Timmy Abell is a nationally recognized children's songwriter, touring and recording artist. Recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Arts Council's Fellowship for Songwriting, he is best known for his highly entertaining family concerts and educational school programs, and over the past 20 years his recordings have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of families around the country.
Timmy grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina where he has raised a family of three sons, Justin, Colin and Rowan, and where he continues to make his home in Asheville with his wife, Susana.
For thirty years, Timmy has celebrated both the historical and living qualities of American, Appalachian, International, and original folk music. USA Today has called Timmy's music "well-crafted rich and rambunctious", and Silo Music compares Timmy to Pete Seeger in "...such qualities as down to earth yet imagination-stretching lyrics, strong values, skilled acoustic musicianship, directness and respect for his audience."
Timmy's concerts are an interplay of music and storytelling and have been described as "spellbinding". He features a collection of rare musical instruments including hammered dulcimer, English concertina, bowed psaltery, lap dulcimer, and penny whistle along with guitar and banjo.
Timmy's storytelling includes a rich variety of adventure stories, tall tales, fairy tales, and mountain Jack Tales often punctuated with music.
Timmy's recordings have received the highest national awards from the American Library Association, 'Parents' Choice' and NAPPA. Titles include "Little Red Wagon","The Farmer's Market", "Play All Day", "I Know An Old Lady", and "Stories To Grow On", all produced by Steven Heller at Upstream Productions in Asheville, NC.
Little Red Wagon
North Carolina Public Television has featured Timmy's original songs on their Celebration Series and in a one hour television special, "Timmy and Friends", also available on home video.
Timmy Abell has presented fun-filled concerts at festivals, schools, and concert halls throughout the Eastern United States including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The National Theater in Washington, D.C.; Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston; the JFK Library in Boston; The Peace Center in Greenville, SC and both the children's and adult stages at Merlefest in North Carolina.
Much of Timmy's career has been devoted to Arts in Education. He is a North Carolina Arts Council certified Teaching Artist listed in all major Arts-in-Ed directories throughout the Southeast. Educators in 21 states have praised Timmy's illustrated Teacher Curriculum Guide, highlighting the many subject areas included in his performances. Timmy has completed the Kennedy Center's Artists As Educators training seminar and offers Teacher Workshops on transforming the classroom atmosphere through the use of recoded music, as well as songwriting workshops and residencies for students.
In 2005, Timmy and his wife Susana joined forces to create "Silver Trout Arts". Their program combines music, storytelling, puppetry and poetry - all presented under a theme of "...So Many Ways To Share A Story". They present their educational programs and family concerts as an alternative to Timmy's solo shows for schools and other venues throughout the Southeast, offering high quality entertainment wherever a group of young people and their families are gathered.