The sounds of fiddle and viola, cittern and English concertina, and accordion and hurdy gurdy have rarely sounded better, nor as much fun, as they do here – a testament to the talents of the trio and a confident and welcome signifier that English folk music is in very safe hands.
Tarren’s music feels traditional, but also fresh and original. It’s joyful, but with deep sensitivity. For me, Revel is an album that reveals itself slowly. Such is the quality of the musicianship and the complexity of the arrangements, that I noticed something new with each listening. My first thought was that this is primarily for established folk enthusiasts, but I found a freshness that deserves to have wider appeal.