Tom Knight & Jim Lawrence  [1996-2000]


  Jim Lawrence & Tom Knight


Tom Knight and Jim Lawrence teamed up and did some Coffeehouse gigs, School concerts, and Fund Raisiers as a duo.


Tom Knight is a musician, puppeteer and videographer based in Northampton, MA.
He grew up in Cupertino, California (home of Apple Computers), and had an early love of music, playing violin and trombone in school. He went to college at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in philosophy, and learned to play the mountain dulcimer while taking breaks from studying. The dulcimer made it easy to create simple songs, and that was the beginning of his songwriting career.
After graduating from college in 1985, he migrated east, looking for a colder place where the leaves changed color in the Fall. He found a good place to pursue creativity in Ithaca, NY.
One of his first jobs was working with pre-schoolers as an assistant teacher at the Ithaca Montessori School. One of the teachers there (Monica MacNamee) liked how he entertained the kids in class on his dulcimer, so she invited him to join her puppet troupe - Punchinella Puppeteers. There Knight met Elizabeth McMahon, (AKA Mrs. McPuppet) and when the Punchinella Troupe split up, the two of them formed their own group - The Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppeteers.  Over 9 years, they developed the popular recipe for their shows which included short puppet skits, original songs, and audience participation.  Between 1989 and 1998, Tom and Elizabeth recorded 6 albums separately, and performed regularly in schools, libraries, festivals, pre-schools throughout upstate NY and beyond.
In 1995, after 3 recordings of music for families, Knight created a CD of music oriented towards grown-ups, called Crazy Little Dream. He then formed Tom Knight & the Blue Moon in order to perform some of the songs live, as well as to play for swing dances.
Jim Lawrence has been playing for over 40 years in the Ithaca and upstate New York music scene, playing styles from Jazz, Folk, Motown, Fusion, and Pop to New Wave, Bluegrass and Rock n' Roll. Jim's band "The Backtalk Band" currently plays for weddings and private parties, as well as Tom Knight's Blue Moon swing band. In 1984 his band "The Choice" won the BBC Great American Rock n' Roll Talent Search. From 1985 to 1991 Jim was the lead singer in "The Kinetics", and has recorded at Electric Wilburland Studios, MasterView Soundcrafts Studios, and Pyramid Sound Studios.  Jim has been in opening acts for Graham Parker, The Del Fuegos and The Gang of Four.



Jim & Tom at a Babies 1st Benefit

 Jim & Tom at Newfield Elem. School


Ithaca Times listing March 1998


Babies First Fundraiser March 1998


LOGOS Bookstore gig 1997

I played bass and sang on Tom's Children's album: "Library Boogie" along with Molly Macmillan, Mike Vitucci, and others.
Here's a Review from the Ithaca Times:


LOGOS Bookstore gig 1997


Jim & Tom at Newfield Elementary School


Port Byron Canal Days Aug. 2, 1997


Babies First Thank You card



Recordings:
Tom & Jim playing "Crazy Little Dream" written by Tom Knight
Tom & Jim playing "I Would Do Anything For You" written by Tom Knight
Tom & Jim playing "Pancakes" written by Tom Knight