Tim Hart Artist Biography

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Name: Tim Hart
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Published/Updated: 31 Dec 2009, 09:38

Biography: There are at least 4 artists named Tim Hart.

(1) Tim Hart is a folk singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the band Boy & Bear. His debut solo album Milling the Wind was released in August 2012.

(2) Tim Hart (9 January 1948 - 24 December 2009) was an English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a founding member of electric folk band Steeleye Span.

Tim Hart was born in Lincoln. His father, Rev. Canon Dennis Hart, was the vicar of St Saviour's in St Albans. Hart began his life as a musician performing with the Rattfinks, St Albans School's second band, the first being The Zombies. In 1966, he began performing with the Blackpool born Maddy Prior, touring English folk clubs. In 1968 and 1969 the duo recorded two albums: Folk Songs of Olde England, (Volumes One and Two). And Summer Solstice.

From 1970 to 1982, Hart and Prior were the backbone of Steeleye Span. In 1971, as well as recording two albums as part of Steeleye Span, they recorded Summer Solstice - a much more professional recording than their first two albums, including a string arrangement by Robert Kirby, better known for his work with Nick Drake. Almost every song that Hart sang was traditional. Steeleye Span's commercial success peaked in 1975. They toured in the United States and Australia and used electric instruments more frequently. However, further hits eluded them. They announced that their 1978 tour of the United Kingdom would be their farewell.

Hart took this opportunity to release a solo album, Tim Hart, in 1979. Several Steeleye Span members such as Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp contributed on vocals and instruments. Hart appeared on one more Steeleye Span record, Sails of Silver, before resigning in 1982. His last gig was at the Theatre Royal, Norwich.

In 1981 Hart released two albums of nursery rhymes originally written for his own children on the Music for Pleasure label. He used most of Steeleye Span, and other musicians who had small children and could take the project seriously. In a bold move, he became a record producer for a rock band, The Monochrome Set. Their album Eligible Bachelors was a whimsical cynical view of relations between the sexes.

Hart's health seriously declined, and in 1988 he emigrated to La Gomera, a small island in the Canary Islands. Abandoning music altogether, he became full time writer and photographer, married again, built himself a house on the side of a mountain, and restored his health. As there was no guidebook to La Gomera available in English, Hart wrote, and took most of the photographs for, La Gomera: A Guide to the Unspoiled Canary Island (2004).

Hart died of lung cancer in the early morning of 24 December 2009, aged 61.

(3) Tim Hart is a UK-based trance producer best known for a regular series of podcasts called "Trancecast." The first in the series appeared in April, 2010. His style consists of "Uplifting, Melodic, Vocal & Progressive Trance with the occasional Classic."

(4) Tim Hart is a field recordist. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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