Oct 2, 2016

Europe - May/June 2016

                   My wife, Nida, and I returned to Germany once again for my annual concert performance in Pforzheim.
After playing in southern Germany, we drove to Austria staying at various resorts on different lakes in northern Austria and southern Austria. This photo is taken on Woerther Lake.

From southern Austria, we stayed for a few nights in the Italian Alps, the Sud Tirol, at the Panorama Resort where I played my guitar for the "Germanic" Italians.

            From this resort, we drove to another resort hotel farther south in the Brenner Pass, where I performed for two evening concerts. I had played here two years before.

When our visit to Italy finished, we headed back through Austria to Germany. We stayed for a few nights in a wonderful old town on the Rhine River, called Bacharach, and  I performed one happy evening at a nearby hotel.

We spent a few more days touring Germany before returning to Toronto.

Jan 27, 2016

2016 10-day JazzSea Caribbean Cruise

The JazzSea Cruise organizers arranged a very enjoyable 10-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to the Bahamas,  Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba, from Jan. 8 to Jan. 18, 2016,  aboard Holland America's MS Oosterdam.

       My wife, Nida, and I enjoyed good food and good music along with a little sight-seeing.

 Every day, I conducted the "Banjos Aweigh" band, consisting of 25 banjos and ukuleles as well as harmonicas, drums, tuba, clarinet, trombone, washboard, drums, piano, and extra singers. We enjoyed performing in various venues on the ship. We always rehearsed and jammed in the lower deck Hudson Room, but on two concerts, we performed by the pool on the Lido deck. The lighting and acoustics were not the best, but here is a short video of 4 songs taken next to the pool one evening: Just Because, Somebody Stole My Gal, After You've Gone, You're Nobody's Sweetheart Now.

Aside from my own feature concert, I had the opportunity for some "trad jazz" jamming with other JazzSea  musicians, including Dick Williams, on two occasions.  Here is a video of a 2-song medley: Avalon and Indiana:


 Our next JazzSea cruise will be June 29 to July 5, 2016 for a trip to Alaska from Vancouver, BC, aboard the MS Volendam!

Video prepared for Tim's Sept. 11, 2015 Banjo Hall of Fame Induction

The American Banjo Museum and Hall of Fame prepared 5-minute videos for each of the inductees. Thanks to Johnny Baier at the Hall of Fame for his great work!  Here is the video he prepared for me:


Sep 26, 2015


On September 11, 2015, Tim Allan was inducted into the American Banjo Hall Of Fame in Oklahoma City for the second time, along with other notable inductees such as PETE SEEGER and STEVE MARTIN. 

Tim is one of only three inductees who have won this privileged honor of re-induction since the founding of the Banjo Hall of Fame in 1998.

In 2002, Tim was inducted in the category of "Performance" (L) and in September, 2015, he was inducted in the category of "Education"(R). 

Tim and Nida enjoyed the display of vintage banjos.

The day after the ceremony, inductees had a chance to perform in the Banjo Museum's entertainment room. Tim enjoyed playing two songs with the Banjo Museum's owner, Jack Canine.

Europe, May 2015

Tim returned to Germany again in May of 2015 for performances in Wuerzburg and Pforzheim.
                                             Tim had various guests performing with him.
         Tim and Nida enjoyed a musical visit with popular banjoist, Dierk Frerichs, in Sinsheim.
                     Nida and Tim had spare time to return to Paris and other parts of France.

Feb 5, 2015

2015 JazzSea Caribbean Cruise - MS Ryndam, Jan. 18 - 25

After taking one year off, JazzSea cruises arranged a wonderful 7- day cruise leaving from Tampa, Florida, to the western Caribbean, including Key West, Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Maya Mexico, aboard Holland America's MS Ryndam cruise ship.
I had many opportunities to perform, on my own and with various bands - lots of fun! The Banjos Aweigh band had 35 players, making music on their banjos,  harmonicas, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet, ukuleles, and washboards. It was especially enjoyable for my wife and me since we had many friends on board.
 Next year's 10 - day south Caribbean cruise, Jan. 8 - 18, 2016,  aboard the Holland America MS Oosterdam should be great trip.  Check out www.jazzsea.com for further information.

                                               The Holland America MS Ryndam

                                                 Banjos Aweigh led by Tim Allan

        Bob Werner and Jack Canine relaxing after a Banjos Aweigh performance at the Lido pool.

Tim's concert with Karla West on piano.

  Rehearsing for Banjos Aweigh performances.        

Key West
Costa Maya, Mexico