Folk trio TEYR (‘3’ in the Cornish language) evolved out of London’s thriving session scene; that by combining bothy ballads, focsle shanties, folk tunes and Irish poetry, their trademark blend of voices and instruments draws links between the many sounds of the British and Celtic Isles, as well as the Nordic countries.
Having honed their craft over the best part of a decade, they thrive on weaving their diverse threads together by using close vocal harmonies, fiddle, uilleann pipes, guitar, low whistle and accordion, to characterise themselves and the influences of the great folk musicians who’ve come before
TEYR have released two highly acclaimed studio albums in which they strive to continue the living traditions of music and art in which they grew up around, and highlighting the important themes of travel, migration and identity. A three-piece whose roots lie in a myriad of places (Cornwall, Ireland, Wales and London) but continue to develop a unique sound through mixing up a blend of assorted traditions and modernity. Whether they are playing their own original melodies, or reworked ballads, TEYR continue to push on with a distinctive sound, full of innovative and peculiar notes.
James Patrick Gavin (Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals)
Tommie Black-Roff (Accordion, Vocals)
Dominic Henderson (Uilleann pipes, Low Whistle, Vocals)
GUARDIAN OBSERVER ★★★★
In a class of their own.
OZ HARDWICK, RnR MAGAZINE ★★★★★
There are countless bands following a similar path of British acoustic music, but now and again one stands out – TEYR is such a band.
With a debut like this, UK folk music is in good hands.
Deeply thoughtful and crafted. A dazzling range of skill.
Far from the tree it may be, but it is juicy fruit. The playing is exemplary, [they] mesh and merge beautifully.
FOLK RADIO UK
Boundless energy, imagination and instrumental expertise.
If you only see one thing today, see TEYR.
Musicians of this dexterity, quality and charisma make post-trad ensemble TEYR one of the most playful and artful groups around.
High octane folk drawing deeply from their combined heritage – three consummate musicians playing with verve, mystery, magic and a healthy dose of disrespect for pointy headed purism – one of London’s finest trad groups in many a year.
TIM CARROLL, FOLKWORDS
A sparkling and iridescent display of accomplished musicianship. Among the best that folk has to offer.
Far From The Tree is an album with a colourful, rich soundscape, where the faultless internal balance of the musicianship is expertly conveyed.
LEE BLACKSTONE, ROOTS WORLD
Far From The Tree is a stunningly crafted release, the kind of music that builds on tradition with such care that it feels perfect. The group Teyr is essential listening.
NORTHERN SKY MAGAZINE
Ten works of sculptural beauty that demand our attention.
MICHAEL MOLL, FOLKWORLD
Top notch music of one of the greatest bands that has come out of the English scene in recent times.
SEAN RAFFERTY, BBC RADIO 3
TEYR create wonderful worlds.