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Tim Eriksen

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Northampton MA, United States (1987 – present)

Tim Eriksen (born in Northampton, Massachusetts) is an American musician, musicologist, and professor. An active musician since 1987, he is the leader of the band Cordelia’s Dad as well as being a solo artist. He was a performer and consultant for the award-winning soundtrack of the film Cold Mountain.

Based on his musical interests and abilities, singer-songwriter-ethnomusicologist Eriksen might have been born in a splintery wooden crib during the Revolutionary War, in a backwoods North Carolina church, in a hut along the Ganges, maybe even in the CBGBs bathroom. But no, the late-30s Eriksen was born in Massachusetts and grew up surrounded by the sound of his parents singing and by “natural sounds,” says Eriksen . “I always loved listening to bugs and wind and water and stuff.”
While absorbing a love of America’s history and early music from his New England surroundings, the sounds of The Beatles, Kiss, and Motorhead were mingling with his family’s voices. When the Eriksens moved to Long Island, the punk-rock roar of the Ramones reached Tim’s ears. He was soon involved in hardcore/punk/garage bands like The Lobster Men, which gradually evolved into Cordelia’s Dad, an acoustic/electric “folk noise” band that recorded a number of albums (including Spine for Appleseed in 1998) and built a strong European following before lapsing into current but impermanent retirement. England’s Mojo magazine lauded the band for “examining the full, rich depth of the American folk tradition with startling conviction.”

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