Tenonsaw are an Irish/Swedish duo, based in Fermoy, Ireland. They create music that seeks to find the balance between clarity and confusion, and between ugliness and beauty. Their music has been described as Electro-folk, and Tenonsaw work on refining their sound through the rigorous filter of self-recording in their home studio.
Tenonsaw met in 2006 by chance on a street in Cork City, and started making music together straight away. They spent several years reconciling their different ideas into a complete and unique sound. The demos they recorded during these early years may be heard on “Beginnings”, a 16 song album released to clear the boards for their future recordings.
Thomas Luke Anchell is from Clonmel in County Tipperary. He was taught classical piano at an early age, but lost interest in the lessons only to rediscover his love of music in his twenties. Inspired to write songs by a traumatic break-up, he taught himself guitar, bass and computer recording techniques before becoming a founder member of the brief-burning Glam/Punk Cork band The Refuseniks, and then later meeting Salt.
Salt Odelund is from Stockholm in Sweden, and comes from a very musical family. She is a classically trained choral singer, but her real love is old Swedish folk songs. She had taught herself guitar and piano to accompany her singing, and was in Cork studying English for 3 months when she met Tom, and decided to stay in Ireland.
Tenonsaw have recently returned from sabatical, which was made neccessary by Salt having major surgery. All is now well and Tenonsaw are filled again with the fire of creation. New songs are being written, new recordings begun, and new plans for the New Year will be announced soon.
“Now something stirs in me (it’s coming, it’s coming!)…..”