Folk singer song writer Tim Moore is planning a unique way of launching his forthcoming album, and it starts in Adelaide on April 8.
After The Storm will be launched at the Wheatsheaf Hotel alongside fellow South Australian success story and internationally renowned songwriter Liam Gerner, before its national release on June 16, 2016.
As he experiments with his song writing, Tim has chosen to experiment with the release of the recording to do something a little different, and create an experience for his listeners.
“The album is finished and has gone off to print, but I wanted to to a local show, partly because I play a lot in Adelaide. I do interstate shows as well, but I wanted to hold off a little bit before I release it nationally and do a tour in June,” he says.
“Until then, I’ll make the album available at gigs, because I want people to have an experience at shows. It’s easy to download something, but it would be good to have an incentive to come out to live shows. It’s an experiment, so we’ll see if it works, we’ll throw it at the wall and see if it sticks.”
Tim has played alongside acts like Stu Larsen and Passenger, and shared bills with the likes of Archie Roach, Lior and Katie Noonan.
He is thrilled to have Liam Gerner joining him at The Wheaty for the Adelaide launch, so they can create a night of storytelling and music.
“He’s a local guy from the Adelaide Hills. He’s a fantastic artist and he spent a bit of time in the UK and US. He’s come back for a month doing an Australian show and his management got in contact with me asking if I wanted to do a double bill. I jumped at the chance. He’s a really great guy to play alongside,” he says.
“Liam and I are really passionate story tellers and we’re talking about the human experience and the hard and the hopeful. Punters are going to hear stories worth hearing about the world, and hopefully some silly banter from both of us to break things up! It’ll be a really nice show, especially for people who like folk and the singer-songwriter genre; who like songs with depth that make you tap your toe as well.”
Many of the songs on After The Storm draw their inspiration from experiences Tim has had with people, places and nature and the stories that eventuate.
“When I hear a story worth hearing and worth telling, that’s when my ears prick up and I hold in my mind there may be a song there. Song writing is story telling to me. It’s about telling stories that are worth telling, which might name something for us that we think about but might not talk about. Good song writing shines a light on things we can’t get to just by talking. One of the songs on the album came out of a conversation I had with a friend who was dying of cancer in New Zealand. I sat by his bed and we chatted. As he passed away, there was a song that grew out of that,” he says.
“The last song on the album is about a friend I was sitting with in the green room at The Entertainment Centre. He’s made it really, really big. He’s made millions from his music and we were chatting about how he’s travelling the world and how he’s so lonely while he’s doing that and I was talking about how I’m finding it hard to travel the world because I have a young family so I don’t get any time on my own. We laughed about that. The song that came from that conversation is about wherever we are, we’re actually doing pretty well.”
Drawing on the talents of friends he has made at home and abroad, the album features collaborations with harmonica player Natsuki Kurai as well as Adelaide artists such composer Joshua Spier and singer Maggie Rutjens.
“I am really lucky to have some really talented friends. If a good song helps you to see something from a different angle, then a good collaboration is someone else’s eyes on what you’re trying to say. They see it from a different perspective and they highlight things about the song or story you hadn’t thought to highlight. There’s a real energy that comes out of it,” Tim says.
“Natsuki, who is a Japanese harmonica player, is phenomenal. He’s a wonderful player and he just loves music. I met him a few years ago and we talked about collaborating on the album so that’s what we’ve done. He lives in Japan, so we managed to do it all over the net, rather than flying out and coming into the studio and it was just seamless.”
Tim is looking forward to sharing the stories, symbols and motifs on After The Storm and hopes the album will strike a chord with his listeners.
“I’m really excited about the last track on the album, which is the one I wrote after I sat with my mate in the green room. But the title track, ‘After the Storm’, I’m really excited about that, because it’s the motif for the album. It’s about the passing of the storm, whatever the storm may be in our lives,” he says.
“It’s about making sense of when your life is turned upside down. I’m really happy about how it turned out because it builds to a massive ending from a pretty quiet beginning and I’m looking forward to sharing that with people and seeing what they get out of it and how they can connect it to their lives. That’s what I love about music.”
Join Tim Moore and Liam Gerner for the local launch of After The Storm at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on April 8 from 8pm.
By Libby Parker