TeaTime Assortment / Bio

TeaTime Assortment are a curious assortment of people with a real assortment of music. From bluesy-jazzy sounds to traditional and contemporary folk, from standard ballads to original material … are the Assortment light and sweet like a custard cream ? ... or darker and enticing like a bourbon? Or are we just crackers?

Very diverse influences! A real assortment! From sixties folkies like Baez and Simon & Garfunkel to 'leading ladies' of song like Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Eva Cassidy, Joan Armatrading ... from performers on the current folk scene such as the wonderful Hilary Spencer to bands like Chumbawamba. And that's just for starters! Alan is an old folk'n'blues man who has dabbled in rock'n'reggae, Lola is a classically trained flautist who is now into both traditional folk and modern music and vocalist Denise's first love is jazz - no wonder it's an assortment!

We've placed on this site a number of 'covers' from our CD 'TeaTime At Tom's' (don't worry - we checked with PRS that our CD's PRS-MCPS Licence entitles us to use tracks online that are not our own stuff!) and 2 original songs - 'It's So Easy' and 'Scotland's Daughter' (which is kind of Denise's life story set to music!) - both are written by Alan with flute arrangements by Lola.

You can often get a taste of TeaTime Assortment (a sound bite?) at Wivenhoe Folk Club where they have become the ‘house-band’. (First Thursday of every month, 8pm at The Flag Inn, Colchester Road, Wivenhoe. Call 01206 827759 at least 48 hours before the event for free membership and details of guest artists appearing).

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Band Members
Denise Van Loen, vocals; Lola Barnes, flute, harmony vocals; Alan Van Loen, guitar, harmonicas
Artist Name
TeaTime Assortment
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Folk / Jazz / Blues

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