music and song from Britain
with squeezeboxes, guitars and flute
Listen to an MP3 of Brian and Gordon "High Barbary"
Brian and Gordon's repertoire
draws heavily on the traditional music of Britain, from emotive songs to dazzling
instrumentals, but also includes strong original material and radical covers
from Dylan to the Rolling Stones. In addition to their solo careers they have
been members of bands from hot Celtic outfit Dab Hand, with whom Gordon worked
for several years, to the Lost Nation Band, in which Brian played American old-time
Sara Grey; they've also been in blues and rock groups, and currently work with dance bands Magnetic North and Band Of The Rising Sun. This broad musical background gives a modern edge to their settings of folk material;
several critics have commented on their blend of attacking boldness and respect for the tradition.
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. Their duo CDs, "Clear The Road" and "The Moving Moon", gained consistently excellent reviews.
"They shake the shackles of the English tradition with a full-blooded acoustic attack... dynamism and robust delivery... bravado and gall.... anedge 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" Folk Roots (UK)
"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 (UK)
"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" English Dance and Song (UK)
"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 (UK)