Innocence and experience
THIS was a real treat of a concert featuring the youthful vigour and ebullience of Tyde and Haddo, the more ascetic Gordon Tyrrall and the almost bizarre otherness of Hérétique.
Tyde, usually performing as a trio, were beefed up with electric double bass and bodhran and it certainly added some momentum to their high energy reels and morris dance tunes.
Looking even younger, man and wife Will and Nicky Pound, otherwise known as Haddo, kicked their set off with the rousing local tune Upton on -Severn Stick Dance. With most of their set requiring Will to provide expert melodeon backing to Nicky's virtuoso fiddle he only had one chance to demonstrate the astonishing harmonica playing that led to him joining Sir Paul McCartney and Paloma Faith on the Hillsborough charity single.
Gordon Tyrrall has been around the folk scene for much longer, starting his career in the folk clubs of 1970s Leeds. His lean guitar arrangements and matching voice suit his choice of songs perfectly, exemplified in the melancholy Boney's Lamentation.Later, tunes were given the unique Hérétique treatment producing a barrage of French medieval music so dense that it could have been emanating from a fortress dungeon. Eric Worrall