I‘ve been a performing acoustic guitarist/songwriter, since the 70′s where I was classically trained at the Chicago Musical College-Roosevelt University.  I was drawn to the folk roots of Chicago’s Old Town and live music venues while working a sales career.   Living in Boulder, CO now, I am inspired by the mountains, but my sales career still calls by day.   I allow those priorities to limit my performing schedule, but please check out my upcoming gigs on the “events” tab.

My influencers include Dylan, Taylor, Gorka,  Joni M, Prine and many others.   I appreciate the attentive small audience of a house concert and I hosted an open mic in the mountain town of Allenspark outside of Estes Park which was like a Tolkien tale itself, so quaint.  I also perform at open mics, coffee and wine bars and restaurants wherever I can.  These commun-ities of musicians and owner operators performing and supporting are deeply talented, and are wonderful friends.

So, “What’s Treebeard?”, you may be saying.  As a boy, I was struck by the imagery and characters of Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings”.  Treebeard, the old “Ent” (Trees enlivened by elf spirits), was most prominent in the Two Towers and my favorite character.  I love trees and forests, and find solace in them.  I donate some of my playing profits to reforestation.  I want my grand-kids to have trees to climb!!  Someday I am going to create and post a video to accompany “Ode to Treebeard” here.

Besides this website, you can hear some of my music at  http://www.reverbnation.com/timmerkel

Semi-professional Singer, Songwriter