About the Mentor
Thomas Oliver is internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar and a multi-talented guitarist, song writer and singer.
In 2013 Thomas released the first full-length, all instrumental, all Weissenborn album, titled “Beneath The Weissenborn”. The album debuted at #6 in the NZ charts, received five-star reviews and sold out shows across the nation.
With millions of views on YouTube, he has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand which has seen him play hundreds of shows across New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
Congratulations to Thomas for winning the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award for his captivating love song 'If I Move To Mars.
Teacher Evan Davies from New Plymouth Boys' High School says,
"We are very grateful to the NZ Music Commission for this opportunity. Thomas inspired our students in a way that a teacher cannot - he is out there, living his song writing, but is able to communicate his learnings in a clear concise and engaging way. It was awesome that he was able to share a few songs at lunch time and inspire an even wider range of students and staff. We are hugely appreciative of this opportunity and I believe it will help the boys with their NCEA assessment and their love and passion for music in general. Huge thanks - Evan Davies"