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Eric Thorin

Eric Thorin

Adjunct Faculty, Folk and Bluegrass Bass

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-2993

Professional/Academic Experience

Eric Thorin is a musician based in Lyons, Colorado. Raised in a musical family, his first professional engagement was playing trombone next to his father in a big band. He has studied with Stephen Fulton, Edgar Meyer, Art Lande, John Williams (University of Oklahoma), Ed Krolick (University of Northern Colorado), Gene Aitken (UNC) and James Vaughn (UNC) just to name a few. Recent recording credits include Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore’s Saints and Sinners (co-producer with Ben Winship); electric bass on Gaelic Storm‘s release Chicken Boxer (#1 on Billboard World Music Charts); producing albums for Romano Paoletti, Gary Bragg and Nancy Thorwardson; arranging, upright bass and tuba performing for Katie Glassman’s Snapshot. Recent live opportunities have included Jim Kweskin, Leftover Salmon, and Doug MacCleod.

Current projects include The Matt Flinner Trio with Ross Martin, Brother Mule with Ben Winship and Brian Wicklund, and Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore. Past projects include the Open Road Bluegrass Band, Tony Furtado Band, 30db and Hamster Theater. Eric has also performed with Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, salsa maestro Eddie Santiago, Billy Eckstine, Ronnie Bedford, Chuck Lamb, Tony Trishka, Danny Barnes, the Drew Emmitt Band, and a host of diverse artists.

Eric is renowned for his teaching style and results and continues to teach internationally in camps and workshops such as Rockygrass Academy, Sorefingers (UK), the Yellowstone Jazz Camp, Grand Targhee Music Academy, Augusta Heritage Center, Nimblefingers Sorrento (BC, Canada) as well as privately.

Eric lives in Lyons, Colorado with his wife, fiddler Jessie Burns. He has co-led the bluegrass jam at Oskar Blues on Tuesday nights for nearly ten years and continues to do so when he’s not touring.