Book Tim Readman 2018-02-08T03:42:51+00:00

Tim is available for all types of shows, small and large.

Tim can perform solo, as a duo with a fiddler, or with an ensemble of many fine bandmates that he has played and recorded with over the years. Put it all together, and you’ve got a Readman show that is fun, funny and always a good time!

Book Tim Readman

To book Tim Readman to play at your club, festival, venue or event please fill out the quick form by clicking the red box above.

Or talk to his booking agent direct: Tristan Fabriani  at 604-874-8895.

Over the years Tim has developed a solo act that incorporates all of the various musical directions he has taken. Since most of his work in recent years has been in the Celtic and folk music realms, his repertoire has been mainly focused on Irish, Scottish and English folk songs as well as his own material in that vein. He does a pretty wide variety of gigs, so he also gets to play a lot of other kinds of material, from original songs to covers by artists such as The Beatles, Steely Dan, Chuck Berry, and Lindisfarne.

“My favourite gigs are the ones where people come to listen, to join in and to be entertained. I like to tell the stories behind the songs and throw in a few jokes and a bit of daft patter” he says.

He has recorded two solo CDs of his own songs, Go Blue and Into the Red, and has quite a few songs ready to be recorded which he intends to start working on soon for another release (tentatively titled Cuckoo Gene!). “Meanwhile I have recorded Into the Green-a CD of mainly traditional British and Irish songs, and projects for The Exiles (Newcastle United) and Newcastle Road (Celebrate the Beatles). I also currently perform and write with a few other people and bands”

Shannon Johnson began studying violin at the age of three and quickly demonstrated an exceptional ability. She has won classical violin and fiddling awards at national and international levels. Shannon began performing professionally at the age of eight, wowing music fans and critics with her strong, pure playing and exceptional improvisational skills.

Shannon is a member of the Juno award winning group The McDades. Within The McDades, Shannon has found the ideal vehicle for composing; blending classical, Celtic and Canadian, she has created a completely new and powerful genre of label-bending music. As a lead vocalist, her sweet jazz-influenced style adds a rich texture to The McDades hip, global sound. Shannon has become one of Western Canada’s most in-demand record producers, her special understanding of acoustic music and global styles can be heard on a number of award winning CDs.

Shannon joined Tim for several Fear of Drinking shows back in the noughties. Since then they have built on their mutual love of Celtic folk music and their raucous sense of humour to create a duo that will send you on a musical and emotional roller-coaster ride.

Tim is also available with The Eire Born Irish Dancers who add a spectacular choreographed performance accompanied by Tim and band.

Mairi and Tim played together for the first time at CelticFest Vancouver 2013. They are near neighbours in Vancouver’s East End and they love to perform together whenever their crazy busy schedules permit.

Mabou, Nova Scotia’s Mairi Rankin is a fiddler, singer and step-dancer from the legendary Rankin family, and while influenced by the best Cape Breton traditional musicians around, has developed her own special style. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beolach. Mairi is also a member of the UK/Ireland based folk music sensations The Outside Track with whom she tours regularly.

She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name a few. She has appeared on the television broadcasts of DRUM!, the East Coast Music Awards, Rita MacNeil’s Christmas special and MNE’s Togaidh Sinn Fonn in Scotland. Her festival credits internationally include Celtic Connections, Chicago Celtic Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, BLAS, Tonder Festival. In Canada she has performed at all the major folk and Celtic festivals including Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, Dawson City Folk Festival and the internationally renowned Celtic Colours Festival.

She has taught her folk arts at Universities, schools, festivals and workshops. Some of these include Newcastle University, England; Augusta Heritage Festival, West Virginia; Scottish Arts School, Ohio; Buddy MacMaster School of Fiddling, Cape Breton; Montpelier Fiddle Camp, Vermont. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two CDs with Beolach and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings.

Fiddle player/vocalist Jennie Bice came to Vancouver in search of players driven enough to go the speed she wanted, and bold enough to try some of her ideas.

Bice’s various recordings and musical history span many genres including Celtic, roots, jazz, blues, rock, Cajun and classical which account for her unique playing style. You may have already seen her performances with Prydwen, Mad Pudding, Back Door Slam and Kat Wahamaa, amongst others, and if you have, you’ll know she really lights up a stage! Jennie first played with Tim in Fear of Drinking in 1999 and has since appeared with him in many line-ups, as well as playing on his CD, Into the Red. Tim also guested with Jennie’s band Prydwen.

Their almost annual appearances on the Main Stage at Mission Folk Festival have become a popular feature of this fabulous musical gathering. When Jennie and Tim perform together, the sparks fly!

And here’s a touch of finale magic from the Mission Folk Festival with Tom Paxton…

Born on the Island of Jersey in the English Channel, Shona moved to Vancouver, Canada at age nine. Raised by a mother from the East coast of Scotland, Shona has deep roots in the musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton Island.

In 1995, Shona was chosen to join the Canadian Celtic-pop group, The Paperboys with whom she toured extensively throughout North America for over 2 years. In 1997, Shona recorded the album “Molinos” with The Paperboys, which won the Canadian Juno Award in 1998 for The Best Roots and Traditional Album – Group category.

In 1998/99, Shona performed with “Micheal Flatley’s Lord of the Dance” in Las Vegas and Orlando. She has also performed and recorded with: 5x World Champions – SFU Scottish Pipe Band, English songsmith – Tim Readman, West African folk musician – Alpha YaYa Dialo, Irish party bands – The Town Pants and The Pat Chessel Band, and Celtic Folk band – Mad Pudding.

Shona has taught fiddle music for over 17 years and is the former director and founder of the Vancouver Scottish Fiddle Club which ran successfully for 6 years. In 2002 – 2007, Shona was invited to teach at the Coast Strings Fiddle School in British Columbia and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp in Colorado. At these schools she was on staff with some of the best fiddlers in the world.

Shona released her debut solo recording, “Destination Grouville” in March 2005. On the recording Shona is accompanied by several accomplished musicians including Tim Readman (Guitar / Vocals), Keona Mundy (Flute) and the Mad Pudding Rhythm Section (Allan Dionne on percussion and Boris Favre on electric bass). Shona now performs with Tim, Boris and Allan in The Shona Le Mottee Band. Shona and Tim have been performing together in the band and as a duo for over 10 years. Audiences enjoy Tim’s hilarious patter between songs, and find an evening in his company to be entertaining from start to finish. His rhythm guitar playing is a perfect accompaniment to Shona’s fine fiddling style. Together they delight audiences everywhere they play.

recent Shows

PUB NIGHTS AT THE RED DRAGON | Sept 29, 7:30pm at The Cambrian Hall 2017-09-19T22:12:35+00:00

At The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue

This fall we’re starting a series of musical pub nights at the Red Dragon on Main Street.

We had a great night June 16th with pub food, pub quiz and some very funny heckling! We are doing it all again on Sept 29th, so don’t miss it! Save the date!

Entrance to the pub is via the back alley behind The Cambrian Hall.

MISSION FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL | July 21-23, 2017 2017-09-20T21:07:45+00:00

Mission, BC | July 21-23

Tim is performing solo.

HARRISON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS | July 10th, 2017 2017-09-20T21:07:59+00:00

Harrison Hot Springs, BC | July 10th, 1pm

Tim is performing with Jennie Bice.