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  • Formed: New York, NY
  • Years Active: 2000s


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Although keyboardist Thomas Bartlett cut his teeth as a sideman for Bebel Gilberto, the Swell Season, the National, and David Byrne, he also earned his own accolades as the frontman of Doveman. Bartlett founded the project in 2005 with the release of The Acrobat, a moody debut that highlighted his whispered vocals and ambient, jazz-influenced arrangements. He returned to the solo game two years later, focusing heavily on instrumental numbers with the sophomore effort With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead, before becoming the toast of the blogosphere with a track-by-track re-creation of the Footloose soundtrack in 2008. While continuing to handle keyboard duties for other artists, he found time to record a third album of original material, The Conformist, which arrived in 2009.


Thomas Bartlett (born October 13, 1981), also known as Doveman, is an American pianist, singer, and producer, best known for his work with Glen Hansard, The National, Sam Amidon, and The Gloaming.

Born in Vermont, Bartlett studied piano in London with Maria Curcio before moving to New York City. As a teenager, he and lifelong collaborator Sam Amidon formed the folk music band Popcorn Behavior (later known as Assembly), and released three albums.

Upon moving to New York in 2001, Bartlett soon began performing with Chocolate Genius and Elysian Fields, and also worked as Salon.com's music critic, writing first a weekly "Wednesday Morning Download", and later the daily "Audiofile" feature. In recent years, Bartlett has performed and toured extensively with artists like The National, Antony and the Johnsons, Martha Wainwright, Glen Hansard (in both The Frames and The Swell Season) and Bebel Gilberto.

^ End of year post (required) « justlikeanyone says: (2011-12-31). "How Thomas Bartlett, Doveman Keeps Busy | Brooklyn (The Borough)". Brooklyntheborough.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. ^ Walsh, Joan. "Goodbye to Audiofile - Joan Walsh". Salon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. ^ Swanson, Carl (2010-02-28). "Why Musician Doveman Is Coming Out of His Shell - New York Magazine". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 


In 2011 Bartlett produced legendary performance artist Justin Vivian Bond's first solo record, "Dendrophile", followed in 2013 by Bond's "Silver Wells", a largely piano and voice collection of covers. In 2012, he produced Glen Hansard's first solo record, Rhythm and Repose, Hannah Cohen's debut, "Child Bride", released on Bella Union, and Trixie Whitley's debut, "Fourth Corner". He and frequent collaborator Patrick Dillett also co-produced Julia Stone's "By the Horns", released on EMI Records.

In 2013, he co-produced Bell X1's "Chop Chop" with Peter Katis, and co-produced long-time collaborator Sam Amidon's "Bright Sunny South", released on Nonesuch Records. In 2014, Irish supergroup The Gloaming, which features Bartlett on piano, released a self-titled debut record, also produced by Bartlett. Dawn Landes' "Bluebird", co-produced by Landes and Bartlett, was released on Western Vinyl in February. Bartlett is reported to be working on new music with Glen Hansard, Hannah Cohen, and Anna Calvi.

^ "Justin Bond on His First Solo Album, ‘Dendrophile,’ and Breaking Out of His Kiki DuRane Character - New York Magazine". Nymag.com. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2012-03-01. ^ Woods, Mickey (2011-08-15). "Model-Turned-Musician Hannah Cohen Talks New Album Child Bride, the Curse of Lana Del Rey and the Fashion Industry". Papermag. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

Sideman Discography[edit]

Bartlett has appeared as a keyboardist on many records, including The National's "Boxer", "High Violet" and "Trouble Will Find Me", Antony and the Johnsons' "The Crying Light" and "Swanlights", Sam Amidon's "But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted", Bebel Gilberto's "All In One", David Byrne's "Here Lies Love", Martha Wainwright's "Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris", The Swell Season's "Strict Joy", Elysian Fields's "Bum Raps and Love Taps", "The Afterlife", and "Last Night on Earth", Miho Hatori's "Ecdysis", Rufus Wainwright's "Out of The Game", Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle, and Sharon van Etten's "Tramp".

^ "Thomas Bartlett". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 

Burgundy Stain Sessions[edit]

In January 2011, Bartlett, as Doveman, began a monthly salon style performance series at West Village club (Le) Poisson Rouge, called the Burgundy Stain Sessions, inviting Bartlett's friends to join him and the band on stage. Over the course of the year, performers included Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Sara Quin, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Elysian Fields, Chocolate Genius, Julia Stone, Chris Thile, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Lisa Hannigan, St. Vincent, and many others.

In October 2011, Bartlett music-directed, and co-curated with Hansard, a two night evening at (Le) Poisson Rouge, inspired by the Burgundy Stain Sessions, and celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Other Voices, an Irish music TV show. Performers included Laurie Anderson, Damien Rice, Bell X1 (band), The Lost Brothers, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner, Gabriel Byrne, Paul Muldoon, Colm McCann, and others.

On October 11, 2012, NPR began a week long broadcast series devoted to special performances that were captured at The Burgundy Stain Sessions.

On January 7, 2013 it was announced that the first International Burgundy Stain Session would take place at the Adelaide Festival in Australia on March 5, 2013

^ Pareles, Jon (2011-01-16). "Doveman and Friends Make Le Poisson Rouge a Salon". The New York Times. ^ Fusilli, Jim (2011-03-15). "Doveman at (Le) Poisson Rouge: New Feathers in His Cap - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. ^ Carr, David (2011-11-01). "Glen Hansard, Colum McCann and Others From Ireland". The New York Times. ^ Bartlett, Thomas. "World Cafe Presents: The Burgundy Stain Sessions". NPR Music. Retrieved 2013-01-22. ^ "DOVEMAN at Adelaide Festival - Pop Musicology". Pop Musicology. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 

Other Collaborations[edit]

In 2008, Bartlett, Sam Amidon, and Nico Muhly, all native Vermonters, embarked on the "802 Tour", performing a melange of each other's songs and compositions.

In 2011, a new band called The Gloaming was formed, featuring Bartlett, Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill. They debuted in Dublin at the National Concert Hall, and have announced plans to record in 2012.

In 2011 Bartlett and Patrick Dillett made a remix of Tegan and Sara's "Alligator", featuring a guest vocal by Sam Amidon.

In February 2012, the Museum of Modern Art premiered a new collaboration between Doveman and filmmaker Tom Kalin, with Kalin's images set to songs from "The Conformist".

^ Smith, Steve (2009-09-12). "Chamber, Indie Rock and Much in Between". The New York Times. ^ "The dawn of the Gloaming". The Irish Times. 2011-08-18. ^ http://www.examiner.ie/features/dream-team-gather-in-the-gloaming-164703.html
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