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3.51 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Llosgi Yn Fflam (Burn Crooked Flame)(4:02)
2. Harri'r VIII (Henry VIII) (4:35)
3. Boed Fy Nghalon (3:51)
4. Niwl a Than (Foggy Dew) (3:37)
5. Lisa Lan (4:33)
6. Y Gelynen (2:36)
7. Gweld y Gwir (See the Truth) (4:44)
8. O Ferch y Ffair (The Fair Girl) (4:27)
9. Y Capten Newydd (5:25)
10. Mynwent Eglwys (Churchyard) (3:54)

Total Time: 41:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Arfon Wyn ab Eurig / acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
- Einion Williams / bodhran, congas, bongos
- Emyr Afan / 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar, vocals
- Sioned Webb / mandolin, flutes, whistles, synthesizer, backing vocals
- Gethyn Evans / bass

Releases information

LP Guerrsen GUERSS033
CD Guerrsen GUESS CD 011

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PERERIN Tirion Dir ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars

Pererin's 3rd and final LP release (a subsequent cassette-only issue has now been released in CVD format) is the first that suffers from its use of a language that few on this site would know. While on the first two albums, the vocals stood on their own as part of the overall progressive folk sound, on "Tirion Dir" the music is not so diverse and inventive. While the sound is still distinctly Pererin, much of the material is more straightforward, with less variation within and between choruses. It is generally less energetic, and a knowledge of the meanings of the lyrics might add a critical dimension to one's appreciation.

To pick one highlight, it would be the brilliant "Y Capten Newydd", in the mold of the closers on the 2 previous efforts, but this time being the penultimate song. The whistles and scorching lead guitars make this one really special. Other than that, a couple of most notable tracks tend to be the traditional ones, in particular a rocking arrangement of "The Foggy Dew" that leaves all others far behind, and the perky "Y Gelynen", which is one of the tracks to benefit from Sioned Web and her mandolin, along with "Harri'r VIII".

And what of the women of Pererin, or perhaps more accurately, about the way in which the men of Pererin treat them? How else could one explain how they went through three different female members in 3 albums? But seriously, the cross-gendered vocal stylings are here again to enjoy, and augment the overall pleasure quotient of songs like "O Ferch y Ffair". It's just the comparative monotony and dispensability of "Llosgi yn Fflam", "Bhoed fy Nghalon", "Lisa Lin" , and "Mynwent Eglwys" that hurts in light of two successive masterworks that preceded "Tirion Dir" with 20 essential tracks out of 20.

So it is "Tirion Dir" that reduces Pererin to mere mortals, or at least more conventional folkies about half the time, but they retain enough of a progressive spirit to keep their reputation intact and their absence a palpable loss for this reviewer.

Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Believe that you can go home again

The wonderful cover photo of this album says plenty: an appreciation for the traditional and a lament for the loss of such places and lifestyles. There are places in my own experience that could mimic the photo, places that are now yet another soulless condo or Starbucks shop. The simple and wholesome replaced by the sleek and shallow for better or worse depending on your viewpoint of 21st century "progress." A music review is no place for the rant/manifesto I could write about my lament for the direction of our planet-and yet Pererin is the perfect soundtrack for both stoking the anger of collective loss and then soothing it.

Pererin is a contemporary electric folk group presenting traditional songs in their unique musical style. Wherever they sing they aim to present musical pictures of their part of Cymru (Wales.) That is also the link between all of these songs on this record they all relate, in different ways, to Anglesey-The Tender Land (Tirion Dir.) [from CD booklet]

Indeed the songs again succeed very well at appealing to folkies who appreciate a little bit extra; flute, keyboards, electric guitar or mandolin perhaps. The acoustic guitar and male vocal are the base of most tracks. On top of that they will add mellotron, hand drums, and flute most often. (They dispatch with the full kit drumming on this third release). Occasionally there are female vocals for harmonies. Last is the addition of the excellent, fluid, yet restrained electric leads that lend great emotion to all three Pererin albums. This album does tend to be the most purely folk and traditionally centered of the three and like the second album lacks the total magic of the debut. And yet it still features moments so beautiful they can literally transport you to another time, another culture, and give you feelings of great peace. Not bad value for the price of a CD. I think I actually like this one just a bit more than the second album because it does seem the most influenced by the region and the least contemporary which I give points for in a band of this nature.

Again I would recommend strongly that those new to Pererin start with the incredibly moving debut album, and move on to the latter two if you love the first one. From that point, if you want the more contemporary folk-rock sound with drums, get the 2nd album. If you want the more acoustic, old-fashioned sound without drums, get the 3rd. The tasteful but short 8 page booklet again features lovely drawings that impart the mood and history of the music. Pererin is a very special folk music experience that I hope many of you will take a chance on. It is like going home. Not to the place you live currently, but to that image in your mind of a home in the country that perhaps an old grandparent once owned. A place where you'll dust off your clothes after a hard day's labor, walk in and poor an ale and sit down in front of a cell phone.just simple nurturing music. Musical comfort food. Wonderful.

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