BAND & GIG REVIEWS


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Album Review (Strangely Blue)

"The lovely acoustic duo Tinlin. Mixing folk balladry with a modern complex arrangements and chord structures, their new album Strangely Blue is available now".
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Album Review (Strangely Blue)

"Strangely Blue is marvellous album in which to carry on the great work by Alex and Rolf Tinlin, one that doesn’t disappoint at all.".
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Album Review (Strangely Blue)

"‘Strangely Blue’ from Tinlin - a long, rich musical road to travel".
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Gig Review (supporting Paul Carrack)

"The evening got off to a great start with music by Tinlin, aka Alex and Rolf, two brothers who not only specialise in writing songs together but also produce honest and well-crafted folk-rock music. As well as treating the audience to original songs such as I Keep My Eyes Open, Steal and A Shadow of a Man there was also the chance to hear a new song from the boys Small-Town Blue, demonstrating their excellence as a formidable songwriting team".
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Album Review (Shade of the Shadows)

"This band are currently supporting Paul Carrack in his nationwide 2013 tour. Now i have to admit that I usually miss the opening set performed before the main attraction comes on but at St David's Hall Cardiff I broke this rule. What a smart decision. This band are everything I respect about good musicians. They write well crafted and extremely catchy folk acoustic style music and they work really hard to grab you and get you to the place they want you to go to. Some people may draw a comparison with Simon and Garfunkel -- well that's not a bad duo to be compared to! Their live set is compelling and evocative and they reproduce this atmosphere on this CD (from which their live set derives). Rolf was kind enough to talk to me about his mandolin during the concert interval - If you get a chance to see this band on the current tour then please make the effort".
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The Zombies Support (review)

"Saw this band last night at The Muni, Pontpridd supporting The Zombies (who were amazing by the way). Bought this album in the interval. Worth a listen, their tunes are quite magical, with lovely harmonies. Buy it now!!!".
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The Messenger Online

(review of the Zombies support show)
"These three young men write and perform intelligent songs full of modulation, minor keys and harmony...Tinlin were an excellent choice of support act and a pleasant surprise for an audience which would have happily sat through non-stop Zombies".
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Paul Carrack

"A special mention to Tinlin who have really impressed with their beautifully crafted songs and easy rapport with the audience.. I think they have something, they’ve got some really great songs".
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The Guardian

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows' album)
"Shade of the Shadows is an utterly charming record...Try to imagine a musical marriage of Simon & Garfunkel, Fairport Convention, Randy Newman, and John Martyn, with a dash of Gentle Giant.".
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Soul and jazz and funk.com

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"TINLIN – offering a distinctive take on harmonic balladry".
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Gear Review

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows' album)
"Still present are their tight harmonies, individual style and infectious melodies but this new album takes the Tinlin style even further. Intricate lines, meaningful lyrics and sparingly added instruments combine to make an elegant soundscape.".
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UK Folk Music

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows' album)
"I found this album a rewarding and enriching experience and I’m sure you will too.".
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Vanguard Online

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
"This is a painstakingly perfectly crafted album. The musicianship is startling – it is raw music that hasn’t been overproduced in a studio somewhere. The tracks are mesmerising and hypnotic".
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Americana UK

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
"Tinlin give us pitch perfect music that harks back to a time when Prog leaked into the mainstream".
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Artree

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
"Shade of the Shadows might sound ominous but it’s far from it; it’s beguiling, enticing, practically hypnotic and thoroughly capable of communicating the comfort and solace that their surroundings offer them. It’s an album that’s so comfortable in its own skin that it warms you to the core".
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Musicosis

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
"Put this on a stereo, turn the lights down, glass of red wine or better, a good cognac, and sit and savour the moment. This is one of those rare albums where you want to listen to every detail, every nuance. It simply really is that good. Not only that but it has been created by 3 thoroughly nice people".
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Flicker Magazine

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
"A very impressively written album, bringing together tightly written harmonies with clever structure and catchy melodies. Added in an inherent folk quality to the lyrics and vocal style, you have an album that is most unusual in today's musical climate, but intelligently written and beautifully presented".
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UK Folk Music Magazine

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
"If you gain enjoyment from listening to well crafted songs that require you to ‘think’ I couldn’t recommend this album more highly".
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Soul and Jazz and Funk

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
" 'Shade of the Shadows' is a pleasing acoustic pop set featuring the brothers' superb, instinctive harmonies ".
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Folkwords

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
" ‘Shade Of The Shadows’ - an album that will gently seduce the listener ".
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Liverpool Sound and Vision

(review of 'Shade of the Shadows')
"Tinlin may be a hidden gem for now but once word gets out on the depth of the music ability and the British pastoral and folk they incorporate into their music, then time can only be kind".
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Toontalk

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"definately a group to look out for in the future".
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Ticketmaster.com

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"Tinlin, superb act. Never heard of them before and usually I'm thinking let's get onto the main act but they were great entertainers. Good songs, great lyrics and nice harmony".
"Tinlin. Such pure voices!!! Raw and stripped back music"
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Newark Advertiser

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"Their music just keeps getting better and better. Their close harmonies excelled in Perdu, Steal and Soldier Boy, while rocking it up for Something On Your Mind and Away For The Weekend".
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UK Theatre Network

