The Goose first saw Cath and Phil Tyler a couple of years back, in the very same room Upstairs At The Old Nun’s Head where we used to have our club nights, and were blown away by them. This was in the days of the late lamented Kit & Cutter (where are you now, Kit & Cutter??)
We tried to book Cath and Phil for the Goose immediately, but at the time they weren’t able to travel easily due to family commitments. Now they are, and to say that we looked forward to that first evening would be an understatement! And we certainly weren’t disappointed!
Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia’s Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years.
Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle.
Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’, their music being ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition’.
“Folk moves into a new era with Cath and Phil. Their combination of earthiness and grit, raw yet heartfelt and beautiful singing and immaculate playing makes this one of the most exciting and most moving albums I’ve heard in a long while.” – Fiona Talkington, ‘Late Junction’, BBC Radio 3
“One of the most satisfying – and satisfyingly authentic – records of American traditional music to come out of this country in recent years. Timelessly primitive and powerfully compelling, it gets through to you so much so that the entire disc demands immediate repeated play.” – David Kidman, FRoots
“There’s an earthiness and grittiness and a reality about this that I find personally incredibly appealing, the simplicity of the music is absolutely stunning.” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Dumb Supper is one of those rare modern folk albums that will find a home in both the longstanding ‘traditional’ music community and among those attracted to the form’s more experimental and lo-fi possibilities….It’s a weird looking-glass effect many folk fans will be familiar with: the straighter you play it, the stranger it gets…Shirley Collins always understood this and so do Cath & Phil Tyler.” – Frances Morgan, Plan B Magazine
“Absolutely great music, it’s raw and uncompromising but I think it gets right to the heart of the story” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2