“Tim Hulsman’s new album GET LOVED! is a superb combination of intense, heartfelt songs and passionate playing with an immediate and captivating delivery. This is an album that will find a welcome home amidst any music collection that includes the likes of Tom Waits, Ry Cooder, Jeff Buckley, Bill Withers, Jeff Lang, The Dirty Three and Paul Kelly. Hulsman is a major emerging talent on the Australian roots/blues/folk/country soul music landscape. Now is the time to grab a seat on the Hulsman train.” – Stuart Coupe
Tim Hulsman learnt from an early age how to perform for an audience. He had 18 years personal experience with which to observe how to both captivate and hold people. But he’s spent the last 23 years estranged from the man who taught him, his father.
One of six children raised in a rigidly devout Jehovah’s Witness family, Tim’s father was a respected elder in the JW community, responsible for counselling and advising ‘the flock’ and for ex-communicating members who were deemed to be straying, or worse – to be ‘unrepentant sinners’. Any music other than hymns and religious music was heavily regulated in the Hulsman home. Tim’s paternal uncle was a well-regarded Jazz musician, but with him ‘outside the flock’ it just confirmed Tim’s parents’ belief that music would lead you astray.
At the age of 18, after years of argument and with compromise out of reach, Tim was ex-communicated from his family and JW community over his desire to no longer follow religion, and instead seek a career in music.
Fast forward over 2 decades and Tim Hulsman is still whole-heartedly embracing his relationship with music, living his passion for singing and story-telling, his songs exude a defiant passion for self-belief, a distain for social injustice and a keen sense of survival that has seen him survive the Boxing Day Tsunami 2004, a bushfire, several floods, drug addiction, severe depression…and three months riding a motorbike around India. Plenty of songwriting fodder there.
In 2014 – 2015 Tim toured nationally and appeared at music festivals to promote his album, Dead Man’s Garden. In July 2014 “Dead Man’s Garden” debuted at 18 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts on the back of a full tour schedule, playing live shows and many radio interviews and live-to-air performances.
Tim is a world-class performer, awarded the Alex Legg Memorial Foundation Scholarship 2015, for excellence in song writing, stagecraft and artistic vision.
In his latest album “GET LOVED!” (2017) Tim explores his roots and reveals more about himself than ever before, somehow bringing together all of his favourite music styles and influences into a fresh, bold new style of his own.
His band the “Tim Hulsman Trio” has been touring the Eastern side of Australia during 2017 with steadily increasing crowds and critical acclaim for their live show. His soul-drenched vocals, memorable melodies and unique roots/pop sensibility make every show a thrill, but it’s through his story-telling & stage banter that he stands out as a true entertainer.