Thomas Bartlett (born October 13, 1981), also known as Doveman, is an American pianist, producer, and singer. He has released four solo albums as Doveman, four albums as a member of The Gloaming, and duo albums with the composer Nico Muhly and the hardanger d’amore player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh.

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Background information
Birth nameThomas Bartlett
Born (1981-10-13) October 13, 1981 (age 39)
Brattleboro, Vermont
Occupation(s)Singer, pianist and producer
Associated actsSam Amidon, The National, Antony and the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens, DM Stith, St. Vincent, Nico Muhly, The Gloaming, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

As a producer, Bartlett has worked with a range of notable artists. "Mystery of Love", a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens for the soundtrack to Call Me by Your Name, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and performed at the 2018 ceremony. It also received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 61st ceremony.

Early life and educationEdit

Bartlett grew up in Putney, Vermont, where he started piano lessons as a young child.[1] Bartlett and his childhood friend Sam Amidon, along with Amidon's younger brother Stefan, formed a contra dance band called Popcorn Behavior. They released three recordings, the first when Amidon and Bartlett were 13 years old. Bartlett played piano and composed some of the songs on the recordings.[2] Amidon and Bartlett were interviewed about their music on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered in 1998.[3]

As a child Bartlett was drawn to Irish traditional music, particularly as performed by the fiddler Martin Hayes, whose first album appeared in 1992.[4] On a visit to Ireland with his parents when he was 12 Bartlett attended several of Hayes's concerts and met Hayes. On returning home Bartlett arranged for Hayes to play a concert in Vermont.[5]

After graduation from high school Bartlett spent a year in London studying piano with Maria Curcio.[6] He moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia University to study English. After three semesters he left university to become a professional musician.[7]

Musical careerEdit

Thomas Bartlett's musical career has emphasized collaboration, both as performer and producer.[4]

While a student at Columbia, Bartlett became friends with Nico Muhly.[7] They have continued to work together on a project called Peter Pears, after the English tenor who was Benjamin Britten's life partner. In 2018 they released an album entitled Balinese Ceremonial Music inspired by the Canadian composer Colin McPhee's gamelan transcriptions.[8]

An early appearance playing piano for Chocolate Genius at Joe's Pub in New York introduced him to a number of musicians with whom he would later perform, as well as to his future producer Patrick Dillett. Among the singers he accompanied early in his career were David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Anohni, and Martha Wainwright.[7]

Bartlett used the name Doveman for his own live performances as a vocalist with a band and on three recordings made between 2005 and 2009.[9] According to Bartlett, Doveman "has always been me and whoever I have along for that night", rather than "an organism that is a band".[5]

Bartlett devoted himself increasingly to being a record producer rather than a sideman, stating in 2014 that collaboration "is what I enjoy the most" and that "producing records is where I'm the happiest and where I think my talents are best used".[4]

In January 2011, Bartlett, as Doveman, began a monthly salon style performance series at the West Village club (Le) Poisson Rouge, called the Burgundy Stain Sessions, inviting friends to join him and the band on stage. Over the course of the year, performers included Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Sara Quin, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Elysian Fields, Chocolate Genius, Julia Stone, Chris Thile, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Lisa Hannigan, and St. Vincent.[10][11]

In October 2011 Bartlett music-directed, and co-curated with Hansard, two shows at (Le) Poisson Rouge celebrating the 10th anniversary of Other Voices, a live music series broadcast on Irish television. Performers included Laurie Anderson, Damien Rice, Bell X1 (band), The Lost Brothers, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner, Gabriel Byrne, Paul Muldoon, Colum McCann, and others.[12]

With fiddle player Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, and hardanger fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Bartlett is a member of The Gloaming.[13] They have released four albums, all produced by Bartlett.[14]

In 2019 Bartlett and fellow Gloaming member Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh released a collaborative studio album entitled Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett.[15]


