TEYR in Finland last autumn. Photo by Anna Mathews @manka.photos

Autumn colours peak and then they fade, golden leaves wash the ground and the dark draws into the day. Winter is the time we retreat and look back on the year we've had.

What was promised to be an excellent summer of ‘musicking’ ended up exceeding all expectations and was a season full of new meetings, new festivals and new projects. 

Our first of many warm thanks go to all the folks at the Oundle International Festival, who helped kick-start our summer with a wonderful opportunity to play at St. Peter’s Parish Church in Yaxley for their ‘Music in Special Places’ event. We got to stretch our fingers, dust off those cobwebs and even learn a bit of history! (Turns out Oliver Cromwell was in hot pursuit of some important people during the Civil War, and with the cunning use of fire and cannon, tried to oust those people hiding in this Church). That same weekend we got to view the gorgeous Gower peninsula at sunset during a performance at Gower Folk Festival.

Later in July we were lucky enough to return to Priddy Folk Festival after a couple of years elsewhere. Our main stage slot was an absolute highlight of the summer. Priddy is a festival we will always love, and Rachel Clarke has done such a fantastic job over the years. We want to offer our sincere gratitude for all the years she’s looked after us in the Mendip Hills, and to offer her the best of luck in years to come.

In our previous mail-out, we mentioned that we were going to do a little four-day tour with none other than The Twisted Twenty. We don’t often get to share the road with fellow musicians, so for us, it was a real treat! From Abergavenny to Cornwall and all the way back up to London, there were laughs, great food and great leggings! It wouldn’t be a TEYR tour if there weren’t some issues with Dominic’s car also; so if you're lucky enough, we might even do it all over again in the future - watch this space!

TEYR & T20 at Abergavenny's Artshop & Chapel. Dominic sporting the famous dinosaur leggings of the summer - his name shall be etched into the history books as the folk scene's trendiest piper!

If you haven’t checked out The Twisted Twenty yet, MAKE SURE YOU DO!

[click here for all things twisted and divisible by the numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 and 10]

A New Folk Music Gathering

Beyond our gigging schedule there were two other rather special occasions for us this last year. First, we were able to participate in Tommie Black-Roff’s new folk summer school, Crean Folk Camp. This exciting new project held its first gathering during June of 2018 and the TEYR three were there to lead tuition and set the ball rolling. We got to meet some fantastic people, and it was refreshing to be able to run our own workshops with our own ideas (we even got in some DIY practice with redecorating a barn, building our own compost loo, and having hours of fun on Tommie’s motorised lawnmower!). The importance of keeping local culture and traditions is certainly not lost on us, especially the ability to bring it to others in an open and dynamic environment.

Registrations open Saturday 19 January!
If you want to find out more about what the camp is all about, click here.

If you already know you want to attend, get ready to apply later next week as applications open on Saturday 19th January.

TEYR in Helsinki at Arkadia International Bookshop. Photo by Anna Mathews @manka.photos

New Material

Second, we went to Finland. And folks, guess what's new?

We are currently in the process of preparing a second album!

After months of organising timetables and schedules, we have just recently spent a week in October in Finnish lake country, and another back in London, writing and arranging new music. It may come as no surprise to say that we're all quite excited about this.

Already we have some classic groves from James, some roller coaster tunes from Tommie, and emotive melodies from Dominic - with songs and themes capturing the concerns with the modern world, we are hoping it will be an effective commentary, as well as a tonic.

James at CC!

Our very own James Patrick Gavinis heading to Celtic Connectionsnext weekend for a concert in the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. After his album launch last year at London's Union Chapel, it's fantastic to see James taking this up to the folk music biggest winter event. Not to be missed! You may even see some other familiar faces...
James Patrick Gavin Trio at National Piping Centre 19.02.19

Next Year

Plans are currently shaping up for summer 2019. If you have any suggestions on where we should play then drop us a message. We'd love to hear from you.

Finally we would also like to thank ALL OF YOU for making this past year and future projects a reality. As always, none of this would be possible without you guys taking such a keen interest in our work. To all the fans, musical fanatics, event organisers and hosts, have a wonderful beginning to 2019, and however you celebrated your yule, we hope it was warming and fulfilling!

Until our next adventure

T, D & J

Gool Peran Lowen! Happy St Piran’s Day!

To celebrate Tommie is launching a new gathering of folk musicians, Crean Folk Camp, taking place this summer in Cornwall. The TEYR fraternity will be in attendance along with the renowned Cornish clarinetist Hilary Coleman and the fabulous baroque folk fiddler Flora Curzon.

