Timbre Rock & Roots Festival is back for its fourth year, and is this time offering a bigger and better line-up featuring some of music’s highly respected legends.
The two-day festival is set to kick off on 21 March 2013. No longer at Marina Promenade, the music fest happen at Fort Canning Green, a popular outdoor venue and ideal for its proximity to Timbre @ Substation.
Some of the exciting acts you can look forward to at the upcoming festival include “The Voice of Led Zeppelin” Robert Plant presenting Sensational Space Shifters, and 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon. Also set to perform are Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff, Rufus Wainwright, and Tedeschi Trucks Band who boast an astounding overall of 30 Grammys amongst them.
“The majority of the upcoming line-up need no introduction,” says Peter Noble, co‐festival director. “With Singapore having played host to such a wonderful variety of music genres and acts in recent times, the local audience has matured, and recognise and embrace quality music programming. Whether you are a rocker, a lover of soulful voices or look out for emerging bands making waves, we are confident that Timbre Rock & Roots 2013 will be a festival experience that will satisfy and keep you entertained from start to end.”
Day 1: 21 March 2013
Popularly labelled “the greatest songwriter on the planet” by Elton John, and celebrated by the ‘New York Times’ for his “genuine originality”, Rufus Wainwright has made quite a name for himself as one of the greatest singer/songwriters of his generation. Wainwright is greatly recognised for his collaborations with artists like Elton John, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash and Keane. In addition to his wide-ranging vocals, some songs feature just Wainwright and his piano. His more recent work often includes rock instrumentation or even a symphony orchestra, displaying complex layering and harmonies with an operatic feel. As a huge opera fan, many of Wainwright's songs have been described as "popera" (pop opera) or "baroque pop". Most of his compositions are densely packed fusions of strings, horns, operatic choruses, ragtime rhythms, with a warm vocal tonality.
Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters
As the headlining act on Thursday 21 March, the legendary frontman of Led Zeppelin will be in Singapore for the first time ever with his band, the Sensational Space Shifters. Well after the Led Zeppelin era ended, the Sensational Space Shifters are Plant’s latest project. They make up a loose band “inspires by the roots of music from Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton and drawing on influences collected in a lifetime of meander and journeying.” With a career stretching over more than 40 years, Plant is highly respected as one of the most significant singers in the history of rock music, who has even influenced contemporaries and singers like Freddie Mercury, Axl Rose and Chris Cornell.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
11-members strong, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by husband-wife duo, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, was formed in 2010 when the couple agreed to put their solo careers to a halt and join musical forces. Known by their fans as TBB, the band debuted in 2011 with their album ‘Revelator’ which clinched not only Album of the Year, but also the Band of the Year Award, the Gibson Guitar Award, and the award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist as well. Heavily submerged in the blues tradition, the husband-wife team share influences ranging from rock and gospel, to jazz and world music. Fans can expect TBB to rock out their version of blues and soul with dynamic intensity.
Day 2: 22 March 2013
Named by ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music. As a nine-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, it is no surprise that Raitt’s music has grasped the younger generation and is even inspiring some of today’s well-known artists. Adele covered Raitt’s popular 1991 ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and Bon Iver’s frontman Justin Vernon described Raitt as “one of our greatest artists” during his rendition of ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and ‘Nick of Time’. Both of whom have aided the 62-year-old blues singer-songwriter and guitar legend in bringing her embracing music to the attention of fresh ears. Without a doubt, fans will enjoy a relaxed, casual evening filled with killer tunes when in the company of Bonnie Raitt.
Accomplished is an understatement when describing folk-rocker, Paul Simon, who has received many honours and awards including 12 Grammys. He was also given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as half of the Simon and Garfunkel duo. In response to being called “innovative”, Simon insists that his music-making process has a lot to do with discovery, “I’m more interested in what I discover than what I invent. You don’t possess it. You can’t control it or dictate to it. You’re just waiting. Waiting... for the show to begin,” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. The 69-year-old is indeed utterly ageless with his vocals soft and light, his guitar-playing as fluid and skilled as his lyrics. Fans can expect nothing less from him as he headlines on Friday (22 Mar).
Jimmy Cliff, the concluding act for the fourth annual Timbre Rock & Roots Festival is commonly known as Reggae’s Greatest Artist and Third World Music Superstar. Apart from his close to 50 years in the music industry, Cliff is famously known for his rendition of Jonny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’. Cliff has collaborated with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox. Fans can expect songs from Cliff’s latest studio album ‘Rebirth’ as well as many of his more classic hits during the festival. The Reggae superstar found himself a whole new generation of fans when he played at Coachella, California in April 2012. He got his swarm of reggae lovers still singing along to ‘One More’—the first single of ‘Rebirth’— even after he stepped off the stage.