A UTTOXETER deputy head teacher has an unusual way of releasing the pressures of the job – by pulling out his guitar and taking to the stage.
Tim Brunt is the deputy head teacher at Thomas Alleyne’s High School by day but at night he transforms into the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Shelter.
Joined by Simon Parkes on the bass, Julian Parker as the lead singer and on the rhythm guitar and Andy Spencer on drums, the group started out as a side project to The Cavemen, which was primarily a covers band with a few original songs slotted in.
The original idea was to create a vehicle for their original songs which had grown in number and they planned to keep The Cavemen going as the main band.
However, after playing some of their own songs, they called time on The Cavemen after five years and decided to focus on producing their own music as The Shelter.
Mr Brunt said: “There is a big difference we found between playing our own songs and covers because you have to work harder to win the audience over because the songs are not familiar to them. The rewards are much greater though, the feeling of seeing people sing along to the chorus of Echoes of Queen Street at Dovefest was amazing.
“Dovefest was a big deal for us. We have taken a long time to arrive at a settled line up and our drummer Andy had only joined the band two weeks before the gig so it was touch and go whether we would be ready in time.”
The band is influenced mainly by bands of the late 70s punk, new wave and 80s and 90s indie music.
His extra curricular activities have come as a surprise to his pupils, despite his passion for music dating back to long before he found a love for teaching.
Mr Brunt said: “I was playing guitar a long time before I became a teacher so playing in a band is a great release from the pressures of the job.
“Pupils are always very surprised to find out I play in a band as they don’t think teachers have lives away from school.”