Winter Park / Live Music: Musician walks path with many crossroads |

Winter Park / Live Music: Musician walks path with many crossroads

Like a map of musical genealogy, the long list of bands Tim Connelly played with spreads across the page like a tree – each branch showing the growth of his talent.

Even while maintaining “a real job,” Connelly has always played “in some form of band or doing a solo thing.” Early bands include bluegrass/country rock band Ripplemeade, blues show band Persuaders, and country rock with The Albert Updike Band; then Connelly found a haven in the Grand County scene, first coming to the Fraser Valley 21 years ago.

Connelly hooked up with Mark Moore and the two began a series of open mic nights at the Crooked Creek Saloon. “Who would think that it would still be going strong today,” he said. Jeff Peterson joined the two to play as The Divide, then came Revolver, then the No Name Band. He continued his solo work and about a two-year stint with Sack Lunch. He and its members, some of whom now play with Hunker Down, were joined by Terry Tompkins as Special Blend. When Robbie Gonzales and Warren Ward can’t make the show, Tompkins and Connelly play as T’N’T, chiding each other on who the first “T” stands for.

Favorite covers include those by Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Steely Dan, and Marc Cohn ” usually on keys (piano, organ and keyboards), and he also has about 10 originals. His favorite is “Bachelor Valley,” a song he wrote after losing two wives who didn’t like the Valley. “You’d be surprised how many people can sympathize with this emotion,” he said.

He describes his music as “blues-based, melodic, soulful ballads and driving intricate piano tunes” and increases his repertoire constantly, “keeping things fresh.” His solo performances have been staple entertainment at Shipwreck Landing North. He loves its eclectic ambiance (with the outdoor stage and the river as well) and said it’s a perfect fit for his musical style.

“It’s just so great when you play there, it really is,” he said.

He hopes to have a Web page up this fall and said he’s looking forward to doing some recording this winter.

“Keep your eyes open,” he said. “As long as the locals support us and continue coming to our shows we will continue to have a thriving music scene here in the Fraser Valley.”

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