Tim McNulty came to the great Middle West from the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. After a stint playing bass in a punk band he, in his own words, “wised up and went country,” immersing himself in the authentic honky tonk sounds of Austin, Texas while working as a barbecue cook before making his way to Chicago.
With a sound described as “indoor music for outdoor people”, his music is a timeless, lovingly-crafted blend of country, folk, bluegrass, and Americana rolled into a distinctive singer/songwriter package. He has played Chicago live music hotspots such as Martyr’s, Uncommon Ground, The Hideout, and California Clipper, among others. Along with his solo work, he can been seen playing guitar and singing with his Americana band The Black Willoughbys, who have opened for local bluegrass stalwarts Sexfist (Henhouse Prowlers) and country legend Crystal Gayle. Tim will be playing a combination of original compositions and cover songs, and will be supported by musicians Sarah Holtschlag (guitar, vocals, saw) and Mike Austin (percussion).
Sarah Holtschlag’s “songs are an uppercut as much as a french kiss. From fightin and truckin songs to woebegone lullabies about forget-you-not low-flying birds, her sounds charm as well as haunt, tilt as well as persuade.
In the growing up times, Sarah lived in the foothills of factory towers in mid-Michigan. There she learnt to play the singing saw (a 26″ stainless steel blade from ace hardware).”
–Ferris Dayton, Chicago Music Critic