cyber bard, composer, performer and author



Musical History

Tim’s lyrics betray a beautiful intelligence, a mixture of deep emotional, intuitive, other-dimensional and mental understanding and tenderness melded together with the power to reach in and enchantingly transport you to another plane.

Just as punk was about to overtake the world, I discovered Rachmaninov. Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music. I learned to play bass (in secret) and joined my first band The Urban Schoolgirls with Richie van Spall in the early ’80s. Went travelling, met Max Pashm under the sacred oak at Glastonbury Festival and subsequently formed Tribal Laughter with Max and Danni Speekman.

silver_twiglets051209A growing interest in Celtic spirituality led to Bardic Folk band Silver on the Tree in 1988; contributing material to Eye of the AeonMystic Spiral and Morning Glory. I was one of the founders of the Avalonian Free State Choir in 1992, principally with the intention of performing “Pagan Carols”. We recorded Carols for Solstice with a smaller group, The Silver Twiglets in 1996. Recorded solo projects The Isle of the Dead and Born with Masks in 1992. I also joined Invisible Opera in the same year, originally intended to be a Gong tribute band that wasn’t a tribute band, recording Jewel in the Lotus and Open for Isness. I got involved with Tribal Voices, a collective of acoustic musicians, eco-buskers and protest singers in 1998, which seriously immanentised my political eschaton.

I’m proud to have had the opportunity to collaborate with other artists like Joie HintonDaevid AllenBrian GullandDave GoodmanJana RunnallsBrian Abbott and Lui Krieg; I have also enjoyed playing bass with Dragonsflyici maintenantsAltered NativeSpace PiratesMother Gong and Circulus. I held the Bardic Chair of Ynys Witrin (Glastonbury) from 2005 to 2007; going on to become one of the Elder Bards of Gorsedh Ynys Witrin.

A rousing and life-affirming rattlebag of song! Stirring, searching, soulful and beautiful; sung and played with passion as well as artistry.

I recorded my solo acoustic album, Charm in 2003 and a digital tone poem, Flutter. I’m currently performing with The Archetypes and Carols in the appropriate season with Silver Twiglets along with irregular solo shows.

tim_gtrme_stonehenge_2006 Influences: Robert Wyatt, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Gong, Here & Now, Can, Grateful Dead, Steve Hillage, Daevid Allen, Nik Turner, Cocteau Twins, Talking Heads, 13th Floor Elevators, Gryphon, Pentangle, Anne Briggs, Dom DufF, Leon Rosselson, Roy Harper, Elvis Costello, The Ullulators, Pulp, Sunny Ade, Rachmaninov, Bulgarian and Georgian choral music. Joan Baez, the Seekers and the Galliards were my surrogate folk roots.

Genre: Folk Rock / Psychedelic

 liquid gold for the soul.