Musician Timothy Hill shares sounds and knowledge at ABQ Folk Festival - Albuquerque Journal

Musician Timothy Hill shares sounds and knowledge at ABQ Folk Festival

HILL: Performing at the ABQ Folk Festival
HILL: Performing at the ABQ Folk Festival

Timothy Hill has been coming out to the Albuquerque Folk Festival for a decade. And each time it gets better.

“They keep asking me back,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I guess I made a good impression. I also get a chance to teach some workshops.”

The folk musician will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, on the Jemez Stage and will conduct a workshop on harmonic singing at 12:30 p.m. the same day.

Hill is known for weaving a natural purity of voice with threads of otherworldly abstract sound, seamlessly blending into a style that defies description.

He’s performed with such diverse artists as John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Pauline Oliveros and Madan Gopal Singh.

“I’ve been very fortunate to share the stage with legends,” he says.

Hill also keeps himself busy with various projects and songwriting.

His process is comprised of striking while inspiration hits.

“I have to wait for the music to strike,” he says. “There has to be something that I’m thinking about a lot. The feeling has to stick around long enough.”

Hill says he’s conscious of not wanting to put a bad song out into the world.

He says there are so many traditional songs that he wants to contribute something that will last.

“I know writers that can churn something out every day,” he says. “For me, writing is a slow process. It then overtakes me and I am one with the song.”


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