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New album – Tunage



Trì (‘tree’) is a unique melding of the empathetic and energetic fiddling of Kez Watson, the bold and beautiful flute/whistle/uilleann pipe lines of David Carr, the unfettered fretted magic of Stephen Tafra’s grooves and solos on guitars, cemented by the organic and intuitive drumming/percussion of Steve Harris. This quartet of lead instrumentalists emerged out of frequent past collaborations – both in their compositional and recorded work and in less formal sessions and gigs. Their music has a backbone of Irish and Scottish traditions and world music making – focused on intricate, groove-entwined melodies whilst embracing Classical Art music roots, Balkan and Breton dance tunes, Norwegian nuances, Asturian jigs and the influence of avant garde jazz and folk improvisations.

With a sound that draws on diverse musical heritage and improvisation, Trì seek to strengthen the identity of a ‘New England’ Celtic/World music region, as unique as the rich instrumental folk traditions already established in Australia. Interweaving traditional tunes from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Andalusia with new and original compositions and contemporary arrangement – filled with idiomatic essences from the New England to musics of Eastern Europe, Appalachia, Australia and beyond; Trì speak with a unique voice, reflecting an ever-evolving sense of place and heritage while respecting tradition. 

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Kez Watson – all kinds of fiddles/viola/octave viola-cello/mandolin/tenor guitar…

Stephen Tafra – guitars/accordion/banjo and other stringed things…

David Carr – has a bad case of wind… whistles/flute/uilleann pipes….and a lot more! David has been playing wind instruments since the age of seven. Starting on recorder, he moved to clarinet, saxophone, flute and oboe. He has played many styles of music, from classical to rock, folk to jazz and a variety of world music traditions. As a collector (hoarder) of wind instruments, he has explored music from all over the world as he followed the traditions behind the instruments piling up in his home. A passion for Celtic music from a young age saw him inevitably progress from whistles to Irish flute and on to Uilleann pipes – relishing the lifelong challenge to master this beautiful instrument. David has found a challenging, fun and supportive ensemble in Trì, and, opportunity to give plenty of his lesser known instruments an airing.

Steve Harris – At an impressionable age, Steve was captured by the sound of ‘surf’ drums on the score of one of those “Beach Party” movies of the early ‘60s. Inspired, and perhaps possessed, this formative experience marked the beginning of his on-going, at-times—tempestuous relationship with drums and drumming. Learning by experiment and experience, discovery and distraction, accident and adventure, he would venture from teenage hard rock groups to the dedicated pursuit of the coolest punk; from travels in Rhythm and Blues, Funk, and Reggae, to wanderings into Latin/salsa and assorted stylistic fusions in popular music in the late 20th century.  Steve’s further adventures in music have involved continuing explorations in the widening territories of contemporary music when and where possible. In league with assorted fellow travellers, his recent excursions have included (among various others) travels in free jazz and avant-garde sound creation, music for theatre performance, innovative interpretations of classical Baroque music, wondrously bent renderings of jazz-flavoured modes, adaptations of Balinese gamelan music, and even stranger collisions between country, folk, blues and beyond, all in various combinations, often of a highly ephemeral nature. Lately, he has been working as one half of a drum-and-trumpet duo, Fathom, who range, through improvisation, to the outer edges of the duet form. Even more recently, he has joined the contemporary Celtic group, Tri, featuring fiddle, uilleann pipes/whistle/flute, banjo, accordion, guitars, drums and percussion, and performing music inspired by traditional and contemporary Celtic styles. Alongside his experience playing live, Steve has also been involved in various recording projects, the more recent of which are listed below (Music Releases)…

Music Releases

The debut album from Trì – “Tuneage” was released November 30, 2021. The original tunes – crafted for combinations of fiddle, uilleann pipes/flute/whistle, banjo/accordion/guitar and double bass – draw on inspiration from a variety of Celtic, European and Australian performance and dance music traditions. The live recordings reflect the group’s diverse approach and passion for performing traditional and contemporary repertoires from around the world. The album content identifies within the Celtic, Folk and World music genres; drawing on regional elements of musical style and language in tune form and ‘local accent’, instrument combination/ensemble arrangement and compositional technique. You will hear ‘ancient’ airs and dance tune sets, reflective of the traditional sounds of Ireland, Scotland and the Spanish celtic provinces. The fusion of idiomatic structures and essences from Eastern Europe and beyond, such as the exotic scales/modes and rhythmic grooves of the Balkans, are captured in the 7/8  and 13/8 tunes on the album. Add to this an audible exchange in Australian and Norwegian folk contexts, via a solo (dual track) improvisation and tune formation, performed on a sympathetic stringed ‘wombat-hardanger’ fiddle. With tunes from the album already earmarked/in production for film/media soundtracks, the long and unbroken traditions of folk and dance music will continue to evolve and impress with Trì’s new quartet arrangements and writing.

Get the album here:

Kez Watson –

Kez & Friends: Follow Me (2009)

Kez & Friends: Creative Practice (2013)

Stephen Tafra

Ephen Stephen: Guitarmidale

EphenStephen: Goldberg Variations

Caution Horses: ‘Call to Arms’ (2014; commissioned for the New England and North West Soundtrails Project)

Steve Harris –

Paul ‘Pax’ Andrews and Steve Harris: Cadence (2008);

Caution Horses: ‘Call to Arms’ (2014; commissioned for the New England and North West Soundtrails Project);

Rack ’n’ Ruin: Rack ’n’ Ruin (2019);

Greg Windred: Tenacity (2019);

Greg Windred’s Rackateers: Self-titled (2021);

Fathom: Delve (2021).

Tri: Live in concert

Tri: Live (recording) at Moonlight Studio, Sydney