Welcome to the website of composer, classical guitarist and ensemble leader Simon Thacker, whose ever expanding musical world unites a deeply intuitive knowledge of some of the world’s richest traditions with a fierce individuality and innate gift for seeing the world not as it is but as it could be. 


Abre Ramce from "Songs of the Roma", with singer/violinist Masha Natanson and cellist Justyna Jablonska



                                             SIMON  THACKER      

Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti, live in Dhaka, playing for 60 000 people 

Simon's duo with Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska: new album KARMANA, order now here, featuring special guests from Scottish, Romany and Indian music.

Karmana is FabricationsHQ's world music album of the year 2017!
"...an astonishing and groundbreaking piece of work ...For those who wish to dip their toes in to the magical Karmana waters, you’ll find something truly progressive, impressive and immersive"

In depth interview with Simon in great culture platform The Punch Magazine, conducted while he was in India, read it here


Songs of the Roma UK tour, April-May 2018, dates coming soon, supported by Creative Scotland, 11 performances.


Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti returned to India in Dec, with a performance at The Sacred in Pushkar, Rajasthan, one of India's biggest sacred music festivals. Videos to come


1st of several new Svara-Kanti videos: Beyond Mara (part 1)


Great Karmana review in USA based Classical Guitar Magazine"thoroughly engrossing"


3 new Songs of the Roma videos, with Gypsy singer/violinist Masha Natanson & cellist Justyna Jablonska Abre Ramce, Ederlezi and short film


Big interview focussing on Karmana on FabricationsHQ


New ST's Svara-Kanti programme/lineup 1st review: 5 stars from Southside Advertiser


Fantastic Karmana reviews on The Arts DeskATTN MagazineFabricationsHQ and Classical Music Sentinel (Canada)


Incredible Karmana review on Canada's foremost World Music site The World Music Report, read


New ST's Svara-Kanti video here.


Full page Karmana feature/interview in The Scotsman hereAdvertiser 
















"Beyond Mara", first preview of material from the forthcoming Svara-Kanti album

"Songs of the Roma", short feature film