As producerEdit

Year Artist Album Notes
2007 Sam Amidon But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted producer, engineer, mixer
2011 Justin Vivian Bond Dendrophile producer
2012 Glen Hansard Rhythm and Repose producer
2012 Julia Stone By the Horns co-producer w/ Patrick Dillett
2012 Hannah Cohen Child Bride producer
2012 Justin Vivian Bond Silver Wells producer
2013 Trixie Whitley Fourth Corner producer
2013 Bell X1 Chop Chop co-producer w/ Peter Katis
2013 Sam Amidon Bright Sunny South co-producer w/ Jerry Boys
2014 The Gloaming The Gloaming producer
2014 Anna Calvi Strange Weather producer
2014 Dawn Landes Bluebird producer
2015 Hannah Cohen Pleasure Boy producer
2015 Glen Hansard Didn't He Ramble co-producer w/ Dave Odlum
2015 Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell producer, mixer
2015 The Gloaming 2 producer
2016 Martha Wainwright Goodnight City co-producer w/ Brad Albetta
2016 Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir addition production
2017 Chris Thile Thanks For Listening producer
2017 Adrian Crowley Dark Eyed Messenger producer, engineer, mixer
2017 Sufjan Stevens Call Me By Your Name soundtrack producer, engineer, mixer "Mystery of Love", "Visions of Gideon", "Futile Devices (Doveman remix)
2017 Sufjan Stevens "Exploding Whale (Doveman remix)" producer
2018 Yoko Ono Warzone co-producer w/ Yoko Ono, engineer
2018 Olivia Chaney Shelter producer, engineer
2018 Joan As Policewoman Damned Devotion co-producer w/ Joan Wasser and Parker Kindred
2018 Mandy Patinkin Diary: January 27, 2018 producer, engineer, mixer
2018 Rhye Blood producer & co-writer, "Please" and "Softly"
2018 St. Vincent Masseducation producer
2018 The Gloaming Live at NCH producer
2018 Rufus Wainwright "The Sword of Damocles" (single) producer
2018 Norah Jones "My Heart is Full" (single) producer, engineer, co-writer
2018 Teitur I Want To Be Kind producer, engineer
2018 Sufjan Stevens "Lonely Man of Winter (Doveman Mix)" producer
2019 Henry Jamison Gloria Duplex producer, engineer
2019 Rhye Spirit producer, co-writer
2019 Angelo De Augustine Tomb producer, engineer, mixer
2019 Florence and the Machine Jenny of Oldstones producer, engineer, mixer
2019 Norah Jones Begin Again producer, co-writer, engineer
2020 Mina Tindle Sister producer


  1. ^ "Mystery Train Sunday 11 March 2018". Mystery Train with John Kelly. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ De Bruyn, Naomi. "Popcorn Behavior's Hot Contra Dance Tunes, Journeywork and Strangest Dream". Green Man Review. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Popcorn Behavior". 3 March 1998. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Clayton-Lea, Tony (6 December 2014). "Collaboration is the name of the game for Vermont-born singer and producer Thomas Bartlett". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b Blickenstaff, Jacob (11 August 2014). "Contact: The Gloaming's Unlikely Convergence". Mother Jones.
  6. ^ "How Thomas Bartlett, Doveman Keeps Busy". Brooklyn the Borough. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Swanson, Carl (25 February 2010). "Out of a circle of friends". New York Magazine.
  8. ^ Als, Hilton (21 August 2018). "Hilton Als on Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly's "Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music"". Nonesuch. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Thomas Bartlett". Nonesuch. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  10. ^ Pareles, Jon (16 January 2011). "Doveman and Friends Make Le Poisson Rouge a Salon". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Fusilli, Jim (15 March 2011). "Doveman at (Le) Poisson Rouge: New Feathers in His Cap". Wall Street Journal.
  12. ^ Carr, David (1 November 2011). "Honk-Honks and Melodies: Two Sides of the Atlantic Meet". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Hickling, Alfred (23 July 2014). "How the Gloaming assembled their craic squad". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
  14. ^ "The Gloaming". Real World. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett". Real World. Retrieved 15 February 2020.

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