‘Stories Sung, Truths Told’ by Tir Eolas - perceptive and sensitive invention(February 16, 2015)
Blending the eternally deep-reaching and ever-spreading roots of Celtic and English folk music, Tir Eolas have created a distinctive, innovative style that, while remaining all their own, draws its strength of narrative and melody from deep within their combined tradition. Overlay that essence of heritage with a confident desire to develop interpretations into expansive music adventures and you have their debut album ‘Stories Sung, Truths Told’.
The spread of this album runs through traditional arrangements and self-penned originals, there’s even a ‘borrow’ from Robert Burns. Within their work the influence of tradition is always in evidence, however the composing talents of Laura Snowden, Ruairi Glasheen and Philippa Mercer enable the band to both examine and originate. Take note however, this journey is not one of wild explorative extravagance, more accurately its perceptive and sensitive invention.
From the moment ‘Stories Sung, Truths Told’ opens with Ruairi Glasheen’s softly ethereal and sensuously attractive ‘The Call’ before moving into the desperate tale of‘Morven Larry’ from Laura Snowden, that’s enough to call you into the rest of this enchanting album. The instrumental skills are polished, the five-part harmonies breath-taking and the feeling of intense involvement sweeping. The title track ‘Stories Sung, Truths Told’ offers a fascinating vocal warmth, the evocative tale ‘Your Time Will Come’ holds a melodious darkness with its ominous dramatic vocal, while their version of ‘She Moved Through The Fair’ is suffused with unprecedented depth. And for good measure there’s also an intriguing instrumental voyage through ‘Sweet Bulgarity/ Waters of Whitby/ Delicious 24’.
The mood is gentle, the style eclectic, the result entrancing and‘Stories Sung, Truths Told’ should join your collection.
Tir Eolas are Philippa Mercer (vocals, flutes, whistle) Laura Snowden (guitar, vocals) Ruairi Glasheen (percussion, drums, glockenspiel, vocals) Georgie Harris (viola, vocals) and Hedi Pinkerfeld (bass, vocals).
You will find ‘Stories Sung, Truths Told’ and Tir Eolas here: www.tireolas.co.uk
Reviewer: Tim Carroll