Hometown: Damascus, MD
Type of music performed: Folk Based
While I now live in the outlying burbs of the DC metro area, my heart is still in Philly. I was born and raised in Norristown, PA, where my parents still live and where my love for music was born. My childhood Sundays were spent listening to the hifi where my folks would spin anything from Eddy Arnold to Don Ho. As my own tastes in music emerged I tried to take control of the stereo and introduce my family to the likes of The Grateful Dead (Mom hated the name) and Thin Lizzy.
As an adult, I now consider myself an eclectic connoisseur of music but tend to favor independent solo artists and groups. My current artistic influences range from Warren Zevon to Ryan Adams to Eef Barzelay. Only recently have I have been able to concentrate on writing and playing my own music.
Much of the last few decades were spent raising three awesome kids (now adults) and working as a professor/counselor at a local community college. I also dedicated a great deal of time to pursue my other obsession, distance running. In fact I will soon be committing two acts of insanity by running my 22nd marathon and fourth 50 miler not so long after you hear me play in Haverford.
Musically I have had some recent developments. I have always wanted to hear what my music sounded like with a full band and have been playing with a great group of guys the past few months. What Buzz had its debut performance in April. Also, a song you will hear at the festival, Circus Scene, won an honorable mention in the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Song Writing Contest.
Now that I have a few songs recorded and my song writing catalog has grown, I am getting ready to head into the studio in the next few months to record my first full length project. I would love for you sign up for my mailing list at the festival to receive updates and/or follow me at http://www.facebook.com/timkirknermusic .