Welcome to the webpages of Tim Brooks
Eclectic Fiddler, Singer, and Song Writer
For booking enquiries regarding any of these performers - or communication for any other reason for that matter -
please use the e-mail address shown above - or alternatively call me on 01923 264536
Performs solo at folk clubs, social events and festivals. His solo repertoire is a mix of traditional/traditional-style songs and fiddle tunes, mostly from the British Isles, but with other influences mixed in. Tim's songwriting credits include "The Devil in York" and "So Far From Home", both of which have been performed and recorded by several other artists, not least by Jim Mageean and the late, great, Johnny Collins. Tim accompanies himself on fiddle, guitar and occasional other instruments.
His playing style is firmly rooted in dance, influenced not only from his early days of playing in Puddleduck, the Rose and Shamrock Ceilidh Band, Happenstance, Gizmo, Herga Morrismen and the Haddenham Hoofers, but also more recently for Tappalachian, step dancer Kerry Fletcher, and his latest ceilidh band 'Threadneedle'.
Tim also teaches fiddle, and has developed a workshop targeted at beginners and improvers in folk fiddle entitled "The Zen of fiddle playing (why didn't anyone tell me that before)", which was well received at the Orwell Bluegrass festival and at the Chippenham and Cleckheaton Folk Festivals.
Lawrance and Brooks
Chris Lawrance sings and plays banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass and together with Tim has put together a set which explores the differences and similarities in traditional music and song from both sides of the Atlantic. Expect lively fiddle tunes, up-tempo chorus songs, and one or two more thoughtful pieces too!
In addition to performing with Tim, Chris is a music teacher, and also performs solo. His past associations include working with with the Goose and Gridiron band and Run of the Mill.
Some video demos
Chris and Tim play the American fiddle tune Granny Does your Dog Bite
Chris leads on the Old Time classic Sourwood Mountain
Learnt from Rosenbaum's 'Art of the Mountain Banjo' Sweet Nora Lee
For solo engagements by Chris or enquiries regarding his Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin or Bass lessons, you can contact Chris directly through the contact details on Chris Lawrance's website.
The sharpest barn dance and ceilidh band in England!
We can't escape the fact that a lot of the music we play is meant for dancing, so we scratch that itch by playing for Barn Dances and Ceilidhs whenever we get the chance, with the talented Alan Spindler on Guitar, Chris Lawrance on Banjo and Mandolin, Lesley Brooks on Recorders and Rick Eyres on String Bass. Together we have a great repertoire of British and American dance tunes, and have worked with a number of callers, including Martin Lindridge, Alan Simpson, Wendy Harrup, Anna Park and Aidan Hansell.
For more information go to The Threadneedle page
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I have added to the fiddletunes page a pdf document of chord charts for some popular old-time tunes