Tim Hutchinson performs as a solo singer-songwriter. Accompanied by nothing more than his rich guitar picking and strumming, Hutchinson allows his unique voice and clever lyrics to tell a story, or frame an image in your mind’s eye.
The young artist made first appearance in the folk music scene while studying composition at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 2011. Before focusing on folk music and songwriting he was the front man, composer and saxophonist for the critically acclaimed Nomadic Orchestra. Since his teens Hutchinson has been involved in a diverse range of ensembles, from church bands to township reggae and jazz outfits, but the idea of solo performance always intrigued him.
In 2011 Hutchinson resigned from the Nomadic Orchestra, organized his first solo gig and then began to frantically write songs to meet his self-imposed deadline. He describes the move towards folk music as moving home.
The only song in his repertoire when he began preparing for his first gig was one he had written for his father’s 60th birthday a month or two earlier. Each verse is a different childhood memory of his father coupled with the chorus refrain: “Like a tree.” This deeply personal storybook-song, intended for only one man, for only one event became a frequent request at Hutchinson’s gigs. Like a Tree is now the title track to his much anticipated debut album, released March 2013.
Tim Hutchinson teaches maths in a rural school in Zithulele (near Coffee Bay) in the Transkei where he has now made his home. He has chosen not to be a full time musician but to rather let his music be a kind commentary on the other things he is passionate about, and thereby remaining inspired.