Tim Lake – Banjo Extraordinaire

“Tim Lake could take his place among the greatest banjoists of any style”
Paul E. Comeau, Dirty Linen Magazine, 1995

Singer-songwriter, composer, performer, and composer, Dr. Tim Lake, is a multi-talented musician who has been playing banjo and guitar as a professional musician for over 40 years. He has performed across the United States and internationally with his group “The Little Big Band.” Among his credits are the release of eleven albums of original songs.

A master on his instrument, Lake’s music displays rare qualities heard on the radio far too infrequently. The sound is pure with the words coming straight from the heart and soul, breaking the conventional barriers of modern music. While over 90 percent of the compositions on his albums are original, Lake also often turns his eye to the classics, giving them his unique spin.

But his musical abilities are not limited strictly to songs and ballads. In 1991 he completed his doctoral dissertation, resulting in “An American Concerto for 5-String Banjo and Orchestra,” a masterwork that proved, in one fell swoop, that a banjo can successfully be put on a concert hall stage to good reviews.

Interview by Lindsey Seavert
Channel 10 TV Columbus, OH
April 2007


An American Concerto For 5-String Banjo & Orchestra by Tim Lake
April 27, 1993

The Story of Mountain Music presented by Tim Lake



Three New Album Releases

“A Moment” – “Portraits Of Japan” – “Same Old Roadside Inn”

Padraig Records, LLC is proud to announce the September 8, 2023 release of three new digital albums entitled “A Moment,” “Portraits Of Japan,” and “Same Old Roadside Inn” distributed by MVD Distribution to all downloading and streaming platforms. “A Moment” is a set of original songs by singer-songwriter/banjoist Tim Lake poignantly portraying the varied mosaic of everyday lives. “Portraits Of Japan” blends Lake’s originals with Japanese tunes featuring banjo performances with shakuhachi flute, koto, taiko drums, and shamisen performers. “Same Old Roadside Inn” is Tim Lake’s debut album showcasing his breadth as a singer-songwriter/ banjo/guitarist musically spanning a wide range of American styles. All recordings feature supporting casts of world class musicians such as pianist Jay Flippin, shakuhachi flute master Kuniyoshi Sugawara, dobro extraordinaire Jerry Douglas, and steel guitarist John Heinrich to name a few.