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.

Friday June 16th Pub Night at the Red Dragon …

Yes! Friday June 16th 7.30 pm Pub Night at the Red Dragon – with classic British pub food and music by Tim Readman at The Cambrian Hall 215 East 17th Avenue Vancouver V5V 1A6

Vin Garbutt RIP

So sad to hear about Vin passing away. He taught me more than anyone will ever know. Love to Pat and all the family.

May 2017 Update

Summer of Love
Tim was 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, called … you guessed it … Summer of Love! This affectionate but tongue-in-cheek pastiche of the sounds and sentiments of that particularly hot season can now be downloaded here –
https://wetransfer.com/downloads/023354799b69cb8a2703b9b86851447120170510193215/ee5f9b324384418442d0f35c46f9bdc820170510193215/f8858b
– but hurry it is only there until 16 May, 2017!

Summer of Love on YouTube
… and here’s a message from lyricist and man about Zurich town Alan Millen:
With the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band only a couple of weeks away, it’s time to recall what became known as The Summer Of Love. Your humble scribe has reinvented himself as the psychedelic relic precisely for this purpose. Teaming up with Tim Readman and Bill Buckingham always leads to some exciting adventures and this time around is no exception. The track was recorded in Vancouver in April.
We’re dedicating this particular effort to all you flower children out there. You know who you are!
Please make an old hippy happy and share the video link generously with kindred spirits of all ages.
https://youtu.be/MgXlQN2kRUU
Feelin’ groovy!
Alan

Comedy Cares
We had great time at Comedy Cares in Port Coquitlam with Alison Ogilvie and crew. We raised a few hundred for Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity and Boden Lalonde.
Tim played a couple of his own humorous ditties and Mike McCormick’s ‘I am Cow’ from his days performing with The Arrogant Worms, and one from Vin Garbutt’s repertoire called The Hartlepool Monkey by Alan Wilkinson. You can read about the legend of this famous monkey here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_hanger and hear the song here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOqBOl2F6Uk
Just in case you’ve never heard the Worms then try going here to hear the fine hymn to the bovine creatures who keep some of us well fed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaAojNwzFXY

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!

Comedy Cares Benefit Show Saturday April 29th

Performing in PoCo – Comedy Cares benefit show for Stroke Recovery Association Saturday night come out if you can. #laughteristhebestmedicine!

Date City Venue
04/29/17 Port Coquitlam, BC Royal Canadian Legion PoCo

Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: 604-367-8782. Address: 2675 Shaughnessy Street. Venue phone: (604) 942-8911. Comedy Cares: A comedy and music show to benefit Stroke Recovery Association of BC. Food and alcohol are available at the bar area and can be taken into the concert room for the show. We expect to finish around 8.30-9pm depending on how many acts we have and then there will be a karaoke for those wishing to stay on and have a sing song. FOR MORE INFO: Alison Ogilvie, Port Coquitlam Branch Coordinator, Stroke Recovery Association of BC Phone: 604-367-8782 Email: pocostrokerecovery@gmail.com