Starting summer 2018, Crean Folk Camp is a week-long course for instrumentalists exploring musicality in folk music and beyond, focusing on melody, improvisation, ensemble-playing and composition.

Based in the beautiful far reaches of Cornwall near Land’s End, we invite you to come be part of a new community, living, playing, cooking and learning together. Open to instrumentalists of all backgrounds, we will delve into folk music, Cornish traditions and ourselves.

This year’s tutors are:
Tommie Black-Roff - Accordion
Hilary Coleman - Clarinet
Flora Curzon - Fiddle
James Patrick Gavin - Fiddle & Guitar
Dominic Henderson - Uilleann Pipes & Whistles

The cost of tuition is £150 which includes camping for the week. Accommodation is available on request. To book a place contact Tommie on: mail@creanfolkcamp.org or for more info go to: creanfolkcamp.org

James's solo debut is upon us! After 2 years in the making, the concept album 'Chewing The Fat' is out today, Friday 26th January. You can order yourself a beautiful copy straight away at: https://jamespatrickgavin.bandcamp.com/

To celebrate, James and the rest of the TEYR team will be launching the album in London at the stupendous Union Chapel in a little over a week. Find out about the album and launch below. Don't miss the spectacular launch on Monday 5th February.


James (henceforth known as 'James Patrick Gavin' for marketing purposes) has been quietly toiling away on a veritable labour of love. The product is a beautifully honest and imaginative exploration of what it means to be London Irish and a musician between places. Described as "Stunning" by the Irish Independent, it is a musical feast of original tunes and songs.

James Patrick Gavin

On show is James's familiar fiddling and guitar plucking, alongside a guest roster plucked from London's finest musicians. In total the album includes singers J Eoin, Seamus Gavin and Jez Hellard, bouzouki and bodhrán player Tad Sargent, flautist Órlaith McAuliffe, banjoist Hugh O'Neill, plus the other TEYRites of course.

This unique gathering of some of London’s finest folk musicians presents a rare joining-of-dots between innumerable bands from previous decades. It's folk music that dances the line between tradition and irreverence, England and Ireland, groove and grace. And lastly, in the most enchanting way, it also weaves together three generations of his own Irish family through sound recordings and interviews.

Go give it a listen! We love it. Or better still buy the album and come to the launch in London!


"Go big or go home!" That's our motto here. If you're going to record a dozen musicians on an epic album, you may as well have an epic party to fit. On Monday 5th February James Patrick Gavin will launch 'Chewing The Fat' at the Union Chapel. Have a look at the suitably 'Fat' line-up here:

Chewing The Fat Lineup...

One of London's top venues, 10 acclaimed musicians, several dozen experimental sound recordings and 900 seats to fill. It's going to be massive. Here are the full details below. Hopefully see many of your lovely faces down there.

'Chewing The Fat' Album Launch at The Union Chapel

James Patrick Gavin live at The Union Chapel, London
'Chewing The Fat' Album Launch
Monday 5th February
With support from Fiona Fey
Tickets: http://bit.ly/JPGavinChewingLaunch

To those outside of the London bubble, we'll cross paths somewhere else along the road we're sure.

J, D & T x
We have an exciting announcement, a new video! Something that has been in the pipeline, brewing in secret, is now available to watch and listen to – we were extremely fortunate to record our version of 'La Bestia' at No 14 Bacon Street off Brick lane.

This place was a gem in the fog, and a beautiful community hub where some truly enchanting music was created. We want to extend our gratitude to the prodigious Alastair Caplin, whom was instrumental in the production of this video, and to Jess Collins for allowing us into Bacon Street to enjoy the space. Added thanks also go to Hannah and Fred for capturing us (and making us look wonderful) on camera and all the technical (including wine pouring) support.

TEYR ft. Alastair Caplin - La Bestia

As the weather draws in and the winter months creep towards us, we prepare for a fond farewell to another enjoyable year of musicking, whilst looking ahead to future seasons and endeavours new. Read on for touring, James's solo debut and a London one off winter-warmer.


One such adventure on our doorstep is a small tour we will be playing with Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra – a familiar figure to our fans and to the folk scene also.

Here are more details to get your teeth into:

This is in aid of the release of the live album ‘D’rect From The Shire’. This album features twelve of the best crafted of Jez’s work captured live at various venues around the country, and pays homage to the Sofa Sessions (made possible by the great Rachael Chadwick) and to Jez’s home turf of King’s Cliffe, Northamptonshire.

