Welcome to Spring
Hope you did the rite thing on the equinox and ran through the woods with woolly trousers on waving your tail and generally spreading fertility vibes on the good earth. We were too busy grafting away at the Big City HQ to bring you more delights. We are glad you are out there though. Someone has to do it and it might as well be you! For us March Madness Means More Music! That means tons of work for Tristan and Natalie belting around in Mr. Fabriani’s new wheels. We go blue and he went red!
Penguin Eggs Go Blue Review
We can give you a sneak preview of the review of Tim’s latest album Go Blue by Les Siemieniuk, which will be in the upcoming issue of Penguin Eggs music magazine. It was very good of the folks to include it even though it isn’t strictly speaking a folk music record! It is 100% Canadian however, except for the bit that isn’t.
Mr. Readman has been a stalwart part of the BC and Canadian folk music scenes for a long time since emigrating from England. Besides producing, artistically directing festivals, and writing for Penguin Eggs he is a consummate performer and songwriter. He’s produced a terrific body of work from his early days in Canada as a member of Fear of Drinking, to being an Arrogant Worm, to solo albums named for various colours. He’s just added “Go Blue” to that repertoire.
It is a bit of a departure from the past – thirteen songs in the R&B-ish and pop veins more than folk. Going back to roots or exploring new territory- it doesn’t matter. “Go Blue” is a lovely collection of songs – I especially liked “Old New World” and the title track “Go Blue” as catchy pop songs. Good on ya’ Mr. Readman for throwing an unexpected curveball.
Wizrds Album Out Now!
Baltimore’s Andy Cooke has just released Black Light, a new Doom Metal album under the alter ego Wizrds, which we have been rocking out to at Big City Towers. You can listen to samples of tracks from Black Light here:
Andy is the mastermind behind Dataloaf who you can hear here and in various other places:
He also has a few other incarnations including Pine Tree State https://pinetreestate.bandcamp.com
and Electric Wave Inspection Bureau
Remember to tell your people-you heard it here first!
Sci-Fi Prog Rock Project Ahoy!
Andy and Tim are now collaborating on what they describe as a Sci-Fi Prog Rock project … more on that as things progress. Will it have a gatefold sleeve? Will it be a double concept album? Will the songs last at least 20 minutes? Oh yeah – probably!
We had great time at Comedy Cares with Jacques Lalonde, Alison Ogilvie and crew. We raised a few hundred for Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Beauty Nights Society and Jacques nephew Boden.
Tim played a couple of his own humorous ditties including this one from his days performing with The Arrogant Worms:
Don’t forget the big benefit night for Boden at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver BC on Tuesday March 28th – see here for details:
Postcard from Newcastle Video
In this song from The Exiles’ CD “…at St. James’ Park” an expat NUFC supporter feels nostalgic for his former home after receiving a postcard that jogs a flood of memories. Alan Millen has put some images to the tune and posted it here for your delectation:
Summer of Love
Tim is back in the studio in April with Bill Buckingham, at Palace Studios in East Vancouver, to record an Alan Millen song to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967’s summer of love. You can expect an affectionate but tongue-in-cheek pastiche of the sounds of that particularly hot season to be assailing your eardrums sometime soon!
A hilarious night of Comics, Poets and Singers where EVERYTHING is FUNNY!!! Over a dozen performers will tickle your funny bone to raise money for the Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Beauty Night Society (Vancouver Volunteers), and Jacques nephew Boden. All Star line up featuring Tim Readman, Alison Ogilvie, Jacques Lalonde, Trevor Marples, Daniela Dana, Nic Enright-Morin, Aaron Patton, Alfie Rosselli, Lisa Person, Marlene Swidzinski, Mike Whittaker plus many more soon to be revealed laughsperts.
Thursday March 9th 7.00 – 11.00 pm
Unity of Vancouver
5840 Oak Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6M2V9
CFMU-93.3 FM show, Freewheelin’
Tim Readman “on air phoner” on Sat. Feb 11th at 11.30 am (Ontario time – that’s 8.30 am BC time folks) … on CFMU-93.3 FM show, Freewheelin’ in Hamilton ON with Freewheeling Jim Marino
We’ll talk about Go Blue … and whatever else takes our fancy. Listen online at http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca
Jacques Talk – PocketLive TV
Anything can happen on Jacques Talk
Jacques Talk is live streamed on Pocket TV live Wednesdays & Saturdays from 5-7 pm and Sundays from 1-3 pm.
We are excited Tim Readman is scheduled on the show starting at 1 pm Sunday, February 12th.
You can watch you LIVE at https://www.pocketlive.tv/live/953256.html.
Once the episode has live streamed it will then be uploaded onto Jacques ‘videos’ section so you and yours can see it if you miss it.
Anything Can Happen on Jacques Talk
Tim Readman/Go Blue Interview
Tim was interviewed just before Christmas by CITR Radio 101.9’s DJ Robin Pascal about his latest album Go Blue. Interview will air on CITR radio 101.9fm and stream at citr.ca on Monday Feb 6th at 6:30pm. Tune in, turn on and bliss out! If you miss it you can listen to the interview here: http://tinyurl.com/julkm3k
Happy New Year!
We hope you all enjoyed the festive season and that it brought you all good things. Thanks for all your support in 2016 and here’s to more music for all – especially the live variety – in 2017.
Tim Readman/Go Blue Interview
Tim was interviewed just before Christmas by CITR Radio 101.9’s DJ Robin Pascal about his latest album Go Blue. You can listen to the interview here:
Jez Lowe/Tim Readman Interview
Robin also did an interview with Tim’s good friend, English folk singer-songwriter Jez Lowe, prior to his October Rogue Folk Club show which also included a piece with Tim. You can listen to Jez and Tim waxing lyrical about songwriting, folk music and a few other critical matters here:
January 2017 … and We are Still Going Blue
We continue to get a tremendous response to our request for fans to send snaps of themselves with the cover of Go Blue for us to post on social media. Some of the places we have featured on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are: Steveston Village, BC; Madrid, Spain; Invercargill, New Zealand; Vancouver, BC; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Whistler, BC, Newcastle upon Tyne, England; Lorien, France and Basle, Switzerland. There’s a new selection of photos below for your pleasure. As long as you keep sending the photos we’ll keep posting them!