Evolving out of London’s thriving session scene, combining bothy ballads, focsle shanties, folk tunes and Irish poetry, folk trio TEYR are delighted to announce the release of their second album, Estren. Recorded and produced by Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing, 422, Andy May Trio) their return marks a new focus on raw live sound, interwoven vocals, musical collaboration and rich soundscapes.
Originally formed in London at the beginning of 2013, their members are fiddler and guitarist James Patrick Gavin, accordionist Tommie Black-Roff and uilleann piper and whistle player Dominic Henderson. The band saw critical acclaim for their 2016 debut album Far From The Tree, and in recent years the members of TEYR’s ranks have taken on their own individual journeys; producing albums of their own and relocating to the Nordic countries. In autumn 2018 they reunited in a Finnish log cabin to begin work on the new album, and over the course of the next two years paid numerous visits to their old writing haunt in West Cornwall to complete the musical weaving. Now the trio are thrilled to return to the fray once more as TEYR and share their new vision, Estren.
Here they are to tell you a bit more about it:
The new album melds original compositions and songs, tipping its hat to the themes of travel, immigration and identity summed up in the word ‘Estren’, Cornish for ‘Stranger’. The record features a wealth of guest musicians, hailing from diverse backgrounds, all with strong ties with TEYR. Within the track list are the likes of award winning cellist Abel Selaocoe (Kabantu, Chesaba), vocalist Ruth Corey (NYX Electronic Drone Choir), Cornish clarinettist Hilary Coleman (Dalla), fiddler and composer Alastair Caplin (Band of Burns, The Langan Band), BBC R2 Folk Award Nominee Sid Goldsmith (Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Awake Arise), violinist Holly Harman (Twisted Twenty, Pennyfiddle Records), violist Amy Jane Hosken (Rad Orchestra), bodhran player Tad Sargent (Crossharbour, Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent), violinist Flora Curzon (Fran & Flora, Gaia Duo) and bassist Nina Harries (Akram Khan, London Electronic Orchestra).
The resulting expansive sound is a new chapter in TEYR’s distinctive blend of high energy and fine craft.
“If you only see one thing today, see TEYR” The Independent
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