September Fally Autumnal Notes

Tim Live at the Red Dragon on Main Street
Here’s another reminder that Tim is starting a series of musical pub nights at the Red Dragon on Main Street. Entrance to the pub is via the back alley behind The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver – just off Main Street. We had a great night last time in June 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!
Details of all gigs are here: http://timreadman.com/upcoming-shows/

Halifax Disaster – ‘Song for Kate and Anthony’
So pleased that Tim and Alan Millen’s song about the Halifax Disaster – ‘Song for Kate and Anthony’ – has now become part of the commemorations in Halifax via the “Halifax Explosion: 100 years, 100 stories” page on Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/100years100stories/
This special page is a powerful testimony to that tragic day in Canadian history. You can find out more via their wonderful website here:
https://100years100stories.ca

Novel News from Jez Lowe
Exciting news from our old pal and Tim’s fellow County Durham boy Jez Lowe. A little bird told us he has an upcoming album of traditional songs – to accompany the publication of his first novel in November. Those of you who’ve listened to Jez’s lyrics won’t be surprised that he has turned his hand to this more extended form of wordsmithing. We can’t wait to hear the album and read the book. There’ll be bidding for the film rights next!

Walter Becker
We were gutted to hear of the death of Walter Becker. His solo albums 11 Tracks of Whack and Circus Money are never far from the hi-fi at Big City Towers. His work with Donald Fagan in Steely Dan is simply peerless. He’ll be sorely missed. We missed Donald at his September Seattle show, which was understandably cancelled. Donald has vowed to continue touring with the Steely Dan band, which is at least some consolation. Walter Becker, R.I.P.

Interview with Ché Aimee Dorval | Proglodytes
We were pleased to see an interview with Tim’s former collaborator Che Aimee Dorval in Proglodytes. It’s great to see Che out there making it happen. Those of you who came to Tim’s ‘musical friends’ nights at Montmartre Café in East Vancouver will remember Che’s stunning voice, especially her amazing versions of Zero 7’s ‘Somersault and David’ Gray’s ‘Sail Away’. For more about that go here: http://timreadman.com/bandspast-and-present/montmartre-cafe-tim-readman-and-musical-friends/
In the interview she says:
We got our first computer with Garage Band on it, and I got heavy into writing and producing songs. One of those songs was “Lights Out” off of Vol. 1. Also, at this point, I was working with this amazing local musician, Tim Readman, who was teaching me guitar and the basics of songwriting. He had a weekly night at a French bistro in Vancouver and I sang at occasionally. It was with him and one of his producer friends that I recorded my first demo called Lights Out that I sold out of a coffee shop for a year before eventually losing the masters. So that’s gone for good.
The link to the whole interview is here but we had some troubles with it so we recommend you copy and paste it rather than clicking it. If it doesn’t work you can get to the interview via Che’s Facebook page or by Googling ‘Interview with Ché Aimee Dorval’.
https://proglodytes.com/2017/08/02/interview-with-che-aimee-dorval/
Meanwhile we are looking high and low to see if we can find our copy of Lights Out!!

The Exiles featured in The Magpie
There was a feature in the last edition of The Magpie magazine produced by the Newcastle United Supporters Club of London about the Exiles and their songs about the Toon. It included Alan Millen’s new regular column, which we’ve reproduced with links to some of our videos below.
THE EXILES
A regular column, Alan Millen, one half of The Exiles, a song-writing duo based in Switzerland & Canada brings us some more tunes and tales from their collection. Alan Millen & his musical partner Tim Readman as ‘The Exiles’ write songs about and inspired by Newcastle Utd. In total they have written around 50 songs about the highs & lows of supporting The Toon.
Way Back Home, from our second cd, celebrates the Toon Army travellers of the past season, during which the club set a record of 14 wins away from home. The video revisits each of the three-pointers.
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=3t0hokg4AJI
We wrote and recorded this back in 2007 but with the record-setting achievement now in the bag I was inspired to round up the pictures and make something more out of the song. The camaraderie of away-day travel is at the heart of the song. On a personal note, my only away-day league experiences with NUFC have been at Craven Cottage, none of which resulted in the celebration of three points! However, I’ll never forget being at the San Siro for the 2-2 draw with Inter Milan.
Postcard From Newcastle – This video is for a song called Postcard From Newcastle … in which a homesick magpie recalls the early 1970s. I put this one together after my most recent visit in early February. The song is on our 2012 release “at St. James’ Park”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOGmgR2AYGU
Until My Dying DayAs we prepared for the 2016-17 season I posted a video on Facebook in memory of my dear old dad, who passed away a few days after we narrowly escaped relegation at the end of the 2014-2015 season. His first visit to SJP was in 1935, when we were in the old Second Division. I believe the last time he saw NUFC play was at the 1955 F.A. Cup Final, together with his own dad. We were living in Hemel Hempstead at the time. Immigration to Canada in 1957 ended his days of seeing NUFC in person but he was a supporter until his dying day, just like the song says.
https://youtu.be/Q4xCXgOl4S8
The inspiration for this came within minutes of buying a 45rpm single of House of the Rising Sun by The Animals at a charity shop in Newcastle. I think it was in September 2002 because I was there then for the funeral of my auntie Rita, my dad’s older sister.

