TONG DEE is as much a project as a band. It all began in January 2022 when Kru “Roger” Rungould Bouthong and Phuket Music Scene’s Andy Tong Dee started practicing together regularly and working on Andy’s original songs in English, some of which are about Thailand. Andy taught Roger English before this for four months.
TONG DEE seeks to help Thai bands to write and perform their Thai original songs in English. This will hopefully help to make these songs more accessible and appreciated internationally. Consequently, you will find them playing and networking in Thai rather than Western- focused venues.
Roger is a professional drum teacher from Suratani, and he works for Yamaha Music School. He manages the Ozone band and plays with Phuket bands Gypsy Sun and the Moody Band.
Andy is a retired English teacher and runs a translation company with his wife Tina. Andy used to be a busker in the UK. In a similar but noisier style, he plays a hybrid open-tuned guitar with delay, avoiding the need for a bass player, as well as fills and solos on a harmonica on a rack. So Tong Dee, while a duo, is very nearly a one-man band!
Roger and Andy hope to perform together at Thai music festivals and events at some point in the future. They may invite some musician friends to support them.