Peforms solo at folk clubs, social events and festivals. Tim's 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 Jin Mageean and the late, great Johnny Collins. Tim accompanies himself on fiddle, guitar and mountain dulcimer.
His playing style is firmly rooted in dance, influenced not only from his early days of playing in Puddleduck, the Rose and Shamrock Band, Happenstance and Gizmo, but also more recently accompanying the Haddenham Hoofers, Tappalachian, and the step dancer, Kerry Fletcher.
Tim also teaches fiddle, and has given a workshop targeted at beginners in folk fiddle entitled "The Zen of fiddle playing (why didn't anyone tell me that before)" at the Orwell Bluegrass festival and at the Chippenham Folk Festival.
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 Gallows Hillbillies
One of the liveliest Barn Dance and Ceilidh Bands in Beds, Herts and Bucks!
We can't escape the fact that a lot of the music we play is for dancing, so we scratch that itch by playing for Barn Dances and Ceilidhs, when ever we get the chance, mostly with the talented Alan Spindler on guitar, and Rick Eyers 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 and Aidan Hansell.
For more information go to The Gallows Hillbillies page
Chiltern String Band
Refugees from the string band which accompanies Tappalachian, the Chiltern String Band perform songs and tunes from the Appalachian region of North America. Several members of the group have visited this part of the US, and we have in turn hosted visits from musicians from that area. The Chiltern String band have peformed at the Orwell Bluegrass festival, and a number of local venues.
For more information go to The Chiltern String Band web page
Site launched, 3rd August 2006 -
Site content and design the work of Tim Brooks.
Underlying structure and coding philosophy taken with permission from the work of Hamish Currie.
Pages last updated May 2016 - see "NEW" on the left hand side of this page for details of significant changes and additions.
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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
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26 October 2015
A new song "The Melancholy Shipwreck of the Gossamer" published here.
29 July 2015
A new CD which includes a recording of my song "Nothing that's left but the squeal" has been released by Mike Ruff.
3rd March 2015
A new song "Down in the Dark" published here after winning second prize in the Maidenhead Folk Club's 2015 Folk Song Writing Competition 'A song for tomorrow's tradition'.
26 November 2014
Major update of this home page. An overhaul of the rest of the site to align with this will follow!
23 November 2014
Page about The Knoll and association with Rex Whistler updated to include recent article.
16 November 2013
A New Song "Nothing that's left but the squeal"
15 November 2011
A new web page giving news and info for Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts
2nd January 2010
A major clean up to remove missing links, restore broken links, eliminate incorrect punctuation and improve presentation.
Google analytics added to some pages out of curiosity.
3rd December 2009
A new page added to showcase Rook Music publications, commencing with Rock the Cradle Joe , a collection of 31 old time tunes.
23rd July 2009
A new page added to introduce The Gallows Hillbillies to an unsupecting public
12th June 2009
I have added to the fiddletunes page a pdf document of chord charts for some popular old-time tunes