TIM READMAN: BIOGRAPHY
Vancouver BC’s Tim Readman is a musician, folksinger, songwriter, producer and music journalist, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is the former leader of Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking and has played for years with The Arrogant Worms. He also plays guitar, sings and writes with ace Celtic fiddler Shona Le Mottee. He has produced a number of CDs for other folk acts. He writes for Canada’s folk roots magazine Penguin Eggs. He was the Artistic Director for the 2008 and 2009 CelticFest Vancouver and is still with them as performer, musical host and MC. He has an extensive repertoire of original songs and can also perform everything from traditional murder ballads to more contemporary material by artists as diverse as The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and Madonna. He can entertain in any setting, from concert hall to campfire and makes people laugh at every show. He has just released a new CD of mainly traditional British and Irish folk songs entitled Out of the Green.
• “There are a lot of people who play folk music. Tim Readman is folk music … He knows which side he is on and why. He also understands how an artist and their music can bring a room together and make everyone feel welcome.”
Dugg Simpson, Vancouver Folk Music Festival Program Notes, Canada
• “Readman sounds a splendid individual ... who’s worked backwards via Canada to his British roots – first rate!”
Folk Roots Magazine, England
• “His strong personal voice, with commitments to themes of importance, speaks in the same vein as James Keelaghan and David Francey, while Tim’s sense of humour stands comparison with that of The Arrogant Worms.”
Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, Canada
• “A guitarist, singer and songwriter with a large repertoire of varied material and a well-honed sense of humour.”
Celtic Connection, Canada
• “Tim Readman has consistently shown himself to be one of the most versatile and innovative musicians on the Canadian and international folk stages, not to mention as a performer with a riotous sense of humour.”
Rogue Folk Review, Canada
TITLE: Out of the Green – Tim Readman and Jennie Bice
RELEASE DATE: 10/10/11 LABEL: Big City CATALOGUE #: BC021
DISTRIBUTION: CD Baby
FEATURING: Tim Readman - acoustic guitar and vocals
Jennie Bice - fiddle and vocals
Ed Weaver - mandola
Allan Dionne – accordion and bodhran
Bill Buckingham - 'cello, bass, harmonium, percussion and hammered dulcimer
TITLE: Out of the Green – Tim Readman and Jennie Bice
A decade after ‘Into the Red’, Tim Readman’s last release under his own name, comes this collection of six traditional and four contemporary folk songs from England, Ireland and Scotland. “Out of the Green came out of the blue really. After ten years of thinking about songs to record, it took ten minutes to make up my mind, ten days to record it all and ten weeks to get the record out!” It all started at a gig with Jennie Bice. “She threw a set list down and I said ‘Yes that looks good-where did it come from?’ She said ‘I have had it for fourteen years since our first gig together’. Bloody hell I thought - it is time we recorded this stuff! I had been trying in my head to mix my own songs with folk material and also include some pop and rock songs I like to play in a folk style and it just wasn’t working. I still have a load of originals and other songs ready to record but that’ll all have to wait until another time. In the meantime I wanted Out of the Green to hold together as a solid body of work.” We hope you agree that it has been worth the wait.
1. Barleycorn (Trad. Arr. Readman) 4:08
A rousing drinking song in slip-jig time. Everyone has heard the English version covered most notably by Traffic in the 1970’s. This is the Irish version from County Cork. The barley plant is anthropomorphized and his ignoble journey from seed in the ground to deposit in the urinal is both celebrated and lamented.
2. A Pair of Brown Eyes (Shane McGowan) 5:39
A waltz time sway-along classic. The Pogue Chieftain Shane McGowan is a poet and a genius. This is his beautiful and surreal London Irish sing-a-long drinking song.
3. Ballad of Cursed Anna (Jonathan Kelly) 4:55
A driving minor-key folk-rock opus, which tells a familiar tale in the canon of British and Irish folksong of transmogrification between old hag and young beauty. It is given another spooky lease of life by Mr. Kelly’s pen and Mr. Readman’s arrangment.
4. Winter Song (Alan Hull) 5:43
A slow and thoughtful ballad whose chilly seasonal theme should resonate with Canadians. The late, lamented and quite brilliant Alan Hull, socialist, Geordie, and rogue is criminally overlooked outside his native Northumbria. His songs, like the mist on the river, will be with us forever.
5. Limbo (Trad. Arr. Readman) 5:02
A mid tempo wickedly amusing folk ballad, featuring a dilletante who ‘struts like a crow in the gutter’, spends his fortune on women and drinking and then tricks his gullible uncle into bailing him out of debtor’s prison. Upon his release, completely remorseless, he goes straight back to the house of ill-repute to continue his philandering and his journey to damnation.
6. The Barley and the Rye (Trad. Arr. Readman) 3:01
A sprightly waltz time rendition of a familiar folk tale, in which a young woman, married to an old and daft husband, has a lusty affair with a young chap, right under her spouse’s nose ... and then persuades him to give her lover a job on his farm.
7. How Will I Ever Be Simple Again? (Richard Thompson) 3:45
A sad, slow ballad set in the troubled streets of Belfast. It's about the confusion in a soldier’s mind between the terrible experiences of war, and the real innocent simplicity he sees in a young girl.
8. Who Put the Blood (Edward) (Trad. Arr. Readman) 5:31
A brooding and intense murder ballad in which a mother questions her son about his whereabouts and dealings and, as mothers often do, gets to the bottom of things. In doing so she reveals the horrible truth concerning his actions.
9. The Sheep Stealer (Trad. Arr. Readman) 4:34
A sturdy waltz time ballad, concerning ‘a brisk lad whose fortune is bad’. Since desperate times call for desperate measures, he indulges in a little livestock rustling to feed his hungry family. He pins his hopes on his similarity in looks to his land owning brother, which he prays will help him evade the law’s attention.
10. The Cobbler and the Butcher (Trad. Arr. Readman) 4:55
Can there be a jauntier and more saucy song in English folk music? A cheeky little ditty in which an amorous cobbler pushes his luck with the local butcher’s wife and gets his come-uppance at the hands her husband. It’s like a French bedroom farce set to music.