It is with great sadness that i write this article.
Tim Matley, a member of the chart topping and platinum selling Ireland & UK vocal harmony group The Overtones, has passed away aged just 36.
Tim, originally from Farranree on Cork’s northside of the city, had been home to Cork over the Easter holidays and shared his trip on his social media platforms, as he always did for his adoring fans. The details surrounding his death have not been confirmed by any official source. Tim had a turbulent few years battling cancer since he was diagnosed in 2016 with a form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. He had started a fundraising page called “Tim Matley Jump for Life” and he reached his target of £5,000 in donations for cancer research.
I was speaking to Timmy, as he is known, on a few occasions in the past two weeks on the phone as we were due to interview him for Unity TV on many topics including his charity skydive, set to take place on 3rd May. He was doing it for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, the hospital where he received his own cancer treatment in London. He had also been working on an upcoming charity gig in Cork City Hall in June in order to raise funds for the Down Syndrome Centre Cork. He met with Cork’s Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald in City Hall at the launch event. His interest in giving and helping others was huge and he had such a positive attitude towards everything he did.
Timmy was a proud northside and Cork man, and from when he left his home at aged 17 to pursue a career in the music industry he never ever forgot his home. His loving mother Geraldine and sister Audrey and his family members spent every minute with him on his visits home. I followed Tim’s career with interest as seeing any person do well for themselves is great to see. But seeing a local person from the northside flying the flag for us in Cork was something special to see. In the early days when Geraldine would give me a “CD” of their latest album she always said that’s “My Tim’s new album” as proud as punch, and she had every right to be a proud mother. I then would make sure that my family and friends got to listen to them, and so the word got round that this young man from Farranree was doing well.
I started to introduce my children to their great-sounding vocal arrangements in recent years especially when on the road trips to places. The one hit that we all loved singing along to and loved was “Gambling Man”.
Timmy had such a great personality and will always be remembered as a strong caring gentleman who will be sadly missed in his local community of Farranree and beyond.
Fellow group members of The Overtones Mike, Darren, Mark & Lachie have posted on their twitter page of their sadness and great loss. They flew into Cork and performed at a special private gig in Cork last year and I was involved in helping the gig on the ground in Cork. I had the pleasure of introducing them on stage and to see the local people smile and cheer for the group was amazing to witness. Tim looked so delighted to be there for that specific gig I think he felt even more at home, being at home. He was delighted to be there for that event and nothing was going to stop them from being there.
He is an inspiration to people from all walks of life to show that if you want something and are willing to work hard for it, you can succeed. Timmy’s gifted vocals helped bring The Overtones success in Ireland and the UK. They appeared on many TV shows in Ireland and the UK as well as selling out gigs up and down the country. They announced their Summer 2018 tour in March and people could not wait for them to come to their town to witness their entertaining shows.
Timmy will be sadly missed by everyone in the group and his fans. Bust most importantly our thoughts and prayers go to his family at this very sad time for them all. To say that Timmy Matley will always be a legend in Cork is an understatement.
Local Sinn Fein Cllr Kenneth Collins told Unity Media Network “His heart goes out to Geraldine & Audrey and all their family. He said “Timmy was living the dream. He wanted to be a singer and he did it. and he will be sadly missed not just in Farranree but around Ireland & the UK.”