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"Opening the show with a half-hour set of their original songs was acoustic duo Tinlin. Alex and Rolf are brothers who play an array of instruments from acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards and percussion, which filled the theatre with melodic sounds and captivated the audience. Alex’s vocals had qualities of Will Young and when they sang together the harmonies reminded me of Simon and Garfunkel".
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The Argus (Brighton)

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"Tinlin opened. The two brothers, with Paul’s son Jack on percussion, gave a polished performance. They had a bigger and more varied canvas of sound than you would first expect, with pleasing harmony vocals reminiscent of Simon And Garfunkel. It ranged from some funky electric piano on the opening Red Wine State Of Mind, to neo-folk mandolin and guitar on all but one of their other songs. Worth checking out".
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South Wales Argus

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"St David’s Hall lent itself perfectly to an intimate gig, with the tone being perfectly set by young warm-up duo, Tinlin, brothers Alex and Rolf".
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Photogroupie.com

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"The great musicianship seen from Carrack and his band (featuring his son Jack on drums) along with his fantastic support act, Tinlin, was very refreshing is a era increasingly dominated by manufactured pop".
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Gear Review

(review for Live Performance)
"Their latest live CD is full of energy and enthusiasm which is captured well in this recording, bringing the band into your living room and challenging your aural senses with varied sonic textures".
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Gear Review

(review for 'Instant Pleasure' album)
"Tinlin’s harmonies emanated from my speakers; with there ever present close and rich harmonies together with simple but yet infectious melodies. It’s quite amazing how two vocals, an acoustic guitar and mandolin can fill so much sonic space, although as with interior design sometimes it’s the purposefully left space which makes the room look elegant and uncluttered".
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Gig Junkies

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"a beautiful acoustic supporting set from Tinlin, which also featured percussionist Jack Carrack who follows unshadowed in his fathers footsteps".
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Gear Review

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"Alex and Rolf’s voices mixed with Tinlin’s signature folk style mandolin, and rhythm guitar filled the room and even though it was the first time I’d heard them I found myself tapping time and enjoying their emotively charged songs and performance filled with energy".
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Memo Music Reviews

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"If you like folk you will enjoy these two brothers - they sing some great original songs, with memorable lyrics".
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Click Liverpool

(review of Paul Carrack's support show)
"Tinlin, is a band to watch. Their smooth renditions of simple folksy songs, with inventive and pleasant harmonies, and just a mandolin and a guitar, set the scene for an evening of pure gold".
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The Public Reviews

"Tinlin, two brothers, Alex and Rolf, an acoustic duo featuring an array of instruments including guitar, mandolin, keyboard and percussion. Their music contrasts between sweet, easy listening harmonies, to something a little more upbeat. I preferred their simple harmonic songs, reminding me of Kings of Convenience with harmonic influences from Nick Drake and Ben and Jason. A lovely opening to the show. Joined part way through the set by Jack Carrack on Cajon and other percussion, a much welcome addition to the texture of the musical arrangements".
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Manchester Evening News

"great work lads, a good start, middle and ending what more could anyone ask, original work that had great tones".
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TunAtheDay

"Fragile, pure, ethereal.....the vocals sound like Peter Gabriel and early Genesis records".
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Lemonrock

(review for 'Instant Pleasure' album)
"Melodic, sensitive, rich and passionate - unique and genuinely refreshing".
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The PAS Diaries

"Their haunting melodies and tight vocal harmonies had the entire audience captivated, with their onstage prescence making them seem like they were born to do this music thing we all love".
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The New Roxette

"Rolf and Alex Tinlin have created something rather marvellous...Altogether 'Junction 20' seems like a cool and interesting place to be. Check it out if at all possible".
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eFestivals.co.uk

"Tinlin simply have to be the best acoustic duo that I've seen in a very long while".
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Musician Magazine

"An acoustic songwriting partnership producing an intimate and emotional catalogue".
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Lemonrock

"Could this be a throwback to the innocent rock ballads crafted with care in the 1970s by supergroups like Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Genesis and Jethro Tull? Soft-as-honey vocals turn into a more assertive tone as the song floats on. We like the sound of innocence combined with the eerily modern sounds and whipped-until-thick Tinlin harmonies".
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Hobble on the Cobbles Festival review

"wonderful harmonies, guitar, mandolin and occasional percussion. Really cool and definitely worth catching".
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Gigphotographer.com

"Their folky/country boy style made them a band that seemed new but very familiar".
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GetReadyToRock.com

"brothers Alex and Rolf Tinlin. An unplugged set featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin and percussion, along with beautiful vocal harmonies. They cite a whole range of influences, from Bach to Zeppelin, by way of Dylan, Neil Young, and various soul artists. The end result is a very distinctive sound, with the bold harmonies to the forefront".
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Alt Sounds

"Roving strains caress or assault your eardrums like a schizophrenic lover, leading harmoniously into tuneful duets and colourful refrains".
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The Observer

"from Vivaldi to their own 21st-century songs, via Mozart, the Beatles and Crowded House. It's hugely convivial".
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Hemel Today

"Headlining band Tinlin carries a unique and well-crafted sound - a union of acoustic guitar, mandolin and percussion, intertwined with bold vocal harmonies...a repertoire of original and catchy tunes".
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Slough Express

"two very musically talented brothers".
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