In just eight months Tim van Eyken and his new band Van Eyken have made a huge impact on the folk world. Since making their debut performance last June Tim and his all- star band have released a highly influential album, performed at most of the top UK folk festivals and at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Feb 2007 Tim van Eyken won the award for Best Traditional Track for 'Barleycorn' amid fierce opposition from Seth Lakeman, Salsa Celtica and Kris Drever. The album 'Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves' has received spectacular reviews in the mainstream press and been acclaimed everywhere from 'MOJO' to 'The Sun'. For five years Tim toured the world as the fourth member of Waterson:Carthy. This was an apprenticeship of a life-time and not only honed his instrumental skill but also saw him develop into one of the most assured and captivating singers around. Joining Tim on fiddle is Nancy Kerr, whose partnership with James Fagan has established them as one of the most acclaimed and enduring acts on the folk scene. On electric guitar is Oliver Knight, Lal Waterson's son and collaborator on their landmark albums 'Once in a Blue Moon' and 'Bed of Roses'. On percussion is Pete Flood, currently riding high on the Bellowhead wave of success as well as performing with The Farmyard Animals and the Treecreepers. On double bass is Colin Fletcher whose sublime bass can also be heard in Lisa Fitzgibbons band.
'a clarion call for tradition?... a triumph' - Neil Spencer The Observer
'Van Eyken encourages the songs to speak for themselves, and finds they still have plenty to say' - The Sunday Times **** Pop CD of the Week