Influences: (styles) Alt-folk, progressive rock, folk (some specific artists) Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Darren Hayman, Hiss Golden Messenger, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Mike Oldfield, Anthony Phillips, Paul McCartney
General bio-type stuff: my name is Tim Walker (or "T.A. Walker", artistically, but you can call me Tim 😉 ), and for the avoidance of any doubt, I'm "he/him". 2021 will be my sixth FAWM, and my songs from 2020, 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2013 are all available as albums on my Bandcamp page (see the link in my profile, with the "headphones" logo).
I'm a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter, with fingers in the metaphorical pies of prog, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, electronica, comic songs, ukulele and whatever else floats my musical boat.
I use my initials for my "stage" name, as there are a couple of other "Tim Walker"s in the creative space (e.g. a journalist on "The Independent" newspaper, a classical guitarist and a singer-songwriter in New Zealand!), and it sounds a bit "artistic" anyway (e.g. "JJ Cale").
Although I've been playing guitar since 1987, and have been composing and recording almost as long (check out my Bandcamp site for some bits), I've never really "pushed" myself out into the world with my music for various reasons (mostly confidence). Ironically, now I'm past the realistic age of "making it" in music, I don't feel such pressure to do so, and I can just enjoy what I do!
I think "my" FAWM for 2021, will be a bit like 2020's, where I was trying to generate material for an album project. 2020's ultimately didn't happen, but this year I'm going to kick off a new project under a "band pseudonym", which will take my love of American "alt-folk", and give it a bit of an "English" "spin", to take into account my background and love of English/Irish folk. As I put it: "if Iron & Wine had been raised in the Cotswolds" 😀
I can't promise complex "full-band" demos - they're more likely to sound like early I&W, or Sufjan Stevens circa "Carrie & Lowell", but if you're cool with that, let's see what flies...
All the best, everyone 😀
|#1||Frost On The Garden||
|#2||Healed By The River||
|#3||The Squire Of Shipston Manor||
|#5||When Spring Came||
|#7||My Gal And Me||
|#8||Stay The Course||
|#10||The Oak On The Green||
|#13||Another Quick Song||
|#14||By The Church||
Thanks Tim! In my thinking I need to do one more (as I have 2 songs which each had to collabs attached to it, so for my pride I only count myself at 13 right now.). Just go one more to go, and I'm feeling a bit spent. Noticed that not as many people are commenting on songs as before, so I'll chock it up to fatigue (and not the value of my ballad!)
Hey Tim! Good to see you back. Early Iron and Wine is perfect territory to aim for, IMO. 😀 Happy hunting for 2021!
Yes I am doing a theme. Walking in my shoes. Events that seem to have shaped my life choices. I have had a lot of isolation during the last year, looking through photographs, and isolating some of the pivotal moments in time.
I am now working towards my teenage years.
As it happens I've just been listening to Darren's new collection of instrumentals for this Bandcamp Friday! Lovely stuff.
I'm tempted to do more lo-fi FX this FAWM. It kinda feels counter-intuitive to mess up all my nice clean recordings but the end results make me happy!
Thanks for your comment on "Something White and Pure". I'll have to check out that Iron and Wine album. I like Sam Beam's stuff but haven't listened to a ton of Iron and Wine despite that. Thanks for mentioning "Bad Debt" too. Just looked it up on spotify and it sounds like something I'll get into!
Cheers about Duolingo, and thanks for the DP-006 info!
Welcome back! I see you used a TASCAM DP-006 for your first demo... sounds really nice. I've been tempted to get one of those to free myself from the computer a bit and yet still have some flexibility to mix/route/layer. Can you transfer individual tracks to computer over USB when your done, or will it only give you a stereo mixdown? If you do bounces, are they destructive or can you recover those as well?
I'm fortunate that there's only one Tim Fatchen in the world, having read your bio! The other week I was on site for a pulled-out-of-retirement job in the middle of nowhere and of the eight of us trying to work the thing out, 3 were Tim's....thanks for the kind comment on plinkplunkplonk uke song too. Get some of your own out, don't overthink it. You know the drill!
Very cool bio! I hope that you have a great fawm!