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"Out of the Green - DJ Reviews"

Tim Readman and Jennie Bice have collaborated on a commendable merging of trad and contemporary UK folk called Out Of The Green.
Tom Harrison, The Province, Vancouver BC

I received your CD today, listening now as I type this and wow! I like it - your music is excellent - great stuff my friend...What a wonderful CD, you have taken the original and traditional and made them your own.
Terry Ferdinand, The Folk Show, Bishop FM Radio, UK

Congratulations on the fine album...
Roman and Brenda, Regina's Mighty Shores, CJTR 91.3 FM, Regina, SK, Canada

Thanks for your e mail I used the link and downloaded your stuff and have
very much enjoyed it and I will be playing some on my show in the near
Liz Franklin, Folkal Point , Radio Teesdale, UK

Thanks for reaching out to me via my folk station "Folk Tyme". I listened and downloaded your 4 tracks on the website. I'm adding Barleycorn and The Cobbler and the Butcher into rotation right away!
John Enger, Folk Tyme, Live365.com Internet Radio

Thanks for the recording. You and Jennie sound great together. I don’t know where you find these songs but I just love listening to the lyrics of The Barley and the Rye and The Cobbler and The Butcher. We’ll playlist those straight off with nods to Ballad of Cursed Anna and the apropos Winter Song.
Cal Koat, Worldbeat Canada www.worldbeatinternational.com and Celt In A Twist CJVB AM 1470, Vancouver, BC, Canada

I really do love the CD – especially Winter Song. I hope you like the sentiment about your versions being like hitting a refresh button online. It’s not easy to do others’ covers in a way that is better than the original...My Stoke the Folk co-host and our intern absolutely adored the songs we played on the show last week.
Laurie-Ann Copple, Stoke the Folk, CKDJ 107.9 FM, Ottawa

Thank you very much for sending "Out of the Green", it is a true delight. I like what I hear - I enjoy listening to your entertaining renditions of the old traditional songs and of the new ones. Menachem Vinegrad, Worldwaves, Radio Upper Galilee, Israel

Thanks for the CD. I have been playing it for the last few weeks and we have it in our digital library too, and that is a VERY GOOD THING!!!!!!!!.
Andy Donnelly, The Celtic Show CKUA Radio, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A damn fine album Tim- my pleasure to play it!
Jim Marino 93.3 CFMU – Hamilton, ON, Canada

Tim Readman, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, has made Vancouver, British Columbia, his adopted home. When not writing reviews for the Canadian folk magazine Penguin Eggs, he is playing gigs with a mixed repertoire of original songs, contemporary stuff from The Beatles to Madonna, and last but not least traditional music from Britain and Ireland. The latter is featured on his recent album "Out of the Green", a selection of six traditional and four contemporary folk songs. It kicks off with the Ron Kavana version of the ancient English drinking song "(John) Barleycorn", followed by Shane MacGowan's boozing "A Pair of Brown Eyes". Trad music alternates with more recent tracks: Richard Thompson's "How Will I Ever Be Simple Again?" is followed by the classical murder ballad "Who Put the Blood?" (courtesy of Karan Casey) and "The Sheep Stealer" (thanks to The Voice Squad; Martin Carthy also used to do it, see review above). With gentle vocals and an easy-going folkrock-like delivery, driven by Tim's guitar as well as mandola (Ed Weaver), fiddle (Jennie Bice) and accordion (Allan Dionne), "Out of the Green" is in some way as characteristically Canadian as the rolling western prairies or the gentle hills of the Ontario countryside. This always makes it enchanting and entertaining to lend an ear!
Thomas Keller , FolkWorld #46, Salzgitter , Germany http://www.folkworld.eu/46/e/cds1.html#read

TIM READMAN & JENNIE BICE – Out Of The Green – Big City BC021
November 22, 2011
An album of British traditional and modern songs by a Canadian artist is an intriguing prospect. Even more intriguing is Tim Readman’s track record which embraces every influence available between Newcastle and Vancouver and digging deeper you find that Tim is a Geordie born and bred, which explains quite a lot. As well as being a singer, guitarist and songwriter Tim is a producer and journalist and sometime artistic director of CelticFest Vancouver and now the picture is complete.
The material on Out Of The Green would not be a surprise on any CD by a young British singer. Tim’s sources are impeccable and, although many of the titles are familiar, he has interesting variants on the traditional material and an interesting approach to the contemporary material. He opens with a brash Irish version of ‘Barleycorn’ and follows that with a rather polite version of ‘A Pair Of Brown Eyes’ in which he covers Shane McGowan while not falling into the trap of sounding like him. Next is probably the album’s best track, Jonathan’s Kelly’s ‘Ballad Of Cursed Anna’ which, if you didn’t know otherwise, you’d attribute to Bob Pegg. His supporters are fiddler Jennie Bice, who shares top billing, plus Ed Weaver and Alan Dionne on mandola, accordion and bodhran – tight and dynamic but not intrusive... Dai Jeffries
- Folk DJ Postings and On-Line reviews

"Tim Readman - Out of the Green - Review"

