POLR Presents at The Gresham Centre - TEYR + The Norfolk Broads + Josh Geffin
Friday 24 May 2019, 7pm
£10 advance, £15 on the door
GRESHAM CENTRE, GRESHAM ST
This event took place on 24 May 2019
Pear O’Legs Records is back at The Gresham Centre in the beautiful Grade I listed church St Anne & St Agnes by St Paul’s with more fantastic music.
Folk trio TEYR evolved out of London’s thriving session scene, combining bothy ballads, focsle shanties, folk tunes and Irish poetry. Their unique blend of voices and instruments draws links between the many sounds of the Celtic and British isles. Featuring close vocal harmonies, fiddle, uilleann pipes, guitar, low whistle and accordion, and influenced by the great folk musicians who’ve come before, TEYR (‘3’ in the Cornish language) have honed their craft and thrive on weaving their diverse threads together.
Described by Folk Radio UK as “High-energy brilliance”, James Gavin, Dominic Henderson and Tommie Black- Roff are three of London’s finest new breed of folk musician.
“If you only see one thing today, see TEYR” ~ The Independent
“There are countless bands following a similar path of British acoustic music, but now and again one stands out - TEYR is such a band.” ~ RnR Magazine *****
_“TEYR create wonderful worlds” ~ _Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3
The Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are a four-piece female ensemble who enjoy singing low-pitched folk songs about love, despair, and dastardly boyfriends.
They bonded over maritime work songs and failed romances in the alto section of a sea shanty choir, deciding to form a girl-group during a long car ride to Cornwall in 2015. Since then, they have performed their spirited harmonies at festivals and venues in London and further afield, including Wilton’s Music Hall, the Southbank Centre, Fire in the Mountain festival, Folk East Festival and on board the Cutty Sark.
The Broads supply their repertoire of traditional stories with a very contemporary verve and energy, using old songs to fuel new takes on the lives of women both past and present.
“Young female quartet the Norfolk Broads are strong storytellers…Their close harmonies brought a witty feminist take to a well-curated set of tales of impotence, greedy landlords, and the joys of a single life.” ~ The Guardian
Josh Geffin is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Dorset now based in London. Known for his inventive fingerpicking guitar style and poetic lyrics, he has been performing on the London folk scene since the mid-2000s. He has released three records including an EP of traditional folk songs entitled Rocks Of Bawn and his latest album, the instrumental work Hum and Glow.
“A fine new voice in an honourable British tradition of folk-based singer-songwriters” - **R2 **
“Simply beautiful … full of acoustic grandness” - **Maverick **
“The EP contains remarkable depth and gravity for just five tracks” - Bright Young Folk