‘Far From The Tree’ by Teyr - sparkling and iridescent display of accomplished musicianship(January 26, 2017)
Finding the correct words to convey what you hear is sometimes more of a challenge than first expected ... with the debut album from folk trio Teyr, there’s no problem whatsoever ... this is a sparkling and iridescent display of accomplished musicianship. Add thought-provoking invention and innovation to the mix, and you have an album that is crisp, charismatic and colourful. The strength of ‘Far From The Tree’ comes through a faultlessly blended combination of fiddle, pipes, accordion, whistles, guitar and voices that displays originality working perfectly alongside tradition.
The weave of influences creates a spectrum of music with influences from England, Ireland and Scotland working in conjunction ... songs of Cornwall, poetry of WB Yeats, Scottish murder ballad ... all with a distinct touch of creativity and imagination. The self-penned ‘Reeds &Fipple’ moves from rampant reel to slow air, the ‘Banks of Newfoundland’ reflects the hardship of crossing the Atlantic under sail, ethereal tones and harmonising voices deliver ‘Hosting of The Sidhe’, the ‘False Lady’ offers up classic murder and regret, while ‘Ivy Scarlett’s Waltz/ Backseat Driver’ serves up another imaginative original tune set.
Teyr (number three in the Cornish language) are James Gavin, Dominic Henderson and Tommie Black-Roff and together they have with ‘Far From The Tree’ fashioned an album to establish themselves among the best that folk has to offer.
Review: Tim Carroll