If you’re after some tasty food to share with friends, accompanied by a glass of regional Victorian wine, boutique beer or  house-made infused vodkas, then Mordialloc’s newest hidden treasure is right up your alley!  After 3 years of planning, squabbling and building we’ve launched Side Street, the little sister of Main Street.  As part of a regular live music Sunday format Sidestreet welcomes Tim Morrison for a little ‘laneway festival’ flare this Sunday July 12.

“We wanted to create a place in Mordy for everyone to enjoy some food and a drink in a more relaxed environment…something…a little bit out of the ordinary” said manager Marc Crozier on the eve of opening week.

There are few places Tim Morrison feels more at home than on a stage, rock band settled into a groove behind him and a captive audience in front of him hanging off his every lyric.  As one of a handful of acclaimed local artists performing on rotation each week including Sarah Rzek, Chris Doheny and Rick Varlet, fans are in for real treat with the exciting new Sunday format.

It’s a familiar sight for fans of Tim’s previous band, popular Melbourne rockers Trial Kennedy, combined with new fans who witnessed him on hit talent show The Voice. And now it’s a sight Australian music fans can once again look forward to with the release of Shine, Tim’s first solo single.

Shine, the first of many solo tracks Tim has ready to be put down on tape, led this Melbourne boy into the studio of good friend and acclaimed rock producer Hadyn Buxton, who last worked with Tim on Trial Kennedy’s 2011 album Living Undesigned.

Having written Shine on piano, Tim knew he wanted to play the instrument on the recording and the end result is a track that soars. There is urgency to the bristling keys of the intro that opens out into a gorgeous rock chorus propelled by that voice. It’s a voice honed through years of live performing and now Tim is giving it reign to tell his own stories.

“There is something extremely exhilarating about creating music on your own,” Tim says of being a solo artist. “Of having that freedom of creative control.”

“But on the flip side you lose that joy of creating as a group. You really cannot compare the two. You love them equally but they’re just different.”

Having stepped out on his own, Tim has spent the last year writing and recording tracks here and overseas, working with a whole range of producers interested in hearing Tim develop a style all his own.

“The Voice made me realise who I do and don’t want to be as a musician and for that I am forever grateful. Strangely enough, my experience also taught me not to take myself too seriously,” Tim explains.

And Shine is only the beginning. It won’t be long before Tim Morrison is back in the charts and making himself right at home.

Side Street is located at 501 Main Street Mordialloc and offers everything you need for a cosy kick back, a winter wine or some vodka sing-a-longs this Sunday with Tim Morrison from 4pm.  Next week July 19 Rick Varlet followed by Sarah Rzek on Sunday 26th July also from 4pm.


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