We have had two brilliant Goose evenings with Tim! We were particularly delighted to have been able to book him in 2010, as he had been very tied up with his work with War Horse at the National Theatre and latterly the New London Theatre, and had not been undertaking other folk gigs.
Tim has come a long way since winning the 1998 BBC Young Folk Award, breaking new ground with Dr Faustus and touring the world with Waterson:Carthy.
He is now firmly established as a leading light in the UK’s thriving folk scene. The Guardian described him as “compelling” and “original” and the Observer described his last album (acclaimed everywhere from the Times to the Sun) as “a triumph”.
Here’s what the Morning Star said,
“Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves sees Tim van Eyken slipping from traditionalism into the ghostly hinterland occupied by the likes of Alasdair Roberts and Will Oldham, where folk formalism meets the eerie textures of modern electronica to bring out the mix of death, lust, religion and hedonism that lies at the heart of folk.”
The Telegraph said,
“He fully exploits his great strengths of versatility and boundless enthusiasm. Babes in the Wood is given a darkly compelling treatment, and there is chaotic joy to Twelve Joys of Mary, its anarchic percussion and brass inspired by memories of a boisterous wedding procession Van Eyken joined while visiting Syria.” The giant strides made by English folk music will not shorten while it remains in such accomplished hands.”
The Sunday Times made the “Stiffs” album a **** Pop (sic!) CD of the Week, and said,
“In his sleeve notes, Tim van Eyken attempts a definition of folk able to encompass his quietly radical arrangements of traditional tunes……(he) encourages the songs to speak for themselves, and finds they still have plenty to say.”
At the time of writing, Tim’s website is apparently “under reconstruction” (we know the feeling!), so in the meantime,