Toronto-based singer-songwriter Tim Moxam performs at two locations in Simcoe County this month, a first for each community. It’s in honour of his new album Marlborough Hall, his second full-length record.
The album’s title song was inspired by his last gig with a former band (indie rockers Great Bloomers) before embarking on a solo career.
“It was a bit of a crazy night,” said Moxam. “The Marlborough Hotel (in Winnipeg) was beautiful but it had this eerie quality too and while I was there I worked on the songs, the last one on the album, about a ghost in the hotel. The song represents for me, if I’m going to do music it’s now or never.”
Seven years later Marlborough Hall was released. For Moxam, it is about coming of age creatively. It also marks a departure from darker ballads about loss to creating stories based on different subjects such as the songs Honesty, Rich Man or Howling at the Moon.
His songs are rooted in folk. Music has been a part of his life and along the way he learned a number of different instruments, studied jazz at Montreal’s Concordia University and he graduated with a degree in guitar studies.
Carpentry gave him the means to develop music. He recently received his red-seal journeyman carpenter from George Brown and is currently working in Geneva Park, Orillia, teaching international students about natural and sustainable building while rebuilding some of the cabins.
Moxam plays The Brownstone in Orillia on April 18 and the Bruce Wine Bar, Collingwood, April 19.
photo credit: Jen Squires