He’d always been fascinated with the scraps of history he’d found growing up: the arrowheads or centuries-old bottles washed up on the beach, the hints of long-gone people’s experience lingering in graveyards and forests.
That hymnal—and other junk shop discoveries—quietly urged him to invigorate old tunes, the overplayed songs and the lost melodies of the rural American East. In Eriksen’s able imagination, they become “a landscape of passion, loss, and banked fire.”
The alternative American folk roots star who was featured in the
Oscar-winning film ‘Cold Mountain,’ returns to Saltburn following a sell out
show in 2010 to promote his new album ‘Banjo, Fiddle and Voice.’
Although widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of
his generation, he is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist from banjo
and fiddle to guitar and bajo-sexto.
Saltburn filmmaker Craig Hornby is proud to bring to Tim back to the area
having been an avid fan of Tim’s work since the mid-90s. “I saw him by
chance when he dropped into Doctor Brown’s pub in Middlesbrough. We weren’t
expecting anyone of Tim’s calibre. There was only about 30 or so there and
he blew the socks off everyone. Not long after I was in Canada and he played
this great swanky ampitheatre beside Lake Ontario. We kept in touch and it’s
great to be able to bring him back to Teesside again.”
Craig Hornby presents Tim Eriksen, A Night of Lost Tunes, Burning Spirit and Dark Roots…at Saltburn Community Theatre on Sunday 8th April.
Support comes from Cath and Phil Tyler, an anglo-American duo who also
played in Tim’s band ‘Cordelia’s Dad’ in the 1990s.
Wikipedia: Tim Eriksen is an American musician, musicologist, and professor. →