Rai Thistlethwayte

Rai Thistlethwayte

Rai is a one of Australia’s most respected musical talents: a highly accomplished pianist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. As a songwriter, he has been nominated for APRA Song of The Year. His band, Thirsty Merc, has sold over 250,000 albums in Australia, and has been nominated for 5 ARIA awards. Since 2002, Thirsty Merc has released 4 studio albums and a string of hits in the Australian Music Charts. Enjoying heavy airplay and touring extensively, Thirsty Merc have become a household name in Australia. Rai’s composition ‘In the Summertime’ has been the theme song to internationally acclaimed Aussie TV show ‘Bondi Rescue’ for 15 consecutive seasons. Rai’s composition ‘San Francisco Street’ has clocked up over 30 million views on YouTube. Aside from his work in Rock and Pop, Rai performs as a solo artist, based around his love of Jazz, Soul, and Groove music. He has released 4 Solo EPs and has toured Australia and the U.S. since 2012. Some of his notable collaborations have been with ARIA award- winning guitarist James Muller, Trumpeter James Morrison, and Grammy Nominated U.S. jazz bassist Christian McBride (Sting, Wynton Marsalis band). Currently based between Sydney and Los Angeles, Rai tours globally with U.S. Funk/Electronic band KNOWER and New York based guitarist Oz Noy. In 2020, Rai joined guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s touring band as keyboardist for Joe’s world tour (those shows are being postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Country NSW

  • Griffith Leagues Club, Griffith

    Supported by Harriet Kelly + Ben and Ali

    27 November @ 7:30pm

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Newcastle & Hunter

  • The Kent Hotel, Hamilton

    13 November @ 7pm

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  • Seabreeze Hotel, Nelson Bay

    14 November @ 7pm

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  • Music @ Street Market, Crows Nest

    Supported by Taylor B-W

    28 November @ 7pm

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