Sprig of Thyme
ABOUT THE ARTISTS: When was the last time you heard a dance melody from 14th-century Italy played next to a Bulgarian padushko? Or an old English ballad sung with the heart and soul of American blues? How about the sweet, ringing tones of a Celtic harp accompanied by the eerie drones of a hurdy-gurdy? Variety and cross-cultural pollination have been Telynor's hallmarks since John and Anna Peekstok started playing together in 1983. John was a rock drummer and keyboard player in Michigan before he moved to Seattle and took up the harp. When he met Anna, an accomplished recorder player, guitarist, and singer, they discovered a shared interest in traditional acoustic music and joined forces, choosing the Welsh word for 'harper' as their band name. The Peekstoks share stage and studio with a remarkable collection of instruments, including the hurdy-gurdy, cittern, nyckelharpa, bodhrán, fiddle, guitar, recorder, and whistle Ñ and sometimes the Celtic harp, mountain dulcimer, didjeridu, synthesizer, and electric bass. Anna's spirited vocals rise over this tapestry of sound with vigor and authority. The duo's repertoire comes primarily from the British Isles, France, and Appalachia, and ranges from truly ancient to originals composed in the vibrant styles of traditional music. Telynor's recordings have been nationally acclaimed as some of the best independently released folk music of recent years. ABOUT THIS CD: Three years in the making, the duo's newest album features their usual diverse instrument lineup, with a couple of new additions (nyckelharpa and didjeridu), plus guest appearances by William Pint (mandolin) and Felicia Dale (hurdy-gurdy), singer Tim Graffham, and cellist Nancy Wharton. EXCERPTS FROM PUBLISHED REVIEWS: 'This duo from the Pacific Northwest always create beautiful and interesting arrangements of traditional music, and this new CD is their best work yet...TelynorÕs palette of instruments is one of the most interesting on the traditional music scene, including citterns and mandolins, fiddles, hurdy-gurdies and nyckelharpas, guitars and recorders...this album makes me think of the original Pentangle. From me, thatÕs quite a compliment.' ÑSteve Winick, Dirty Linen '(Anna) is a sure-voiced singer with a straightforward but distinctive styleÉHer use of (the hurdy-gurdy) is really innovative in the tortuous, bluesy tones she coaxes out on her accompaniment of The Bad Girl ...they donÕt ever sound as though they are copying, or strongly influenced by, anybody else.' ÑVic Smith, Folk Roots 'Éeven their original works have that 'from the distant past' flavor...GOOD STUFF!' ÑKeith Swingruber, The Celtic Chronicles 'This versatile folk duo never gets stuck in the same place twice...AnnaÕs voice is maturing into lovely work...Highly enjoyable, well executed collection. Good liner notes and lyrics included.' ÑChris Lunn, Victory Music Review.