TEYR & The Twisted Twenty – Gales & Tall Tales Tour 2018 -Tommie Roff on Accordion – Folk meets Baroque

TEYR and The Twisted Twenty

TEYR & The Twisted Twenty – Gales & Tall Tales Tour 2018  

TEYR and The Twisted Twenty join forces for a spellbinding double bill full of tales, melodies and musical journeys. Their tour takes them across the south of the UK, stopping off at in Abergavenny, Somerset, West Cornwall and London next week. The concerts are a rare opportunity for collaboration between bands exploring two radically different perspectives on British folk 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. Through a mutual love of reworking folk music TEYR came to play with baroque-folk ensemble The Twisted Twenty. The latter are known for their interpretation of early folk music from the 18th century and before. Using original period instruments they blur the lines between what we consider folk and classical, creating new sounds and meaning for British music.

This summer they are thrilled to collaborate to bring you the Gales and Tall Tales Tour 2018. Come explore new and old ley lines through traditional musics.

TEYR – www.teyr.co.uk

RnR MAGAZINE ★★★★★ “There are countless bands following a similar path of British acoustic music, but now and again one stands out – TEYR is such a band.”


The Twisted Twenty – www.thetwistedtwenty.com
“A hot toddy for the and a summer’s day for the mind.” The Living Tradition “Exhilarating”


Tour Dates 
Abergavenny – The Artshop + Chapel – 10th July
Somerset – Timsbury Parish Church – 11th July
Penzance – The Acorn – 12th July
London – Heath St Baptist Church – 13th July

Full details and tickets: http://www.teyr.co.uk/p/live.html

A busy summer for accordionist Karen Tweed

Karen Tweed

The wonderful Karen Tweed must be one of the busiest accordionists in the UK.  She is ever-popular with her music drawing inspiration from World Music particularly from Scandinavia and Ireland.  Her CDs always feature collaborations with fabulous musicians.  You will find many of them in our CD section on this site. She’s also always busy teaching at workshops all over the UK.  Catch her at a venue near you this summer:


Wed 15th July : Karen Tweed teaching in Droitwich.

Thurs 16th July : Karen Tweed teaching in Droitwich.

see www.learningaccordion.com for details

Fri 17th July – Sun 19th July : Karen Tweed at Paddy and Anne Molloy weekend, playing with The Headers (Sat evening) Birmingham and teaching.
0121 772 7780

Thurs 23rd July : CRUTHU LONGFORD (Arts Festival), Ireland until Sun 26th July. Karen Tweed playing, talking and exhibiting!


Sun 9th August : Karen Tweed & Thomas McElvogue playing as part of Moya Brennan and Tim Jarvis’ Family Band evening at Leo’s Tavern, Donegal.

Tues 11th August : Mark Hickman & Karen Tweed : ‘Reels, Airs and Songs from the Heart’
Pier Street Playhouse 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Tickets : http://ventnorexchange.co.uk/vfringe

A gentle trip looking out towards the musical horizons inspired by a life around Priory Bay, Isle of Wight. . . in the words and music of Mark Hickman (songsmith, musician, composer & luthier from St Helens, IOW) and Karen Tweed –
accordionist and composer now based in Roscommon, Ireland).

‘So rarely do we meet living composers writing about the life they are living. These are not just brilliant musicians, re-telling beautiful stories, music is who they are,’ Shirley MacNamara

Wed 12th August : Karen Tweed & The Dustbin Corner Ceilidh Band :   Sailors and Shipwrecks Fancy Dress Ceilidh
Pier Street Playhouse 3.30pm – 5pm
Tickets : under 6 years : £3; over 16s : £5; family ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16s – none of whom need be related) : £10

A gentle (no experience necessary) barn dance – fancy dress optional (prizes for under 8 years, under 16 years and over 16s). Music by Karen Tweed (accordion), Mark Hickman (guitar and voice), Lorna Brownswood (flute) and caller Ian Watterson. Fancy dress optional on the theme of Shipwrecks and Sailors. . . you can come as the Mary Rose, a crab or a lobster pot or pirate, for example. . .

‘This band is a barrel of fun and frolics – get to see them or even better, book ’em!’
Shirley MacNamara

Fri 14th August – Sun 16th August : KarenTweed solo concert at Gandara Festival, Portugal
Sun 16th August – Mon 17th August : KarenTweed/Thomas / Dad at the Fleadh, Sligo.
.(Sunday Afternoon) : Bunch of Keys Book Launch.