Dave Brewis – Autoleisureland
We received a new CD from Tim’s former Seaham schoolmate and (briefly) Kane Gang band mate Dave Brewis. Dave is a multi-instrumentalist who played most of the instruments on The Kane Gang’s hit records. He also produced and played with Prefab Sprout who were lead by Paddy MacAloon. Paddy went on to write the songs for Crocodile Shoes with Jimmy Nail. Anyway … Dave’s album is here – 12 tracks of Soul guitar music! It has been on the Big City hi-fi non-stop – in between Walter Becker’s albums – for the past several weeks now. It’s well worth getting hold of a copy.
http://www.autoleisureland.com

September 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. There’s a new selection of photos below for your pleasure. As long as you keep sending the photos we’ll keep posting them!




August 2017 News

Penguin Eggs Tribute to Vin Garbutt
By Roddy Campbell
Few folk singers, if any, communicated with an audience like Vin Garbutt. A natural comedian with an insightful, laugh-out-loud view of the greater world that he frequently toured, Garbutt also drew criticism and admiration for his topical songs on such issues as abortion and sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. Largely, though, he poignantly wrote about his North-East of England and its pictorial valleys, picturesque fishing villages, and daunting industrial centres. These he complimented with songs and tunes from the British and Irish traditions by accompanying himself splendidly on acoustic guitar or tin whistle. His hilarious, passionate, highly accomplished stage performances earned him the first BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Live Act.
Vin Garbutt died June 6, due to complications related to heart disease. He was 69. He is survived by his wife Pat and their four children, Emma, Tim, Katie and Louis.
See the next edition of Penguin Eggs magazine for the full article.

Message from Pat Garbutt
“OK so I have not been on Facebook for a lot of weeks but now it is high time that I sent my thanks out to you all for the support that I have received since Vin died. The tributes and messages on the internet that immediately poured in from every corner of the world were an unbelievable flowing tide that comforted me more than you could imagine at a time when I could not even believe what had happened. My children constantly read excerpts to me as I could not read them myself. But I promise you that every one of them has been saved and I will read each one many times over. I have also received literally hundreds of cards and letters. I will also read these over and over again to imprint on my mind all the beautiful words that you have taken the time to write.
I cannot tell you about my feelings on the day of the funeral as I do not have the words. But to see the cathedral completely full and to hear your voices singing as we came in with Vin was beautiful. The service was everything we had hoped it would be and I was so proud of my children and my family and all of those who bravely got up to speak.
Vin would never have believed the things that have happened to honour him since that day although twelve years ago when he first became ill he received many many cards and letters wishing him well. He joked that it was like being at his own funeral even though he was OK. So he knew how much you all loved him because you had already told him and showed him by supporting his gigs where ever he went. Thank you for everything from myself and our children, Emma, Tim, Katie and Louis. Your words of comfort are getting us through this.”

