And now for something a little different, for it was time to take a break from the plethora of rock and metal shows and simmer down with some good old-fashioned folk music brought to us by TEYR, who were stopping by The Hug & Pint in Glasgow for yet another night of their ongoing nationwide tour in support of their new album – Far From The Tree.
Starting off the night was local artist Chrissy Barnacle, fresh off her nomination for 2016 SAMA Best Acoustic Act. We had seen her a couple of months prior alongside Hardcore Boys, but now we were finally getting to see her solo, and it has to be said that she was stunning.
Excellent finger picking and poignant vocals with a lot of punctuation behind them, in addition to gripping lyrics and boasting a very charming personality. There was such a magnetic quality about her that had ourselves and the rest of the constantly growing audience hooked from start to finish. It proved to be no surprise whatsoever as to why she is getting nominated for prestigious awards.
Dante from Edinburgh were next, who we were not familiar with at all, but as always we were eager to discover something new, and they thoroughly impressed with a variety of grand alternative folk tracks such as Ghost, The Boy And The Telephone and Son; all of which featured a mix of fervent ensemble harmonies, great guitar work and exciting rhythms.
Dante earned themselves a new fan, and in return they offered us a valuable lesson – don’t go to Specsavers in Perth. Contrary to popular belief, they do not sell anti-glare glasses.
And last but not least was TEYR themselves, and the London trio proved to be magnificent as they retained the undivided attention of the crowd for over an hour. There was a real sense of awe in the room, particularly during the quieter numbers where an eerie ambience lingered in the air.
Dominic, Tommie and James all displayed superb skill on their respective instruments through all the tunes, with stand outs inclduing False Lady, Nothing Grows, the fiercely catchy Shady Grove and the goosebump-inducing Banks Of Newfoundland.
Despite a pile on of persisting technical issues, including an emergency restringing thanks to one courteous individual, it did not matter in the slightest as everyone clearly enjoyed the set, including ourselves. For certain, one of the best folk acts we have ever had the pleasure of seeing.
Let’s hope their first trip to Glasgow will not be the last.