Album reviews "They shake the shackles of the English tradition with a full-blooded acoustic attack... dynamism and robust delivery... bravado and gall.... An edge rarely associated with English folk music." Rock'n'Reel "These two have made fine albums as individuals and don't disappoint in combination. Tunes with energy and lyricism.... Proof that British folk music can be modern, respectful of tradition, powerful and exciting" fRoots "A terrific album of gut-filled British folk.... It's exciting to hear how fresh this album sounds.... Bridges generations and bucks trendiness.... Pure musical passion." Sing Out! (USA) "Excellent musicians, good singers, their individual virtuosity and versatility as impressive as ever." The Living Tradition "This album is a corker.... Well worth repeated playings" Dirty Linen (USA) "A combination of two musicians whose credentials and musical integrity are magnetic.... A magical album" EDS "Peters and Tyrrall have an effortless grasp of musical dynamics that enables them to rock like buggery when the opportunity arises, and to draw out the sweetest nuances from more reflective material " Stirrings
Brian Peters & Gordon Tyrrall
Traditional songs and music from Britain with squeezeboxes, guitars and flute
Brian Peters and Gordon Tyrrall perform a varied repertoire of songs and music with vibrancy and virtuosity. Both are respected solo artists on the British and international folk scene, teaming up regularly as a duo combining instrumental skills and vocal harmony - it's often said that they sound more like a whole band than just two people. Brian is a top melodeon and concertina player as well as an accomplished guitarist, while Gordon contributes brilliant and original guitar and fine flute playing, and both are strong singers. Together they create rich arrangements of classic folk songs, blistering instrumentals, original material and the occasional startling cover version. Although their music is firmly based in the tradition, Brian and Gordon bring many different elements to the duo. As well as classic folk songs like their unusual versions of The Female Drummer and The Wild Rover, they include radical covers from Michael Marra to The Beatles, occasional gems from Gordon’s pen, and some of his settings of John Clare’s poetry, like the live favourite Heaven While I’m Near Thee. Their instrumentals, whether from the Derbyshire Peak District or the Scottish Isles, combine drive with lyricism.
Brian Peters and Gordon Tyrrall have appeared as a duo at festivals including Sidmouth, Edinburgh, Warwick, Whitby, Cornwall, and many more. Between them they have toured all over the world, and made solo and band recordings too numerous to list. Together they have made two CDs, Clear The Road (Harbourtown 021) and The Moving Moon, see below for reviews.