Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves

Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves

by Tim van Eyken

CD(Jewel Case)


Stepping out from his usual sideman role, Tim Van Eyken shows himself to be an excellent frontman on this solo disc. There's a lot of confidence here, evidenced by kicking off with "Barleycorn," a version of one of the best-known songs given a fresh, original, and quite catchy arrangement before heading out from there. As he'd proved before, he's a very tidy box player, and he uses stalwart backing here, although perhaps the biggest revelation is his singing. It's not obtrusive, but certainly quite persuasive, especially on "Fair Ellen of Ratcliffe," an epic and gruesome tale that stands as the disc's centerpiece before haring off into some modern and quite effective folk-rock. Good as this album is overall, not everything works. "Babes in the Wood" suffers from an arrangement that's too cute by far, but also amorphous, while "Twelve Joys of Mary" seems to lack any focus or seriousness, a kind of English oompah. Cast those two aside and Van Eyken has made an impressive move ahead on a solo career.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Topic Records
UPC: 0714822056526
catalogNumber: 565

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim van Eyken   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Vocals
David Coulter   Saw
Nancy Kerr   Violin,Viola,Vocals
Alice Kinloch   Trombone,Tuba
Robert Harbron   Background Vocals
Oliver Knight   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pete Flood   Percussion,Drums
James Fagan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nancy Kerr   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Robert Harbron   Engineer
Oliver Knight   Arranger,Engineer
Pete Flood   Arranger
Willie Taylor   Composer
Phil Tanner   Composer
Mark Hutchinson   Engineer
Cyril Poacher   Composer
Tim van Eyken   Arranger,Composer,Brass Arrangment
Fred Jordan   Composer

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