Tim van Eyken
"The giant strides made by English folk music in recent years will not shorten while it remains in such accomplished hands" The Daily Telegraph
Those who saw Tim van Eyken win the 1998 BBC Young Folk Award knew there would be a glittering career ahead of this young musician with a passion for traditional English music. 14 years on and Tim has established himself not only as one of the leading lights in the revitalisation of English folk music, but an actor, dancer and musical director with National Theatre and West End credits to his name.
At the outset of his career touring and recording with Waterson:Carthy honed his instrumental skill and saw him develop into a captivating singer, but working with contemporaries Robert Harbron, Benji Kirkpatrick and Paul Sartin as Dr Faustus set Tim right at the forefront of the movement championing English folk music leading to the current vibrant and thriving English scene.
When Tim decided to record his own album he drew together an all-star cast in Nancy Fagan, Pete Flood ,Oliver Knight and Colin Fletcher and the resulting album ‘Stiffs Lovers, Holymen, Thieves’ received spectacular reviews and was acclaimed everywhere from ‘Mojo’ to ‘The Sun’. When right at the top of his game in 2008 Tim was presented with another opportunity that took him in a totally different, but no less creative, direction. He was asked to audition for the part of Songman in the National Theatre’s production ‘Warhorse’ and was part of the original production and it’s subsequent transfer to the West End.
With a smash West End hit under his belt ,in October 2011, Tim was commissioned as Musical Director for a production of C P Taylor's play 'Good' directed by Polly Findlay at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. He has also been commissioned to devise a musical play for Radio 4, a retelling of the story of the traditional ballad Lord Bateman. Tim is also working as an actor, dancer and musical collaborator on a new devised piece of dance theatre directed by Kate Flatt 'The Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows' for Watford Palace Theatre which opens in late May> Click HERE for more information