Congratulations to Tim Edey who has been nominated in Musician of the Year sponsored by The University of the Highlands and Islands in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Tim Edey of Tim Edey the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Tim Edey (BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Ross Ainslie, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Altan, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, Kevin Burke, Liam O’Maonlai, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff , Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few…
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I first joined the band Session A9 after supporting Capercaillie in Galicia, Spain way back in 1999 as part of Mike McGoldrick band. Charlie McKerron asked me to join the band he was then starting, I spent around 6 years in it playing and touring with them on both the debut album and 2nd one.
I moved to Scotland in 2012 and lived in Perthshire where my partner is from singer Isobel Crowe & then moved back here again nearly 2 years ago now.
I love your culture and music here especially the Gaelic songs which I try to re-create on guitar.
Any particular career highlights?
Jamming & hanging out for a week and playing his own slow airs probably my fave tunes with Phil Cunningham in Cape Breton!
Meeting Charlie McKerron of Capercaillie and having tunes with him backstage in Spain & then being asked to join his band!
Playing one of my first ever large solo shows on the main stage at Beverly;ey folk festival.
Playing with The Chieftains in the imperial palace Beijing in the forbidden city concert hall.
Playing with the Chiefs in Town hall NYC for St. Patricks day & completing 3 major US tours with them.
Recording and touring with Natalie MacMaster & touring with her and her husband Donnell Leahy.
Making an album with J.P. Cormier “Once”.
Recording with both Seamus begley & Steve Cooney.
What are your plans for the future?
Beating the lack of live work from. covid by promoting my weekly online facebook show “The sleeping tunes”, writing and recording more from home.
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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