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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 14:42


Written by Tim Readman
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Far From The Tree (Sleight of Hand Records)

This is the first album from this trio, which came together in London, England. Teyr are Irishman Dominic Henderson (uillean pipes, whistles), Welshman Tommie Black-Roff (accordion), and Cornishman James Gavin (guitar, fiddle). 

Far From The Tree includes traditional songs and tune sets. They kick things off with Reeds & Fipple, starting with a full-blown reel that leads unexpectedly into a slow air. Among the traditional songs are the murder ballad False Lady and a stirring rendition of Banks of the Newfoundland with a new melody from Black-Roff. The album bursts with energy and you can hear in the playing and singing the way these three lads complement one another and feed from one another’s performances. 

This is a strong debut release from a band worth watching.



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