We've just finished recording our debut album and now we need your help to get it out into the world!
We are TEYR, a folk trio from London. Introducing James Gavin on fiddle and guitar, Dominic Henderson on uilleann pipes and whistles and Tommie Black-Roff on accordion. Here's what a couple of people are saying about us:
Na-mara "The future of folk music is safe in the hands of young musicians like this."
Folk Radio UK "High-energy brilliance."
Outline Magazine "These chaps play like ancient souls in young, charismatic bodies. TEYR take something old and keep it compellingly new. Not to be missed."
We combine fiddle, pipes, accordion, whistles, guitar and voices in every innovative way we can muster. Heavily influenced by the great Irish, Scottish, English and Cornish musicians who've come before us, we have honed our craft and thrived on weaving our diverse threads together. Folk music, with its mix of fidelity to tradition and freedom of expression, beautifully allows this.
Working with a star producer at his wonderful studio in South London we have been quietly slaving away over the winter. Gerry is a master musician in his own right and has a tremendous back-catalogue of innovative folk music. Using all our pennies earned from a glorious summer of touring across the UK and Ireland we asked Gerry to give us several weeks of his time, recording and producing an hour of the finest folk.
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. It's the proudest moment for all of us. Far From The Tree was a collaboration in every sense of the word; every track a mediation between three musicians meeting at least once a week over the last goodness-knows-how-many months.
The whittled down collection of ballads and tunes is a condensation of all we've created over the last two years since we formed. It's an incredible moment, to see all these concerts, jams, composing sessions and rehearsals suddenly coalesce into a single listening experience, and we want you to be a part of it.
But now that the recording is done, the journey has only really just begun. Next up we need to:
- Master the album so that it sounds absolutely fantastic wherever you are.
- Commission the beautiful artwork by Billy Wynter which will adorn the cover.
- Manufacture the blooming thing!
- Pay for the publicity which will launch the album across the lands.
The money raised here will not completely cover these tasks, but will give us the funds we need to make sure the album arrives on your doorstep. Anything above will help push the album into the stratosphere, sonically and logistically.
It's going to be immense, a listening journey between three minds, across several continents and through a gamut of sounds. Thank you to those who've joined us thus far, and welcome to those we've just met. The next few months are going to be our most exciting yet. Go go go!
Risks and challenges
As with any album project there are a myriad of hurdles to cross. With the recording now paid for and complete, the creative wrangling, sweat and toil is over. But much remains - now to the task of shaping those sounds onto something physical.
We'll be relying upon the skills and availability of several key characters. The mixing talents of our producer (he's a very busy man), a mastering engineer, an artist to create the cover, a passionate publicist and of course our own selves, pushing and organising the whole operation and the upcoming album launch tour.
Even with the tracks on tape, we've set ourselves the conservative deadline of releasing the album in Spring 2016. With so many pieces to the puzzle, we're being careful not to rush. That way we can be sure to have the most beautiful sonic package possible ready to deliver to the world when that day comes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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