From the Crooked Tree
T.H.E TRIO combines Celtic harp music with jazz and experimental backing for an unforgettable, high energy fusion. All three are seasoned professional musicians, each bringing their own unique background and musical tastes into the mix. Harriet Earis has toured worldwide including 12 tours of the US with \'The Irish Variety Show\', 5 tours of Germany, 2 tours of France and concerts in Holland, Belgium and Ireland. She also performs as \'The 2 Harriets\' with accordionist Harriet Bartlett, as part of Irish band \'Siansa\', as a duo with piper Colman Connolly and as part of the Welsh trio \'Triban\'. She recently won the Open Stage Award at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow and is one of a handful of young musicians from Wales to win a place on the prestigious nationwide \'Live Music Now\' scheme. Her aim is to show a new approach to harp-playing - using the Celtic harp as a strong, lively melody instrument. Sam Christie is renowned as an incredibly sensitive and expressive drummer with a wealth of jazz experience, recently touring with free improviser Maggie Nicols as part of the band \'Dynamite Dream\'. He also presents the weekly Sunday night jazz show on Radio Ceredigion and has just produced a programme for Radio Wales on \'Improvisation\'. He has a keen interest in experimental music and electronica. Swansea-born Andy Coughlan is one of the busiest musicians in Wales, with his own studio \'Bridgerow Studios\' where T.H.E. TRIO album "From the Crooked Tree" was created. Andy started off as a London session musician where he was Gary Numan\'s bass player, performing on Top of the Pops in the 80s. He played bass on the soundtrack to \'A Fish Called Wanda\' and is bass player with \'The Amigos\' as well as other acts as diverse as Gorky\'s Zygotic Mynci, Fernhill, Martyn Joseph, Phil James, Mal Pope and Al Lewis. He played a sold-out tour of Wales with Catatonia\'s Cerys Matthews in spring 2008 and performed on the main stage at Glastonbury Festival 2008 as bassist to Shakin\' Stevens. Together T.H.E TRIO have created a totally unique blend that is innovative, fun and foot-tapping. Their first CD "From the Crooked Tree" came out in August 2007. In August 2008 they represented Wales in the Festival Interceltique in Lorient in France.