photo by Rebecca Zephyr
How Strange the Healey -
Tim peers over the top of a Japanese koto

Freelance writer and record producer Tim Healey is also a popular broadcaster. He has worked chiefly for BBC Radio 4 for whom he presented the 'At Home with Healey' series on the subjects of the Victorian Song and Supper Rooms; Murder Ballads; Unusual Instruments; Britain's Town Waits; Political Songs; the Great British Barn Dance; and John Clare as a Country Fiddler.
('An enlightening series' The Financial Times)

Tim has also presented programmes on 'Music of the Drovers Roads' and 'Music of the Canals and Waterways', and broadcast more than once on the subject of Dickens and Music. Additionally, he was a frequent contributor to John Peel's Radio 4's 'Home Truths', among other programmes.

Tim runs Beautiful Jo Records and also directs the Oxford Waits with whom he performs in 17th century costume.

BBC World Service
The Heart Has Its Reasons

On air and online from Wednesday 20 October 2010
Is modern neuroscience confirming what poetry, spiritual tradition and everyday speech have acknowledged since the dawn of time – that the heart is more than just a pump? It seems to have its own awareness, to process emotion and perhaps even store memory (which may be why you get strange reports of personality changes in heart transplant patients). Tim observes an operation with surgeon Francis Wells at Papworth, the UK's largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital. Guests include Dr Alan Watkins, a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine at Imperial College London, art historian Sister Wendy Becket and Dr Jay Lakhani from the Hindu Academy.

BBC Radio 4
Hits of the Blitz

Saturday 11 September 2010
What music were people really listening to during the Blitz? (Contributor)

BBC Radio 4
Questions, Questions

Thursday 26 August 2010
Tim Healey explores the mystery of the Green Man’s origins, with Mercia MacDermott

BBC Radio 3
The Garden of Earthly Delights

Friday 28th November 2008 7.40pm
A 20-minute broadcast on the mediaeval Goliards who wrote the satirical, often profane lyrics which Carl Orff set to music in his Carmina Burana.

Independant 'Choice'

BBC Radio 4
Let Me Entertain You (contributor)

Four-part history of popular entertainment, presented by John Sessions
Saturday 13 September 2008 – Mediaeval
Saturday 20 September
2008 – Elizabethan
Saturday 27 September
2008 – Restoration and beyond
Saturday 4 October
2008 - Victorian

BBC Radio 3
Stones that Speak

Secular carvings in mediaeval churches. Gargoyles, low-life minstrels, pagan symbols, monks who bare their bums ­ what are they doing in places of worship? Three 15-minute radio essays…
Monday 6 August 11pm 2007 ‘Ungodly Entertainments’
Wednesday 8 August 2007 ‘The Bawdy Tradition’
Thursday 9 August 2007 ‘Creatures of Nightmare’

BBC Radio 4
The Soldier’s Song

Barrack room ballads as sung today, in two world wars and earlier
Tuesday 7 November 2006 1.30pm
Repeated Saturday 11 November 2006 3.30pm

BBC Radio 4
The Long View: John Bull (contributor)

Exploring the evolution of John Bull and his relevance to modern British life
Tuesday 28 March 2006, 9am (repeated 9.30pm)

BBC Radio 3
Twenty Minutes: Billy Budd, A Song of Innocence

Tim explores the sources of Benjamin Britten's inspiration for the opera
Saturday 10 December 2005, 7.55pm

BBC Radio 4
Home Truths
Tim talks about The Family Slide Show
Saturday 16 July 2005, 9 am

BBC Radio 3
Twenty Minutes: Blow the Man Down
Tim interviews shanty singers at Falmouth, as interlude during HMS Pinafore at the Proms
Saturday 16 July 2005, 8.05pm

BBC Radio 4
'How Strange the Change'

5-part series unlocking the mysteries of key signatures in music. Why should major chords sound happy and minor chords sad? Why should dogs recognise the octave?
Radio 4: Five programmes Monday 24th-Friday 28th January, daily at 3.45pm
'Take one of these daily programmes all week and you will know the answers, through the clear explanations of Tim Healey and clever production of Dilly Barlow'
Gillian Reynolds's Choice, Telegraph

PICK OF THE WEEK! Clare Balding , Radio 4

'Enter the Workhouse'
Archive Hour recalling the story of the workhouse (contributor)
Saturday 8th January 2005, 8pm

'Home Truths'
Tim talks about Re-enactors
Saturday 6 November 04 9am

John Peel's Home Truths'
Tim talks about Wincing
Saturday August 04 9am

'John Peel's Home Truths'
Tim talks about De-cluttering
Saturday 25 October 9 AM
Repeated Monday 27 October 11 PM

'John Peel's Home Truths'
Tim talks about Boomerang Kids
Saturday 23rd Aug 03, 9.00am

'A Good Read'
Tim discusses 'From the Land of Green Ghosts'
by Pascal Khoo Thwe, HarperCollins, 2002
Tuesday 29 April 03, 4.30pm
(repeated Sunday 4 May 11.00pm)

'Lend Me Your Ears'
Sounds of Dickens's London (contributor)
Tuesday 11 February-Tuesday 11 March 03

'High/Low, Fast/Slow'
The extremes of pitch and tempo
Tuesday 6 August 02

'A Little of What You Fancy'
The story of the music halls
Part 1 Tuesday 24 December 02
Part 2 Tuesday 31 December 02


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