Tim joined Steeleye in 1989 for the recording of the single 'Padstow' having worked with drummer Nigel Pegrum. He replaced Rick Kemp as the bands full time Bass player after the band had worked briefly with Mark Williamson and Chris Staines over the previous 2 years. Tim was asked to tour with the band and before the end of the year joined full time and helped finish record the album 'Tempted and Tried'.
After a few years in the background he contributed and sung on his first song for Steeleye, 'One True Love', on the 1998 album Horkstow Grange. He then added 3 more songs to the Bedlam Born album 'John Of Ditchford, 'There Was a Wealthy Merchant' and 'Stephen'. He wrote the song 'Staring Robin' which was heard live around '99-'00 and recorded for the Bedlam Born album, but was seen as too 'Punk Rock' for Steeleye and Park Records recommended it was not included. Peter Knight has since said the band should not have listened and should have included it. It has never been released since. It can be heard sung below.
He was taking more and more of a 'front line' in his last few years, especially on his last tour when he took over lead guitar after Rick Kemp on Bass replaced Bob Johnson. On his final appearance at Cromer in 2001 he introduced most of the songs, sang a new song 'Through Moorfields' and sang vocals on a number of other tracks.
He left in May 2001 straight after Cromer, and not long after Gay Woods. At the time it was only himself and Peter Knight who were full time band members. He gave no specific reason for leaving but at the time the future of the band was very bleak.
Tim studied Double Bass at the Guildhall School of Music followed by a stint as a successful session musician. Prior to joining Steeleye he also joined the Jazz Band 'Bill Bruford's Earthworks' in 1988.
Since leaving Steeleye Tim has been in demand as a session and live musician with Katie Melua, Brian Eno, June Tabor and Barbara Dickson. He has also spent time in the Adrian Edmondson Punk Folk band 'Bad Shepherds' and the Celtic Rock band Iona.
Bill Bruford's Earthworks
'Fusion' Jazz band led by drummer Bill Bruford who was the drummer in Yes and King Crimson for many years. This version of the band lasted from 1986 to 1993 and Tim was part of the band from '88 to '93.
The Bad Shephards
Tim toured and recorded with the Adrian Edmundson 'Folk Punk' band that re recorded Punk/Post Punk classics in a 'folk' setting. Tim was on the album "BY Hook or BY Crook" and played live with the band for a couple of years.