Tim Readman and Jennie Bice, both excellent musicians in their own right are well-known in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. They recently collaborated and recorded a CD, titled Out of the Green.
A decade after ‘Into the Red’, Tim Readman’s last release under his own name, comes this collection of six traditional and four contemporary folk songs from England, Ireland and Scotland. Sometimes some of the best things are spur of the moment and Tim Readman speaks about how unplanned the recording of his new CD was.
“Out of the Green came out of the blue really. After ten years of thinking about songs to record, it took ten minutes to make up my mind, ten days to record it all and ten weeks to get the record out!”
It all started at a gig with Jennie Bice. “She threw a set list down and I said ‘Yes that looks good-where did it come from?’ She said ‘I have had it for fourteen years since our first gig together’. Bloody hell I thought - it is time we recorded this stuff! I had been trying in my head to mix my own songs with folk material and also include some pop and rock songs I like to play in a folk style and it just wasn’t working.
I still have a load of originals and other songs ready to record but that’ll all have to wait until another time. In the meantime I wanted Out of the Green to hold together as a solid body of work. We hope you agree that it has been worth the wait.”
Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne England, Tim readman has an impressive biography as a musician, folksinger, songwriter, producer and music journalist, and he plays guitar sings and writes.
Tim is the former leader of Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking and has played for years with The Arrogant Worms. He has produced a number of CDs for other folk acts. He writes for Canada’s folk roots magazine Penguin Eggs. He was the Artistic Director for the 2008 and 2009 CelticFest Vancouver and is still with them as performer, musical host and MC.
He also has an extensive repertoire of original songs and can also perform everything from traditional murder ballads to more contemporary material by artists as diverse as The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and Madonna, and has performed in many settings, from concert halls to more intimate venues.
Some of the tracks on the album include Barleycorn; Ballad of Cursed Anna; The Barley and the Rye; How Will I Ever Be Simple Again?; The Sheep Stealer and The Cobbler and the Butcher
Musicians on the CD include Tim Readman on acoustic guitar and vocals; Jennie Bice, fiddle and vocals; Ed Weaver, mandola; Allan Dionne, accordion and bodhran; and Bill Buckingham, cello, bass, harmonium, percussion and hammered dulcimer.
All of the songs on Out of the Green are folk tales set to music and Tim Readman delivers the lyrics in the clean convincing manner of a true shanachie.
Out of the Green is available at www.timreadman.com, www.cdbaby.com, and iTunes.
- Celtic Connection - November 2011 edition

"Out of The Green"

Geordies, the people of northeast England, have a particular liking for songs that tell stories—as anyone who’s ever heard Vin Garbutt or Jez Lowe can attest. Tim Readman, who hails from Newcastle, certainly has a keen nose for a good yarn, and on Out Of The Green the Vancouver-based singer and guitarist offers an eclectic collection of six traditional and four contemporary folksongs from England, Scotland and Ireland.
Backed by fiddler Jennie Bice, mandola player Ed Weaver, accordionist Allan Dionne, and multi-instrumentalist Bill Buckingham, Tim hits the ground running with a boisterous Irish version of John Barleycorn learned from Ron Kavana. “He had it from a Cork singing family, and encouraged me to sing and record it. It’s really interesting how many threads of the same story appear in different cultures.”
The song tells how Barleycorn, the personification of the barley, grows to manhood and is then cut down, threshed and crushed, only for his spirit to come triumphantly back to life in the form of beer and whiskey. Tim sings it with the verve of a tipsy Viking in a Lindisfarne mead hall.
There’s a great range of songs on the album. The Sheep Stealer is a feisty song from the hills around Geordieland that paints a picture of resistance to the authorities and economic desperation. Limbo is another gem, a comic stage ballad about the 18th century equivalent of a hipster-slacker who’s in and out of the bawdy house and the debtor’s prison like a yo-yo.
The chilling Who Put the Blood (Edward) is a medieval murder mystery in ballad form, a dialogue between mother and son in which she winkles out the grisly truth. “Mother’s have this sixth sense when it comes to their children,” says Tim dryly.
Out Of The Green isn’t all about ritualistic dismemberment, murder and criminality however. English folkies also have fun in other ways, and there’s a couple of great comic songs about sexual encounters. The Barley in the Rye manages to compress the entire short story of a doddering cuckold, his wife, and her lover into three verses. The more ample The Cobbler and the Butcher, the album’s closer, is a saucy broadside ballad with more double meanings than you can shake a steak at. “I like what we did to it musically—it has a bouncy swagger and seemed nice to have something tongue-in-cheek at the end.”
For Tim, what makes a song great—whether contemporary or traditional—is the story and poetry. Out Of The Green includes two classics of our time, Richard Thompson’s haunting lament set in war-torn Belfast, How Will I Ever Be Simple Again?, and A Pair of Brown Eyes by former Pogue frontman and dentists’ poster boy Shane MacGowan.
“What I’ve always loved about both of them is that you don’t know what’s happening yet you get these incredibly evocative images. It’s getting away from the sequential, pedantic way of telling a story—leaving it to the listeners to piece together for themselves. That’s what I really like in folksong.”
– By Tony Montague
- Penguin Eggs Magazine and Rogue Folk Review

"Rogue Folk Review"

“Tim Readman has consistently shown himself to be one of the most versatile and innovative musicians on the Canadian and international folk stages, not to mention as a performer with a riotous sense of humour.”