The tour will move from west to east, moving through the idyllic west country before landing in London for its final night, at the Queen’s Head on Essex Road. For the London climax, see full details and book tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/414343


Later in November we will also be playing our last gig of the year at the Magic Garden pub in Battersea, on Sunday 19th. Home sweet home, almost! Details are on the event page here: https://tinyurl.com/yd7ujfde


That’s not all – in the new year our eyes will turn to our very own James Gavin and his album launch for ‘Chewing The Fat’, early bird tickets are still available for a limited time only. Plenty of noise has been made about this by ourselves (and other media acolytes of ours), and for good reason! James will be drawing upon the finest musicians he has played with in his career and will be a show not to be missed. So, get your tickets early, and prepare yourselves for a treat. http://bit.ly/JPGavinChewingLaunch

Summer 2018 is set to be a stonking season of travel and music as we prepare to unleash new sounds and songs upon the festival scene. We are as always taking suggestions for venues and festivals – if you have any in mind and want to let us know, please feel free to contact us directly.

We’re really excited to be playing in front of all you wonderful people again, and do watch this space for announcements for gig dates and locations.


J, D & T x

We are thrilled to reveal the new animation for ‘Nothing Grows’! Brought to life by animator and illustrator Sasha Balan, her video explores the song’s poetry and musical patterns. Seeds, mountains, willow trees and the inescapable passage of time all feature in Balan’s poignant rendering of the lyrics by Irish poet Stephen Muldoon. Its release accompanies the launch of our 2017 Summer Tour encompassing 10 concerts across England and France.

Here's some background on the song from our 'Far From The Tree' album booklet.

Travelling through Ireland in late summer we stopped off in Fermanagh, lake county, for a house concert in the kitchen of Maggie and Stephen Muldoon. Aside from being wonderful humans they are also lovers of music and words. This song grew from the kernel of Stephen’s beautiful poetry, in particular, a set of five stanzas about growth and memory. Here’s what he had to say:

I guess when I wrote the words the main thing I had in mind was that nothing happens in a vacuum. If you want something to happen you have to make it so and start somewhere, no matter how great the challenges seem to be. The words relate also to the lives and memory of a few of the good people that I was privileged to know, who may now be gone – in the physical sense anyway, but who made such a positive contribution to life when on this earth; nothing grows where nothing’s been.

And here are the words which became the song:

'Nothing Grows'

Apple grows on apple tree
Mighty oak from bird dropped seed
Chestnut, conker, king of nine
Swinging pendulum piece of twine
Nothing grows where nothings been
Nothing grows where nothings been

Willow slipped, to multiply
woven basket, turf supply
Mountain, ash, rowan berry
Gone you, the flowering cherry
And nothing grows where nothings been
Nothing grows where nothings been

Seed, sapling, branch, the tree
life-cycle, legacy
Seed, sapling, branch, the tree
life-cycle, legacy
Nothing grows where nothings been
Nothing grows where nothings been

Apple blossom in Ireland - Photo by Stephen Muldoon

We're on the road again, this time taking in the sights and sounds of more southerly climes. In the wake of 'Far From The Tree' we've been taking TEYR in some new directions, more improvisation, more fiddle and more diverse influences. We're itching to show you all some of the new tricks up our sleeves. So come find us at one our 10 concerts spread through England, France and of course, Cornwall.

First up we're heading west to Gloucestershire and the Prema Arts Centre where we'll be playing in their concert space with its tasty acoustics. Then we head east and south, stopping at Faversham Nautical Festival before hopping across the channel. There's 4 concerts in France late this month; a house concert in Bourgogne, a Folk Forum 47 concert at Salle Jules Ferry in Lauzun, Lot-et-Garonne, a gig at Le Souleilla, Clermont in the Ariège foothills of the Pyrenees, and finally an open air performance in the courtyard of Maison Fermat, Beaumont de Lomagne in Tarn-et-Garonne.

In August you'll find us at Broadstairs Folk Week at the opening concert on Friday 11th with the mighty Dallahan and Faustus as well as the following day at a more subdued session. The following week we're giving our final London performance of the summer alongside songstress Martha Tilston at a beautiful new music space in Walthamstow, St Mary's Music Hall. Then we quit the city for our summer tour finale with two dates in the west, one in Tommie's hometown of Mousehole at the newly refurbished Solomon Browne Memorial Hall, and then at the best pub on the channel, the Square & Compass on the Isle of Purbeck.

More details of all our gigs can be found over on our gig page. Hope to see all your faces there!

Let the madness commence.
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