NEW LIVE DATES!

Big City Productions is situated within the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

As we move slowly into the next phase of recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic, so the gigs have started to trickle in. Tim and his newest musical partner, fiddler Prairie Wolfe, have dates at Harmony Arts Festival, in Osoyoos and at Vancouver’s esteemed Rogue Folk Club over the next few months. They’ll be playing a selection of original and traditional songs and fiddle tunes from Scotland, Ireland, Quebec, Cape Breton Island and elsewhere. Tim and Prairie first played together over 15 years ago and reconnected at the 2019 Mission Folk Music Festival after Prairie moved back to Vancouver from the USA. They had just played their first shows together after this long hiatus when the pandemic struck in March of 2020. Meanwhile they’ve been keeping their chops up by rehearsing outdoors whenever weather permits. See here for more – we’ll add details as we get them.

 

 

 

NEW CHRONOLORD ALBUM UPDATE

Tim and Andy Cooke aka Chronolord, have completed their second album which is due for release on September 1st 2021. The album is titled Time, Space and Other Dimensions and features nine new songs and two instrumental tracks as follows:

  1. Once It’s Gone
  2. You Will Live Forever
  3. She Thinks She Knows
  4. Through the Mists (Instrumental)
  5. Wake Up
  6. Slow Wave
  7. The Past
  8. Time’s Up
  9. Mud
  10. Impending Doom (Instrumental)
  11. For the Young

All songs are by Cooke/Readman. The general theme is reflected in the title and the individual songs are inspired by sources as diverse as childhood memories of the past, present climate change, the future of the triple bottom line and the private diaries of Marilyn Monroe. There’ll be more information when the album comes out. Meanwhile you can still hear Chronolord’s first album The Cuckoo Gene here. It’s also on Apple Music, Spotify and all the other major streaming platforms – where you’ll also soon be able to find Time, Space and Other Dimensions.

THE ANCIENT ART OF WEAVING – EVENTUALLY BROTHERS ALBUM UPDATE

The Ancient Art of Weaving continues to get airplay in Canada, the USA and the UK and is generating a favourable response. You can hear it now on our HearNow site. It’s also  available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and all the other major streaming platforms. You can find videos for songs from the album here.

IN THE HEATHER

Following our article about Tim’s former Fear of Drinking bandmate Allison Russell in the last newsletter, we got this from Chris Corrigan, who played flute on the 2001 album In the Heather (Traditional Irish Music in Support of the Portland Hotel Society). It featured musicians who played at the regular Irish music session at The Irish Heather pub in Vancouver’s Gastown in the 90s and early noughties, including Tim and Allison. 

“Beautiful memories. The first time I heard Allison sing at the Heather I was star struck. And when she sang Can Ye Sew Cushions on our In The Heather album, it was fitting that she did it a cappella. As great as that collection of musicians was, I still remember the feeling in the control room after she sang that, in one take, leaving us all melted in puddles on the floor. I had no idea she was so young at the time and no idea of her story and that she was only beginning a music career. I just thought having you two at the session made us more famous!”

Happy memories indeed. The album is hard to find now and if anyone out there has copies please let us know. If you’re in Vancouver and you want to hear it, there is a copy in the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch. Remember, you read it here first!

WATT GOVERNMENT BACK ON THE TUBE

Travelling back to times past (very much in the spirit of Time, Space and Other Dimensions) another former band mate of Tim’s, ex-Watt Government and Arthur 2 Stroke & the Chart Commandos conga player and percussionist Stevie Lee, sent us this screen shot from Sky Arts TV’s ‘From the Vaults’, presented by Elbow frontman Guy Garvey. It seems they are now re-showing excerpts from the legendary Tyne-Tees TV produced Friday night national pop music and culture show The Tube. The series was hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates and Watt Government were among its featured acts. You can see their original performance of their hit ‘Working My Fingers to the Bone’ here.