Tim Readman in Music
Vancouver BC’s Tim Readman is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer and music journalist, originally from County Durham, England. Tim performs solo and with a host of other musicians in various line-ups. He is the former leader of Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking and has played for years with The Arrogant Worms. He also plays guitar and sings with ace Cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin. He has produced a number of CDs for other folk acts. He writes for Canada’s folk roots magazine Penguin Eggs. He was the Artistic Director for the 2008 and 2009 CelticFest Vancouver and was with them as performer, musical host and MC for 10 years. He has an extensive repertoire of original songs and can also perform everything from traditional murder ballads to more contemporary material. He can entertain in any setting, from concert hall to campfire and makes people laugh at every show.
Emerging in his mid-teens from the same North-Eastern English folk scene as Jez Lowe, Vin Garbutt, and Bob Fox; County Durham lad Tim Readman earned a reputation as talented songwriter, guitarist, singer and interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. He cut his teeth with space rock legends The Blintz Band and prog-folk outfit Pigs Might Fly, before moving on to join ex-Bryan Ferry alumni and new-wavers The Divers.
He spent 10 years in Newcastle upon Tyne as electric guitarist and singer with northern soul/ska sensations Arthur 2 Stroke and the Chart Commandos, political world pop darlings Watt Government and also enjoyed a brief stint with schoolmates and hitmakers The Kane Gang.
Since emigrating to Vancouver BC he worked with all sorts of musicians including Jimmy Kwan, Point Blank, Kavita, The Blinds, Craig McKerron and Video Barbeque, before returning to his beloved folk roots with seminal Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking.
He has played for years with The Arrogant Worms – Canada’s Clown Princes of musical comedy – as an opening act, as a replacement for Mike McCormick, as part of their symphony orchestra show, as an accompanist on electric guitar and as road manager and chief heckler.
He played guitar, sang and wrote with renowned BC fiddler Shona Le Mottée in her band, and as a duo, and produced her solo CD, Destination Grouville.
Tim has also produced a number of CDs for acts such as Fear of Drinking, Sensible Footwear, Tarkin, The Eventually Brothers, Millentrax, The Exiles and Massey 44. He writes reviews and conducts interviews for Canadian folk music magazine, Penguin Eggs . He was the Artistic Director for the 2008 and 2009 CelticFest Vancouver. He’s still with them as their musical host and MC, having been there since the beginning.
He has released 3 CDs of songs about Newcastle United Football Club under the name The Exiles, and a CD with Craig McKerron under the name The Eventually Brothers, all of which feature lyrics by Geordie/Swiss/Canadian co- writer Alan Millen. He has also recorded a few Beatles inspired songs written with Alan for Beatles Week in Liverpool. These recordings have been released on 3 CDs under the name Newcastle Road. They also wrote the theme songs for Geordie charity runner Mark Allison’s historic sponsored run which will took him across the whole of the USA in 2011.
Tim collaborates with many musicians both in the studio and live. He recently released his second solo CD of decidedly not folky original songs entitled Go Blue.
Tim has an infectious sense of humour and a real ability to engage an audience. His energetic and personable style makes him a superb festival/event MC and front man. As a band leader he can always deliver a driving danceable show. He has an extensive repertoire of original songs and can also perform everything from folk songs to material by The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and Madonna etc. etc. etc.. He can entertain in any setting, from concert hall to campfire.
His MC appearances include many private engagements, as well as Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club (many events), the Mission Folk Festival Main Stage (pretty much an annual gig for last decade or so), The Vancouver Music for Literacy Concert and CelticFest Vancouver.
He hosted the successful ‘Tim Readman and Musical Friends’ series at Montmartre Cafe on Vancouver’s Main Street for 10 years, which won the Georgia Straight songwriter venue of the year. This proved to be a labour of love for Tim and resulted in imaginative collaborations with his fellow musicians and the continued emergence of promising new talent. Many performers including Cleia, Norah Rendell (The Outside Track), Karla Mundy, The No Shit Shirleys, Kent McAlister, Old Man Luedeke, Thereafter and Ché Aimée honed their chops there.