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Meet the singing Toon Exiles
Tim Readman and Alan Millen
Tim Readman and Alan Millen
Two continents, Two expats, united to create one CD about the team they love.

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Just because you are thousands of miles away from home, doesn't mean you can't show support for your football team.

That's exactly what Tim and Alan have done by recording an album of songs all about Newcastle United.

Their collaboration was by chance as Tim's name popped up when
Alan typed 'Geordie Folk singer' into an internet search engine.

The Exiles' new record
The Exiles' new record

Both expats, Tim Readman emigrated to Canada 16 years ago while, Alan was born in Newcastle and emigrated to Canada when he was five and is now settled in Switzerland.

Alan's hobby is songwriting and Tim is a folk musician. They negotiated the geographical divide by Alan emailing the lyrics over to Tim who would record the songs, 7,000 miles away in his basement recording studio.

They had already penned two songs before they'd even spoken to each other. Since then, Alan has visited Tim in Vancouver where they finalised the plans for their musical tribute to Newcastle United.

Together, they have created 14 songs about the Magpies including tributes to Jackie Milburn, Peter Beardsley and Alan Shearer.

'The First Eleven (and three on the bench)' is a labour of love for these expats who hope that Magpies fans all over the world will be able to enjoy the spirit of the songs.

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