born on 31/8/1955 in Lutterworth, England, United Kingdom
Anthony "Anto" Thistlethwaite (born 31 August 1955, Lutterworth, England) is a British multi-instrumentalist best known as a founding member (with Mike Scott) of the folk rock group, The Waterboys and later as a long-standing member of Irish rock band The Saw Doctors.
After a year busking in Paris, playing tenor saxophone around the streets of the Latin Quarter, in 1980 Thistlethwaite moved to London and in 1981 he played saxophone on Robyn Hitchcock's Groovy Decay album as well as Nikki Sudden's Waiting on Egypt. Mike Scott heard the saxophone solo on Nikki's "Johnny Smiled Slowly" and invited Thistlethwaite to come and play with his fledgling band "The Red and The Black". Their first record together "A Girl Called Johnny" was to be released as The Waterboys' first single in March 1983 and featured Thistlethwaite's tenor sax howl.
Although Thistlethwaite is mainly known as a saxophonist he has also featured on mandolin, harmonica, Hammond organ, guitar and bass with The Waterboys and other acts. During the 1980s and 90s he also featured on recordings by: World Party, Fairground Attraction, Psychedelic Furs, Sharon Shannon, Bob Dylan, China Crisis, Johnny Thunders, Donovan, The Vibrators, Chris De Burgh, Bruce Foxton, The Mission, and others as a session musician.
During the 1990s which included contributions from the likes of: Kirsty MacColl, Eddi Reader and Ralph McTell as well as many musicians including ('Rolling Stones' guitarist) Mick Taylor and Sonny Landreth. His third album Crawfish and Caviar consisted of songs recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia and Louisiana. For the past twelve years Thistlethwaite has been a full-time member of The Saw Doctors from County Galway, Republic of Ireland.
Sharon Shannon, also a member of The Waterboys, recorded a song that she named "Anto's Cajun Cousins", after his Louisiana Thistlethwaite relatives, on her eponymous debut album.
Thistlethwaite has released five solo albums:
- Aesop Wrote a Fable (1993)
- Cartwheels (1995)
- Crawfish and Caviar (1997)
- Back to The Land. The Best of... (2002)
- Stinky Fingers (2011) With Mick Taylor
Mike Scott · Steve Wickham · Ian McNabb · Geoff Dugmore · Brad Weissman · Brady Blade|
Anthony Thistlethwaite · Karl Wallinger · Roddy Lorimer · Trevor Hutchinson · Richard Naiff · Sharon Shannon · Thighpaulsandra · Kevin Wilkinson · Jody Linscott · May East
|Studio albums as "The Waterboys"||The Waterboys (1983) · A Pagan Place (1984) · This Is the Sea (1985) · Fisherman's Blues (1988) · Room to Roam (1990) · Dream Harder (1993) · A Rock in the Weary Land (2000) · Universal Hall (2003) · Book of Lightning (2007)|
|Studio albums as Mike Scott||Bring 'em All In (1995) · Still Burning (1997)|
|Live albums||The Live Adventures of the Waterboys (1998) · Karma to Burn (2005)|
|Compilations||The Best of The Waterboys 8190 (1991) · The Secret Life of the Waterboys 8185 (1994, recorded 1981 to 1985) · The Whole of the Moon: the Music of Mike Scott and the Waterboys (1998) · Too Close to Heaven/Fisherman's Blues Part 2 (2001)|
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