O lads, ye shud only seen us gannin', We pass'd the foaks upon the road just as they wor stannin';

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tim Readman

Emerging in his mid-teens from the same North-Eastern English folk scene as Jez Lowe, Vin Garbutt, and Bob Fox; County Durham lad Tim Readman earned a reputation as talented songwriter, guitarist, singer and interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. He cut his teeth with space rock legends The Blintz Band and prog-folk outfit Pigs Might Fly, before moving on to join ex-Bryan Ferry alumni and new-wavers The Divers.

He spent 10 years in Newcastle upon Tyne as electric guitarist and singer with northern soul/ska sensations Arthur 2 Stroke and the Chart Commandos, political world pop darlings Watt Government and also enjoyed a brief stint with schoolmates and hitmakers The Kane Gang.

Since emigrating to Vancouver BC he worked with all sorts of musicians including Jimmy Kwan, Point Blank, Kavita, The Blinds, Craig McKerron and Video Barbeque, before returning to his beloved folk roots with seminal Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking.

He has played for years with The Arrogant Worms – Canada’s Clown Princes of musical comedy – as an opening act, as a replacement for Mike McCormick, as part of their symphony orchestra show, as an accompanist on electric guitar and as road manager and chief heckler.

He still plays guitar, sings and writes with with ace fiddler Shona Le Mottée in her band, and as a duo, and produced her debut CD, Destination Grouville.

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