See you at the Ayer's Cliff fair !
Townships rocker hits Fair stage
The Ayer’s Cliff Fair is known for attracting some of the country’s top country music acts to its famous Grandstand every year and, more recently, began showcasing local rising talent on its big stage. This year’s local offering is
Lennoxville’s Tim Brink who, in the last season of La Voix, was a big hit with the judges and the audience alike.
A Townships native who had a rural upbringing in the Sawyerville and Eaton Corner areas, Tim went to Alexander Galt High School, Champlain College then Bishop’s University where he studied music and theatre. He spoke with the Stanstead Journal about his musical career, his appearance on La Voix, his new album and, of course, his appearance at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair this Thursday evening.
“First I started jamming in garages, then by the time I was eighteen I was playing in bars; that was twenty-two years ago,” said the musician who was a member of the well-known Townships Rock band, Pete Moss, for sixteen years, performing on the bigger stages and at festivals. “About five years ago I decided to go it alone.”
Pursuing a solo career led the singer to audition for La Voix, the popular Frenchlanguage version of The Voice. Not only did he make the blind audition, Mr. Brink was chosen by all four judges as he energetically belted out “Hard to Handle”. “I’ve been very busy since my appearance on the last season of La Voix. It’s been pretty crazy. I was just flabbergasted by the support from everyone and very grateful,” admitted the singer who has been ‘burning the candle at both ends’, riding the wave of popularity generated by his television exposure while holding down a day job as manager of Lennoxville’s Shalimar Restaurant. “I’ve been working sixty to eighty hour work weeks, working at the restaurant and doing about three shows a week.”
This fall, Mr. Brink will be slowing down on his live performances so he can get back into the studio to finish his first solo album, a crowd-funded project entitled “This is Ours”. “I was so busy with La Voix, the album’s a year late. I have four more songs to do vocals in.” Tim describes the new album as “folk rock”, and not like the music of the Pete Moss band. “It’s all music that I’ve had on the back burner for years. I’ve even got about six songs for a second album that might have an electronic touch on it. It’s nice to see my music evolve.”
This ‘folk’rocker’ has a lively show planned for the Ayer’s Cliff date and will be bringing a six person band along with him. “We’ll have electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, bass, cello and an organ. It’s going to be a big show with a pretty full sound,” he said. About half of the almost two hour show will feature original songs written by Tim while the rest will be cover songs “that are real crowd pleasers”.
Always a resident of the Eastern Townships, going to the Ayer’s Cliff Fair was a big part of growing up for the musician. “Some of my most fond memories are of the fair. I remember being about eleven years old and wearing my Bon Jovi cut jeans and an ACDC t-shirt. To this day that smell of the midway brings me back. And growing up on a farm I’m a big lover of animals, so I love to go and see the livestock demonstrations.”
“This year when I go to the Fair it will be an amazing opportunity to see people who I haven’t seen in a long time,” Tim concluded.
To learn more about Mr. Brink’s upcoming shows and to find out when the new album comes out and where to buy it, visit timbrink.ca.
Lennoxville’s Tim Brink performs this Thursday at the Ayer’s Cliff Fair on the Grandstand.
Tim Brink performs on stage at the Sherblues Festival.