Halifax Disaster – ‘Song for Kate and Anthony’
There was a nice write up in Halifax’s Chronicle Herald about Tim and Alan Millen’s song about the Halifax Disaster – ‘Song for Kate and Anthony’. As previously reported, it is a “love among the ruins” tale, with lyrics by Alan Millen.
Haunting love song tells tale of explosion
Two Canadian artists have released a haunting song about the Halifax Explosion for its centenary, told through the eyes of two lovers.
Titled Song for Kate and Anthony, the melody is set to a YouTube montage of black-and-white photos including ships in Halifax harbour, First World War soldiers fighting in muddy trenches a huge cloud of smoke from the explosion and its aftermath, and rows of coffins and ruined buildings.
“In our effort to commemorate the tragedy we have incorporated the historical facts into a story of love among the ruins, involving a nurse and gravedigger whose romance flowers in the aftermath of the tragedy,” said lyricist Alan Millen in an email to The Chronicle Herald.
Song For Kate And Anthony was written and recorded in Vancouver earlier this year by Millen and musician Tim Readman. The YouTube video was put together using public domain photos of the 1917 explosion and First World War.
You can read the full article here:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1492578-haunting-love-song-tells-tale-of-explosion
Here’s the link to the video for the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8GUVsstKd0

Gigs
A reminder that in the fall, Tim is starting a series of musical pub nights at the Red Dragon on Main Street. Entrance to the pub is via the back alley behind The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver. We are starting on Sept 29th-so don’t miss it! Save the date!

Mission and Harrison Festival Photos
More photos, courtesy of official photographer and all-round good egg, Ben Shaevitz from the 30th annual Mission Folk Music Festival in July. Also some pics from Tim’s set with Jennie Bice at the Literary Café at The Harrison Hot Springs Festival of the Arts. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to culture and the arts in the Fraser Valley.

August 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. There’s a new selection of photos below for your pleasure. As long as you keep sending the photos we’ll keep posting them!

July 24th 2017 Update

Mission Folk Music Festival July 21-23
Tim MC-ed and played a couple of sets at the 30th annual Mission Folk Music Festival July 21-23. Tim’s first appearance was 24 years ago and by common consensus he has played at least 20 of the festivals over that time. Hats off to Michelle Demers Shaevitz and her amazing team at the 30th annual festival for a wonderful weekend of music and community. It was great to be there – here’s to the next 30!

Halifax Disaster – ‘Song for Kate and Anthony’
This is a “love among the ruins” tale, with lyrics by Alan Millen told from the perspective of the grandson of a nurse and a gravedigger whose romance blossomed in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917. It is our collaborative commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the terrible disaster, which was the world’s most devastating human-made explosion prior to the detonation of the atomic bomb. Tim recorded it with Bill Buckingham, at Palace Studios in East Vancouver, with Alan sitting in on a special visit from Zurich Switzerland.
Here’s the link to the video for the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8GUVsstKd0
If you happen to know anyone in or from Nova Scotia or anyone else who might be interested, it would be cool if you could forward the link to them.
You can read more about the disaster here: https://www.damninteresting.com/the-halifax-disaster/

Summer of Love
The psychedelic relic himself has been sending this note around to make sure nobody misses out on the fun!
“I am writing to let you know about a song Tim Readman and I collaborated on recently. It’s called The Summer Of Love and was recorded in Vancouver in April. It’s a light-hearted, affectionate tribute to the summer of 1967, in which Tim gets in touch with his inner Clapton-Hendrix while I draw inspiration from the relevant lyricists of the time. If you know of anyone in the local media scene who might be interested in the song, we would certainly appreciate any assistance in that regard.
For the record, I am an expat Vancouverite living in Zurich. I spent my formative years on Vancouver Island listening to the hits of the day via transistor radio tuned into CKLG and CFUN. Fifty years on, it feels right to take a trip down memory lane, adopting the alter-ego of a “psychedelic relic” determined to let his freak flag fly one more time. The link below takes you to the song video I made using public domain material from the period along with some bits and pieces from my own personal treasure chest. Some chuckles are guaranteed.
https://youtu.be/MgXlQN2kRUU
Best regards from rainy Zurich.
Alan”

Gigs
Tim is taking some time off over the summer to do some song writing – we’ll let you know as gigs re-commence. In the fall he is starting a series of musical pub nights at the Red Dragon on Main Street. Entrance to the pub is via the back alley behind The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver. 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!

May 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: Squamish, BC; Valencia, Spain; Dunedin, New Zealand; Vancouver, BC; London, England; Budapest, Hungary and Zurich, 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!

