on 28 April 2000
This is great stuff if you like folk mixed in with influences from many other types of music. I've heard Tarras mentioned in the same sentence as Gomez, and certainly every time I play one particular track (So Tired) to my friends, they think it is Gomez. However Tarras have a rich and varied style which is extremely refreshing. Went to a gig in London, almost by accident having never heard of Tarras, bought the CD Rising at the gig and haven't stopped playing it since. It gets better and better!
on 14 January 2000
Driving guitar and bass on afro-latin rythms - this is something different - hear it!
Av. age 21, Tarras rises from the Scottish/English Borders and Geordie culture with something new and fresh. Exciting original use of bass, brilliant musicianship all round, powerful and moving harmonies.
Celtic roots yes, nationalistic no - this band is about living on the borders, mixing cultures and traditions. Try it - you'll be impressed whether you like Kate Rusby or The Corrs, Liza Carthy or Van Morrison.
on 14 September 2005
I first heard Tarras during an excellent live performance about a year before the release of Rising, and I was immediately struck by their brilliant technical and musical ability. They obviously really enjoy what they do, and the flow of ideas between them is a thrill to watch. They are all fine musicians, and they have a surprising deep understanding of traditional music, given their tender age.
Rising features a varied selection of traditional and original compositions, all played in Tarras' distinctive style. The band's own material is of a high standard, well arranged and melodic - "So Tired" is a brilliantly constructed piece, that rolls relentlessly, driven by superb bass from Joss Clapp, who also provides vocals on this track. Violinist Emma Hancock is a tremendous player, and her classical training is evident throughout, particularly on the traditional "Parson's Green" and another of their own, "The Happy Salmon", which also features the versatile Joss Clapp on mandolin. Jon Redfern is a guitarist with strong technique, and a ton of feel, who plays especially well on "Magpie's Revenge" and the wonderful closing track "The Long Road Home", which is one of the finest examples of "leave them wanting more" I have ever heard. Rob Armstrong, on Cittern is also great, and Ben Murray plays a mean accordian, as well as being a vocal mainstay of the group, singing with great sensitivity on the title track.
This is a fantastic debut effort, a sure sign of great things to come - the band bring a contemporary twist to the music, without compromising it's basic nature, and their musical maturity is amazing. For fans of traditional music, this will be a real and worthwhile change. For those unsure about folk music, buy this to hear it at it's best.
on 8 November 1999
I think this might have been the best investment of the year! Rising shows off the talent and raw energy that this young band posses. Featuring Young Musician of the Year, Emma Hancock, the CD takes you on a journey through Tarras's various musical influences. From athemic Whiskey Town and Rising to energetic 'Men Should Wear Their Long Hair Down' and traditional 'My Love Is A Fair Lad', I can promise, you will not be disappointed with Rising.
on 2 January 2004
I saw this band at the cambridge folk festival, i was there to see robert plant and i cant say i was a huge folk fan before i saw this group play. The songs in this cd are energetic and fast paced, each musician adds a dimension to the song to the point where you here something new in a song of theirs no matter how many times you listen to it. Most songs on this cd are without lyrics but it doesnt make a difference, the instrumentation is very full with a mix of 12 string guitar, fiddle, accordian and bass guitar. These musicians are young, talented and are the furture of folk!
on 4 October 2011
After more than ten years this album still remains wholly innovative, fresh, energetic and a pure joy to the ears. You are being treated to a subtle fusion of Gaelic, British Folk, the Blues and the Classical, to name but a few of the supremely integrated genres represented, that combine with pure artisanship to deliver the unique and original sound of Tarras.
This album is a keeper - I have just bought another copy for the car.
Tarras have now reformed, a new album, Warn the Waters, is due for general release in February 2012 although a limited pressing is available at live gigs in the UK, where you can hear material from the past and the present delivered with equal fervour, depth and quality.