CRAIG THATCHER BIO

Craig Thatcher
Craig Thatcher is a band leader (The Craig Thatcher Band), an International Clinician/Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, PA, a guitar instructor & recording artist.

He has worked with and/or opened for many great artists including: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan, Duke Robillard, John Hammond, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jonny Lang, Charlie Musselwhite, Train, Robin Trower, Dicky Betts, Savoy Brown, Jorma Kaukonen, Marty Stuart, Roseanne Cash, Roger McGuinn, Rory Block, Woody Mann, Peter Rowan, Herman's Hermits, Spencer Davis Group, Laurence Juber, John Mayer, David Bromberg, GE Smith and many other international artists.

Craig Thatcher's Eric Clapton Retrospective Band
Among Craig's favorite and most popular performances are his "tribute" shows. Starting with his own Eric Clapton musical tribute "Badge" — a retrospective of EC's career dating back to his time with the Yardbirds.

Craig together with his band and friends also present tributes to Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, the Allman Brothers Band and Cream.

Craig is also half of a very dynamic, exciting and popular duo with violinist Nyke Van Wyk. Together they play often in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley as well as doing group tours to Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

Nyke Van Wyk & Craig Thatcher

Craig has performed in one capacity or another—often as a Martin Guitar Artist/Clinician — in nearly every U.S. State as well as over 35 different countries.

Theatres, Local/regional Performing Arts venues & Festivals where Craig and his band appear on a regular basis include:

  • The Sellersville Theatre — Sellersville, PA
  • ArtsQuest /Musikfest/Muiskfest Cafe — Bethlehem, PA (have been performing at Musikfest for the past 27 years as of 2018)
  • Mauch Chunk Opera House — Jim Thorpe PA
  • State Theatre — Easton PA
  • Kirby Center for the Arts — Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Metropolitan Museum Of Art — NYC
  • Museum of the City Of New York — NYC
  • Joes Cafe — NYC
  • The Apollo Theatre — NYC
  • Luce Auditorium — San Diego, CA,
  • House Of Blues — Atlantic City, NJ
  • Berks Jazzfest — Reading, PA
  • Zoellner Center for the Arts — Bethlehem, PA
  • Penn's Peak — Jim Thorpe, PA
… and many others.

Craig is also the originator and host of the PBS television series, “Behind The Guitar”, where he presents and interviews internationally known guitarists in front of a live audiences in the WLVT Channel 39 PBS studios.

Craig Thatcher Electric Trio
The Craig Thatcher Band consists of
  • Wayde Leonard, bass/vocals
  • Don Plowman, drums/percussion
  • Nyke Van Wyk, violin
  • and Craig on guitars/vocal
Either Craig Kastelnik or Marty Mellinger provide keyboards/vocals for larger shows as well as Brett Andrew on second guitar.



Craig Thatcher Band
PO Box 445
Coopersburg, PA 18036
craig@craigthatcher.com

© 2018, Craig Thatcher