Tim says he doesn’t really remember the first time he wanted to play guitar.
“My cousin had two records in 1976: “Fox On The Run” by the Sweet and “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers. I listened to them all the time” he says.
“I don’t know if I can pinpoint the first time I wanted to play but I remember seeing Elvis and these guys with guitars and knowing I wanted to be a part of it all.”
It wasn’t long before every dollar he could get went to buying vinyl albums and eventually cassettes of a variety of genres. Like most american males, there was the
obligatory new wave and metal years, which luckily was where he actually began playing guitar.
“Hair metal was really big in the 80s and I read all these magazine stories about these guys, who I thought were really cool, and how they got started on the Sunset Strip in LA.
I used to have all these aspirations to go be the next Warren DeMartini” he laughs.
While the dreams of a being a big metal star thankfully went unfulfilled, he did actually pick up a guitar and began playing.
“That stuff eventually gave way to punk and hardcore” he says.
“The first time I heard the Pogues, I thought it was the craziest thing I’d ever heard, here was this traditional Irish band with the biggest punk out there. In the years that followed Tim stayed in touch with the music industry on the other side, eventually becoming a promoter, manager, and music writer before joining Kilkenny Road in 2013.
“At this point I’m pretty much doing it all for fun and enjoying it all” he says.
Photo by Nikki Webster