- Rogue Folk Review, Vancouver, Canada

"Tim Readman is Folk Music"

“There are a lot of people who play folk music. Tim Readman is folk music … Long before Main Street turned up in any developer’s vision, Tim was a driving force at The SouthHill Candy Shop and his nights at the Montmartre Café are among the foundation stones of live acoustic music in the city … He knows which side he is on and why. He also understands how an artist and their music can bring a room together and make everyone feel welcome”
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Program Notes 2006, BC, Canada

"Celtic Connection Review"

“‘A guitarist, singer and songwriter with a large repertoire of varied material and a well-honed sense of humour capable of playing unplugged to a rapt audience in a small folk club or cranking it up and blasting the audience into a dancing frenzy at a folk festival or nightclub.”

- Celtic Connection, Vancouver, Canada

"Rogue Folk Review"

“Enthusiastically serving up spirited traditional and original songs…along with a healthy dose of Tim’s cheeky, often outrageous wit…a satisfying meal…So if you are feeling hungry for excellent, tasty, superbly served music, this will satisfy you fully.”

- The Rogue Folk Review, Vancouver, BC, Canada

"Canadian Folk Music Bulletin Review"

“Songwriters like Tim Readman and Jez Lowe are worthy continuants of the long tradition of songwriting — often commentary on the hardship and humour of everyday life — that have kept the North East of England vibrant through centuries…The songs reflect his life from childhood, commenting on the political storms of Northern life, and in the voice of an emigrant, especially as an immigrant to Canada. His writing and music prove winners both for immigrants and for native Canadians…His strong personal voice, with commitments to themes of importance, speaks in the same vein as James Keelaghan, Eileen McGann and David Francey, while Tim’s sense of humour stands comparison with that of The Arrogant Worms. Everything from world politics to the celebration of what most people would call junk: that’s Tim! I highly recommend this CD.”

- Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, Calgary, AB, Canada

"Folk Roots Review"

“Readman sounds a splendid individual, a founder member of Viz comic, ex-member of the Kane Gang , who’s worked backwards via Canada to his British roots – First Rate.”
- Folk Roots Magazine, London, England


This is a selection. I have also produced records for Sensible Footwear, Tarkin, Massey 44 and others. For information on my releases back in Newcastle upon Tyne go to www.timreadman.com

All produced by Tim Readman.

KAVITA – Anticipation / Living In My Shell1993 Big City (12? Vinyl and Cassette)

POINT BLANK – Demo #1 1993 Big City (Cassette Only)

FEAR OF DRINKING – Get On With It 1993 Big City (Cassette Only)

FEAR OF DRINKING – It Could Happen to You 1995 Big City (Cassette Only)

FEAR OF DRINKING – One Morning When I Went to Work 1996 Big City (CD)

TIM READMAN AND FEAR OF DRINKING – In Black and White 1999 Big City (Download and CD)

TIM READMAN – Into the Red 2001 Big City (Download and CD)

THE EXILES – The 1st Eleven 2003 Big City (Download and CD)

SHONA LE MOTTEE – Destination Grouville 2005 Jersey Girl/Big City (CD)

THE EXILES -…and 50,000 on the Bench 2007 Big City (Download and CD)

THE EVENTUALLY BROTHERS – (Tim Readman -and Craig McKerron) – All Over The Map 2008 Big City (Download and CD)

THE EXILES – Run Geordie Run theme songs for Mark Allison’s historic fundraising run across the USA – Runner on a Lonely Road/Beneath the Angel’s Wings Once More 2010 Big City (Download and CD)

NEWCASTLE ROAD – Celebrate The Beatles 2010 Big City (Download and CD E.P.)

TIM READMAN AND JENNIE BICE – Out of the Green 2011 Big City (Download and CD)


PAUL “LOLLY” LAWTON – (Tim Readman sings two songs) -Great Stuff 2007 Independent (CD)

…AND VARIOUS COMPILATIONS, TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION HERE…I mean, if you are really that much of a trainspotter I can send you an email



Vancouver BC’s Tim Readman is a musician, folksinger, songwriter, producer and music journalist, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is the former leader of Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking and has played for years with The Arrogant Worms. He also plays guitar, sings and writes with ace Celtic fiddler Shona Le Mottee. He has produced a number of CDs for other folk acts. He writes for Canada’s folk roots magazine Penguin Eggs. He was the Artistic Director for the 2008 and 2009 CelticFest Vancouver and is still with them as performer, musical host and MC. He has an extensive repertoire of original songs and can also perform everything from traditional murder ballads to more contemporary material by artists as diverse as The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and Madonna. He can entertain in any setting, from concert hall to campfire and makes people laugh at every show. He has just released a new CD of mainly traditional British and Irish folk songs entitled Out of the Green.