Irwin was also asked to perform at The HMV Awards, which was the beginningof a long standing relationship with dear friend Stuart Fraser (Manager HMVSuperstore in the U.K. and onto the role of Managing Director of HMVAustralia & South East Asia). ‘The Evolution of Irwin Thomas’ wasn’t HMV’s’Album of the Week.’ It was their ‘Album Of The Year.’ A bold andunprecedented move by HMV.2005 took Irwin to the U.K. for 9 months as a ‘hired gun’, playing guitar forDaniel Bedingfield on his U.K. & European Tours plus a stint writing with artist& partner in crime ‘Rusty Brown (Mr. Brown, Electric Mary) for his MIDEMoffering ‘Made In China’.2006. Irwin was asked to join some of Australia’s finest artists in celebrating andinterpreting Classic Artists such as ‘Bob Dylan’, ‘The Rolling Stones’ & ‘LedZeppelin..’ Artists included Steve Balbi, Spencer P Jones, Simon Meli, Zkye &Danny Marx Young.In 2007, Irwin was approached by Tim Woods & Phil Bathols (Spriritworks) tojoin some of Australias most respected and iconic vocalists Jon Stevens(Noiseworks, INXS), John Waters & Lindsay Field, celebrating the music of TheBeatles on the ‘White Album’ tour. Selling out iconic venues such as ‘The SydneyOpera House’ & ‘The State Theater.’He was also one of the founding members and creative forces in IconicMelbourne Classic Rock Band ‘Electric Mary.’ Their debut single “Sail On”reached #76 on the ARIA Singles chart.In 2008 Irwin joined Tania Doko, Jon Stevens & Ian Moss for the ‘Let’s GetTogether’ tour. He also released his first solo acoustic album ‘dis-con-nect-ed.
At the same time Electric Mary were finalists in the MusicOz Awards andnominated for ‘Best Rock Band.’ They were also selected to support Whitesnakein Melbourne (Australia) and approached again to join the band again in Parisand Brussells. Timothy Drury (Don Henley, Bryan Adams, Don Felder, StevieNicks & Whitesnake) became a dear friend and and champion for the band.
They then returned to Australia to support Judas Priest for their AustralianNational Tour.2009 saw them tour with Alice Cooper and Glenn Hughes as well as showcasingin L.A. opening for Steel Panther, New York Showcases and being asked toperform at ‘Experience PRS’ for PRS Guitars in Stevensville, Maryland, U.S.A.alongside the likes of Carlos Santana, Dweezil Zappa and Buddy Guy.2010. The U.S. called and Electric Mary headed to New York to collaborate withGrammy Award winning engineer/producer Jason Corsaro on a live recording(yet to be released). Corsaro’s credits include Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’.They returned to Australia to support Deep Purple for yet another NationalTour. Followed by Irwin heading out on the road again to open for ‘Yusuf Islam’ (CatStevens…..), ‘Tears for Fears’ & ‘Spandau Ballet’ with what some have describedas his ‘unforgettably hypnotic & mesmerizing solo acoustic set.’Irwin then returned to New York to begin writing the next exciting chapter.Returning to Australia in 2011, he joined Stevens, Waters & Jeff Martin for the’Let It Be’ tour, followed by The Beatles ‘Back 2 Back’ tour in 2011 with the likesof Mark Seymour, Jon Toogood.In 2012 Irwin reconnected with L.A. based Boutique Guitar Amplifier TechnicianReinhold Bogner (Bogner Amplification), packed his bags & moved to LosAngeles, accepting the role of Product Specialist & Director of U.S. Sales.In Feb 2013 Irwin completed his work at Bogner and began working withAustralian singer/songwriter Aaron Hendra.With two solo recording projects in the making Irwin managed to squeeze intime to compose the score for an independent film commissioned by The SonnettProject NYC. Directed by dear friend & N.Y. based director Sean Gannet. (TEDTalks).In August &
September of 2013 Irwin returned to Australia for the ‘Let It Be’Tour. He returned again in Nov to perform and be inducted into ‘The LegendsCategory’ at ‘The MusicOz Awards.’He then revisited ‘Back 2 Back’ at The Opera House in early Jan 2014 for 3 soldout shows at The Sydney Opera House.Irwin also has a Signature Series Model Guitar that was released in late Jan atThe NAMM Show with Master Builder Avi Shabat of Shabat Guitars in LosAngeles.