Mission Folk Music Festival July 21-23

Mission Folk Music Festival July 21-23
Tim is playing at the Mission Folk Music Festival July 21-23. You can see his bio on the festival website here:
http://www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca/2017/tim-readman/

Tim will be MC-ing with Jennie Bice Friday night, where the line-up is as follows:
6 pm – 10 pm
Mt. Baker Stage & Fraser Stage are adjacent and will alternate to serve the same audience!
Mt. Baker Stage
5:55 – 6:05pm Welcome
6:05 – 6:45pm The Sons of the Rainier
7:15 – 8:15pm The Boom Booms
9:00 – 10:00pm John Welsh Band
Fraser Stage
6:45 – 7:15pm Meghan Yates & the Reverie Machine
8:15 – 9:00pm Barney Bentall Quartet

Saturday he follows Andy Hillhouse and Cleia on the Ursa Minor Stage for a set 1:15 – 1:45pm.

Sunday once agin he’ll perform on the Ursa Minor Stage 2:45 – 3:30pm

For the full MFMF schedule go to: www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca

Mission Gallery
Here’s a few nostalgia photos of the folks I have played with at MFMF over the years-some taken at Mission and some not:

July 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: Richmond, BC; Madrid, Spain; Invercargill, New Zealand; Vancouver, BC; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Whistler, BC; Penrith, England; Lorien, France and Zurich, 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!

Vin Garbutt R.I.P.
Vin’s funeral was held on Friday 16th June with over 800 mourners packed into St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough, to celebrate his life and legacy with what was a wonderful and uplifting service that lasted for two hours. An emotional Eulogy was delivered by Vin’s four children, Emma, Tim, Katie and Louis and they would like to share it with those who could not be there on Friday – so you can read it here: http://www.vingarbutt.com/news/over-800-attend-vins-funeral-as-his-children-share-eulogy-for-those-who-were-not-there/

June 2017 Update

Halifax Disaster – ‘Song for Kate and Anthony’
Tim is back in the studio in late June with Bill Buckingham, at Palace Studios in East Vancouver, to record an Alan Millen song to commemorate the Halifax Disaster called ‘Song for Kate and Anthony’. In case you aren’t familiar with the story:
On the morning of December 6, 1917, two passenger trains en route to the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia were stopped in response to a brief, cryptic telegraph message sent from Halifax station: “Munition ships on fire. Making for Pier 6. Goodbye.” The ship described in the message was the French munitions ship Mont-Blanc, which was adrift in Halifax harbor, burning, and loaded with almost 2,700 tonnes of explosives intended for use in the first world war which was then raging in Europe.
On both sides of the harbor, hundreds of onlookers who were unaware of the danger had gathered on the shores to watch the spectacular fire. The burning ship slowly drifted into the pier on the west side, where its flames spread onto land. The fire department arrived in their first motorized fire engine, and began rolling out the hoses in an attempt to douse the flames, but their efforts proved futile. Within minutes, the Mont-Blanc’s highly explosive cargo of TNT, picric acid, and benzol fuel finally reached a tipping point, and the ship exploded in a ball of fire and energy more powerful than any man-made explosion before it.
All told, about 2,000 men, women, and children were killed that day, and some 9,000 injured. Makeshift mortuaries were left with the grim duty of processing bodies, which arrived by the dozens. Trains came and went from the city, bringing in men and women to help in the rescue efforts, and hauling away the dead, injured, and homeless. Dartmouth was less hard-hit, but far from spared. Approximately one hundred souls died there, and many of its buildings were damaged by the blast.
You can read more here: https://www.damninteresting.com/the-halifax-disaster/

Gigs
Tim is playing at Harrison Festival of the Arts July 10th and Mission Folk Music Festival July 21-23. He is also starting a series of musical pub nights at the Red Dragon on Main Street. Entrance to the pub is via the back alley behind The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver. 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!
Details of all gigs are here: http://timreadman.com/upcoming-shows/

May 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!

Missing Vin
So sorry to lose our great friend and mentor Vin Garrett. Much has been written since his untimely death all of which serves to reinforce his significance as musician, writer, entertainer and true gent! Vin’s funeral was Friday June 15th. May he rest in peace. Much love.