Far from the Trees TEYR Transglobal Comprised of an Irishman, a Welshman and an Englishman of Cornish heritage combining pipes, whistles, accordion, fiddle, guitar and voices every which way but loose, TEYR offers a cornucopia of Celtic-rooted delights. With the trio latching on to bands as laudable as Lunasa and Lau for inspiration, their music also has the merit of being imaginatively arranged. Bothy ballads and other songs are juxtaposed with jigs, reels and airs in an auspicious debut album that blends originality with tradition. TEYR’s various influences and virtuosity, honed by two years’ gigging, come together with coherence and continuity in Far from the Trees under the understated production values of Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp). Instrumentals displaying intricate interplay between Dominic Henderson (on wind instruments), Tommie Black-Roff (accordion) and James Gavin (on strings) bookend the set. The opening medley, Reeds & Fipple, peaks in a luminous uillean pipes and accordion duel, underpinned by rhythm guitar. After a stately ascending intro, the closing Dean’s Banjo breaks out into a free-for-all, with the same three instruments in unison and harmony. In The Badge, inventive guitar playing stokes while whistle and accordion joust joyously. The most memorable song, False Lady, is rendered at a quicker tempo than most murder ballads. WB Yeats’s haunting poem Hosting of the Sidhe and the Scottish traveller ballad Huntley Town are delivered with appropriate sobriety. TEYR (three in the Cornish language) is certainly a name to conjure with.