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Genres You Will Love
Folk: Celtic Folk Folk: Folk-Rock Easy Listening: Mood Music Rock: Folk Rock Moods: Type: Acoustic

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UK - England - South West

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Tinkerscuss

Bryony Holden: Lead Vocals
Erin Holden: Martin 000036 custom guitar. Gibson SG. Fylde Custom Octave Mandola. Fylde Custom Mandolin. Bird Rock Dulcimer.

Tinkerscuss are the Gloucestershire based duo who play a mixture of both traditional and Celtic based music. Erin and Bryony Holden first cut their teeth on the rock and blues scene of the mid 1970’s to early 80’s playing covers of Free, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell as well as some original material. It was during this time that they discovered Pentangle, The Bothy Band, John Martyn, and Planxty. But it was Scottish musician Dick Gaughan who took them down an altogether different route, entering the world of 'Celtic' folk music and DADGAD guitar tuning. The guitar style seemed so different and the sounds were almost ‘harp’ or ‘pipe’ like, which fascinated Erin.

Bryony's rich, resonant vocals and expressive performance was always a 'crowd stopper' and in 2003 Bryony and Erin formed the Celtic duo ‘Tinkerscuss.’ The music created an atmosphere of melody and rhythmic beauty and they played across the county of Gloucestershire in folk clubs, pubs and local festivals before branching out across the country.

In 2008 after advertising for a ‘fiddle’ player to help with their album 'NINE TREES', they came across local musician Kathryn Wheeler. The three gelled so much on and off stage that Kathryn stayed with them until the summer of 2012.

In the spring of 2010 Tinkerscuss met up with folk legend Jake Walton after they recorded a version of Jakes song ‘Black Sarah’ from his 1991 CD ‘Songs from the Gurdy Man. They decided to play some summer dates together encompassing some of Jake’s older songs as well as some from his 2001 CD ‘Emain.’ By the end of the summer of 2010 and a dozen or so gigs later, Tinkerscuss and Jake Walton started recording together for Jakes new album 'Silver Muse' which was completed and released in 2014.

DISCOGRAPHY

A TANGLE OF ISLES
Produced in 2003 on their own “Fae Folk Music” label. The title is a play on the term “tangle of the isles” referring to the mixture of smells of peat, heather, machair moor and the sea .. and also the rich and diverse blend of culture and music from the scattered islands around Britain as the album included songs from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and England.

OF DARKWOODS AND BRIGHT FIRES
Followed in 2006 and still kept a “Celtic” theme blended with some traditional English songs. During 2006/7 Tinkerscuss continued to perform to folk clubs and music festivals throughout the UK.

NINE TREES
An enchanting combination of rich vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola, harp, shruti box, accordion, violin and viola. Weaving a musical path to the twilight world of dreams…

ACROSS THE PURPLE SKY
This album sees Erin and Bryony performing some of the songs that made the late, great, Sandy Denny so well known for.

STONEDANCING
A shimmering pathway between light and dark places. This magical album encompasses the the very essence of Tinkerscuss.

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