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!

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