Fear of Drinking – Live in Zurich

We are delighted to follow up on our last blog with more news about Live in Zurich. The CD is now out and available from CD Baby – see below for more info

Artist: Fear of Drinking

Album: Live in Zurich

Label: Big City 

Catalogue #: BC026

How to Hear and Buy Live in Zurich

– If you would like to listen to the songs please go here:

– If you would like to buy the CD or a download of the songs please go here:

– If you would like to get the CD the old fashioned way please send a cheque for $12 made payable to Tim Readman to us at:

Big City Productions, #323 – 916 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1K7

– Alternatively if you use Paypal you can send $12 using the email address don’t forget to also send an email to us with your mailing address for your copy of Live in Zurich.  

– Live in Zurich will also be available on i-Tunes, Apple Music, Spotify and all on-line music purchasing and streaming sites over the next few weeks. We’ll be updating the website accordingly and adding it to our discography page at very soon.




Live in Zurich Sleeve Notes

Tim Readman is a musician, songwriter, producer and music journalist originally from County Durham, England. Songwriter and guitarist, Gerard Kerr, is from Southland, New Zealand. They met in Vancouver BC and formed Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking, whose energetic live act became very popular in the 1990’s as they played folk clubs, night spots, pubs, chip shops, laundromats and folk festivals across Canada and the USA. They recorded three albums, which garnered considerable airplay and built their reputation for humour and harmony with their folk songs about coal, sheep and love gone bad. Although they officially came off the road in 2000, they have since reformed to play the odd show when the fancy takes them.

This recording was made during their legendary 1999 European tour and was the only time this particular line-up ever played together. (You may ask why … but that’s another story altogether.) It was thought to be lost, after sound engineer Ueli Brunner’s Chuchichäschtli studio, where the tapes were kept, was burgled. However it later transpired that the tape had been put into the wrong box. This was only revealed when Ueli was searching for another recording and played the tape, in the mistaken belief it contained a sketch by Swiss-German comedian Bruno Büezer. Frantic phone calls were made, couriers were enlisted and the precious Ampex 2 track master tape was soon winging its way to Vancouver BC (in the Canadian part of what Ueli refers to as ‘Ausland’) where it was lovingly coaxed into its full glory, and made ready to be digitally preserved for your delectation. “Das Leben ist voller Überraschungen” as they say in Zurich.

Tristan Fabriani


Live in Zurich Track List

Track list:

  1. Blackleg Miner (1:48) (Trad. arr. Readman)
  2. Aftermath (The Mining Rant) (4:53) (Readman)
  3. Flanagan (2:49) (Kerr)
  4. Botany Bay (3:16) (Trad. arr. Kerr/Readman)
  5. Flynn’s Tail (2:31) (Kerr/Readman)
  6. The Rocky Road to Dublin (3:33) (Trad. arr. Kerr)
  7. The Seaham Song (3:30) (Readman/Naomi Readman)
  8. I’ll Tell Me Ma (2:59) (Trad. arr. Readman)
  9. New York Girls (3:54) (Trad. arr. Readman)


Live in Zurich Credits

Recorded live at Stadtsommer Festival, Zurich, Switzerland in August 1999

The band:

Tim Readman: Acoustic guitar, vocals

Gerard Kerr: Acoustic guitar, vocals

Revellie Nixon: Drums, backing vocals

Brendan Mooney: Bass, backing vocals

Tom Neville: Fiddle and mandolin

Victor Smith: Fiddle

Original analogue recording and sound engineering in the Chuchichäschtli mobile studio, August 1999 by Ueli Brunner

Stadtsommer Festival announcer: Pascal Holzer

Editing, post-production and digital mastering at The Palace Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 2018 by Bill Buckingham

Cover design and layout by Neasa Maguire

Manufacturing by Sonja Stockle at Sonri2e Duplication   

Swiss timing and linguistics by Alan Millen

Management, logistics and publicity by Tristan Fabriani

Catalogue # BC026     All rights reserved © & ℗ Big City Productions/SOCAN 2018

Produced by Tim Readman and Bill Buckingham

Made in Canada

May 2018 … and We are Still Going Blue

We continue to get a tremendous response to our request for fans to send snaps of the cover of Go Blue from around the world for us to post on social media. There’s a new selection of photos below for your pleasure. That’s the last lot we’ll be posting – thanks everyone for sending them in!