Tim Oakes began piano lessons at an early age in Devon, England, a classical foundation providing a solid base for his later venture into other genres of music; he played blues and rock in the pubs, soul and funk in the clubs, the American songbook on the European piano bar circuit. Moving to Spain in the 80’s, he worked with two separate jazz fusion bands and became vocal diva Madeline Bell’s keyboardist and arranger. Cruise ship gigs followed, including a long spell as resident pianist at QE2’s renowned Yacht Club. He spent five years as musical director on board Florida’s Palm Beach Princess before relocating to the Alabama Theatre, where he has been performing since 2002. Tim has recently introduced ‘Spirit of the Spaceduck’, the debut album from his band Bickleigh Bridge in our gift shop. All songs are Tim’s original compositions, with elements of world, classical, jazz, rock and funk.