brand new bands: Threo (with Paul James & Hilke Bauweraerts) and a Belgian-Dutch collective Wilma! . Furthermore he is a popular guest musician in several ensembles, as recently on a CD release by Michel Terlinck about his dulcimer suites.
More, Thomas has over time been teaching his instrument among others at “Draailier & Doedelzak” (Netherlands), at vzw Westelfolk as well as academies in Dranouter, Gooik & Gent.