Q&A Scene ~ Tim Walker

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

About the album (Bridge of Angels) : I had plenty of songs, but until I went over to Europe in 2018 I didn’t have what I would call an album. The visit – especially to Rome to a tourist site called The Bridge of Angels – crytallised for me the idea for a new album, one that would reflect what was happening in the world today against the backdrop of an ancient city (Rome) which had survived huge turmoil, and had in fact been sacked and rebuilt. I was there in spring, and the bridge itself, flanked by 10 angels, seemed to offer gentle hope. An 11th angel, placed on the castle overlooking the bridge, was built by the then-Pope to celebrate the end of the Great Plague in Europe in the 1300s – and of course we all know what has happened in Italy, Europe and the world since 2018! 

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Favourite works/tracks: What are my favourite children?! I love The Loving Arms – it has a bit of everything in it, yet it all falls together. Star is also a sweetie.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Food form description: The album is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a bloody big steak (or vegan burger, as you will).

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

“I was performing at a small midweek gig at the Cross one night. The performers got together after the show and we were about to leave when the owner ran in and said we couldn’t go outside because the police were shooting at someone in the street. So we all stayed for another drink!”

What, or who, inspires you?

Inspires me: Nature has many secrets and nuances. The source.

Which song do you wish you wrote?      

We Built This City on Rock and Roll (Starship). A bit twee now, but I love the sentiments.

What’s next for you?

Getting back to live gigging as soon as possible (no cardboard cutout crowds thanks).

What’s your scene?         

Sticky carpet, crowded room, late at night, a drink, a great band. Heaven.


More about TIM WALKER:

Ex-Sydney singer-songwriter Tim Walker moved back to his hometown of Adelaide earlier this year and immediately began recording his new album, his first for a while, due out in early 2020.

The album was inspired by a recent trip to Europe, where Tim was struck by a culture saturated with centuries of spiritual and religious symbols, strivings and sentiments.

The new album has more universal themes than his first (Fellow Traveller), which was very Sydney-oriented.

Beginning in folk, he went into a country rock act, and now is a prolific soloist, doing gigs around Adelaide. He was a regular on the Sydney live circuit and played at several NSW festivals.

He found a SA recording studio in Grange this year, and immediately began laying down tracks according to a careful plan, devised over many months.

The first single off the album is Red Velvet Chair, due out on November 7.

Probably the most lighthearted track on the album, it is a pen portrait of someone we all seem to have known – a footloose woman on the rebound and determined to enjoy her ‘freedom’, but also vulnerable at the same time because of it.

So the song’s narrator steps in to make sure she doesn’t get hurt – he invites her to sit on the ‘red velvet chair’, chill, and collect her thoughts. A friend in need!

The single’s ‘B side’, On The Bridge, will be the opening track on the eventual album, and is a completely different sentiment.

A short classical piece, it provides the thematic underpinning of the entire album – a beautiful, floating spark of hope and redemption for a world in flux.

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