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: or for more info go to:

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:

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

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:


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:


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.

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.
Hello all

We bring you news, real news worthy of large print and the lungs of a town crier.

Our debut album Far From The Tree is but a number of days from launch, this coming Friday 23rd September, and how proud we are. Then to coincide with this rite of passage, we will be embarking upon a nationwide tour of England and Scotland, from Cornwall to the Highlands with over 20 dates.


Far From The Tree brings together our folk ramblings from the last two years, all the gigs, sessions and journeys. The album is ours, truly belongs to all three of us and all the friends we’ve made along the winding road. We entered the studio late last year with the master producer and musician Gerry Diver (acclaimed for his work with Lisa Knapp, Sam Lee, Tom Robinson). His inventiveness and grasp of folk music provided the catalyst to our creation, moulding the shape and whittling away the bumps.

Through all the blood, sweat and tears, here it is at last. Far From The Tree simply would not have happened were it not for the belief and generosity of our friends. There's ten tracks of painstakingly crafted original tunes, reimagined folk songs, a couple of nods to our largest influences, and a clutch of lyrics from some of the greatest wordsmiths we know. Stephen Muldoon and W. B. Yeats we salute you.

Then the audible became physical, we made a CD. Our album cover features a beautiful sycamore seed sculpture crafted by Cornish artist Billy Wynter, and photographed in the depths of London by TEYR. Shot using a legendary Hasselblad camera on roll film, we ushered the image into life in the darkroom via a performance of its own. Sebastian Henderson then provided the controlled explosion of colour which adorns the CD itself, and man of measure Dan Biddulph assembled the elegant design.

So here it is. You can pre-order a copy now from our website ( or wait till next week to download or order directly from a number of outlets:


We can wait to share it with you all!


Between now and the beginning of November we take to the road. Our grand opening London launch is hosted by the Nest Collective and with the incomparable support of Loïc Bléjean and Tad Sargent. Regular tickets are £8 advance and £10 on the door.

28th September 2016 @ The Old Queen’s Head

Elsewhere on the tour we have teamed up with some of our favourite musicians from across these lands, including troubadours Jimmy & Sid, mind-bending improvisers Sink and the impeccable tones of Niamh Boadle. Check out the full list:


23/09 Stroud Folk Fest Ale House
24/09 Shipston-on-Stour The Norman Knight
27/09 Southampton Art House
28/09 London Old Queen’s Head*
29/09 Penzance The Acorn**
30/09 Totnes Acoustic Haven***
02/10 Purbeck Square & Compass
02/10 Brighton Latest Music Barº
06/10 Bristol The Fringeºº
07/10 Priston Village Hallººº
16/10 Norwich Bicycle Shop
19/10 Miserden Carpenters Arms
20/10 Abingdon The Abbey
21/10 Matlock The Fishpond^
24/10 Edinburgh House Concert^^
25/10 Glasgow Hug & Pint
26/10 Aberdeen Blue Lamp
27/10 Inverness Hootananny
31/10 Hawick String Theory
01/11 Newcastle Cumberland Arms^^^
03/11 Essex Loughton Folk Club

^^ Sink & Ilk

We hope the summer glow is holding wherever you may be. Hopefully see you on the next part of journey.

Much love

J, D & T x
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