On Tuesday the 20th August Northside broke the sad news that their friend and guitarist Timmy Walsh had passed away. In a moving tribute posted to the band’s Twitter and Facebook pages the group wrote;
‘”It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this as we are all still in shock, but our brother, friend, guitarist and inspiration Tim Walsh, has passed away. All our thoughts and love are with his family and friends. We are absolutely gutted. Dermo, Woll and Cliff XXX.”
Northside were signed to Anthony Wilson’s music label Factory Records, and toured the world. In 1990 the band released their first single ‘Shall We Take A Trip / Moody Places’ FAC-268, both track’s going on to become firm fan favourites and ‘Madchester’ classics.
Northside (Tim Walsh far left)
In 1991 the band’s debut album was released on CD and vinyl, ‘Chicken Rhythms’, (FACT 310) and is still a much loved album which helped define the ‘Baggy’ era with song’s like ‘Take Five’, ‘Shall We Take A Trip’ & ‘Tour De World’ produced by Ian Broudie. The CD version contained one of the band’s fan favourites ‘My Rising Star’.
As the band were busily recording what would have been their second album, whilst continuing to play gigs, the label, Factory Records folded and the second album was shelved. Tim Walsh continued bringing his magical touch to the group’s music until 1994, when he left the band. The popular debut album by Northside was reissued by LTM in 2005 in an expanded version containing tracks only previously available as B Sides plus two live tracks truly showcasing the mastery of Tim Walsh’s guitar work, and the brilliance of the entire band.
The band announced a reunion tour and played up and down the country to crowds of avid loyal fans.
Timmy Walsh also joined cult Manchester band ‘Gabrielles Wish’ for a brief stint before leaving the group because of other commitments. He did return to recording again by playing guitar on many of Robert Paul Corless’ solo albums released by Eromeda between 2014 up until very recently. Robert Corless and Timmy Walsh formed the group The Evil Poor and played shows across the UK with that group as well as releasing the single ‘Beautiful Girl’ showcasing Timmy’s jangling guitar tones and rocking out on the single’s B Side ‘To The Light’ released via Eromeda Records.
The Evil Poor (Timmy far left)
Outside of music everyone who met Timmy Walsh will speak of his graceful, kind and fun nature, he was a gentleman and and amazing musician and he will be sorely missed by everybody whose live’s he touched.
Northside Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NORTHSIDEofficial/
The Evil Poor Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EvilPoor/
Robert Paul Corless Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RobertPaulCorless/
Written by Andrew James Barclay / Photographs by; trust a fox, Adam Booth & Miki Csepely-Knorr MA