2 OCT – 30 DEC 2020

Tim Penn

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Tim Penn

Tim Penn

Veteran pianist Tim Penn is one of the most popular musicians on the roots & blues scene in London. He has been playing since the 1970s, when he was a member of Dorris Henderson’s Eclection and then the Kevin Coyne band alongside Andy Summers (The Police) and Gordon Smith (Described by John Peel as ” The foremost white Blues guitarist in the world“).


During the “Pub Rock” period in the late 70s/early 80s, he was the piano & accordion player with The Poor Boys who had a Saturday Night residency at The Caernarvon Castle in Camden that lasted 8 years. After leaving the Poor Boys in 1984, Tim semi-retired from the music scene for a few years, but In 1999 returned to help Dorris Henderson record her final album – Here I Go Again. At the same time, he also joined the West London Blues and Funk band The Guv’nors, who for many years always closed the bill at the Ealing Blues Festival each July.


In 2005, Tim decided it was time to lead his own bands and formed The Strange Sins (CD Down In The Deep) and then his current band The Second Line (CD We Are What We Are, It Is What It Is). Over the last few years The Second Line has become one of the most popular bands playing New Orleans style R&B in London, having appeared at prestigious venues such as Pizza Express Soho, Ronnie Scott’s Bar, The Bull’s Head in Barnes amongst others.


Tim’s influences range from the stride and barrelhouse piano styles of the 1920s, through to the great New Orleans piano players like Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and Dr John and James Booker, whilst taking in a little bit of Soul-Jazz, Gospel, and performing his own songs and instrumentals. Currently, he also holds down the piano chair with the UK premier swing-blues band, The Cadillac Kings.

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