20 years professional experience as a folk singer ,concertina player and actor has made Tim one of the most exciting and interesting performers on the folkscene today. With a wide and unique repertoire of material and a particular interest in the songs and traditions of the West Country and East Anglia, Tim is constantly in demand in folk clubs, festivals, schools and community venues as a solo artist and also with his group The New Scorpion Band.
Although Tim was brought up in Dorset, he first became interested in traditional English folksong while at university in Norwich: early influences were Peter Colman, Peter Bellamy and Tony Hall. He built up a repertoire of songs from singers such as Harry Cox, Sam Larner and Walter Pardon. Shortly after turning professional, Tim joined Taffy Thomas' Magic Lantern travelling show, which developed his interest in storytelling in all its forms, and in live performance. Since the early 1980's Tim has continued to perform in folk venues in Britain and beyond, and has also followed a parallel career in the theatre as and actor/ musician, including stints at the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Old Vic, the Young National Trust Theatre, Theatre in the Downs and the Royal National Theatre.
Tim has also written three plays which combine his interests in folk music and theatre. Red Spider is a melodramatic story by Baring Gould with local folksongs as the score; Poor Man's House is based on the book by Stephen Reynolds about the Sidmouth Fishing community in 1900; and Really Beautiful Company is about the composer Percy Grainger collecting folksongs in a Gloucestershire workhouse. All three plays are currently receiving, or have just completed, second productions..
Since returning to live in Dorset, Tim has featured West Country material in his repertoire, and developed his own songwriting. He spent some time as a member of the Melstock Band, and has also worked with the Kipper Family in the New Trunch Coronation Band, and with the Albion Band in 'Lark Rise'. Tim's new group the New Scorpion Band has just released a new CD 'The New Scorpion Band'. The group has five members, and prefers to perform acoustically; the repertoire is largely English folksong and British tunes. Last year the band returned to Colombia, and also toured in Israel, as well as giving performances in Britain.
In 1998 Tim recorded and produced Salty Tales, a collection of sea songs and stories with Taffy Thomas as a fund-raiser for the RNLI, and also took part in the sessions for Dead Maid's Land, a CD for Wildgoose records of recently discovered songs collected in Devon by Sabine Baring-Gould Collection
Doug Bailey 1999