"wonderfully evocative songs" - Vue Weekly, Edmonton
Penguin Eggs magazine: "Trevor Tchir is fascinated by the stories of our country and, like Maria Dunn, he effectively translates this interest into multi-dimensional, lyrically rich songs."WCF CD release preview by Christa O'Keefe, See Magazine, April 6, 3005: "Even when he strums alone, Tchir is surrounded by people. His lyrics are populated with characters who are both universal and intimate: poets who waitress, not-even-exes wondering why love never got a foothold, and grandparents building a nation and a place in it. In Tchir’s hands place, time and relationships become characters, too, with their own agendas and idiosyncrasies...Like Bob Dylan or James Taylor, Tchir’s velvet-and-smoke voice sounds the same indefinable age throughout all his recordings, which seamlessly weave ’70s Tapestry sounds with bluesy-country touches; his allegiance is to the time-honoured art of evoking emotion through storytelling."
4 out of
5: [Wooden Castles Fall] brings me back to a lot of the
deeper pop of the ’70s ...Tchir’s voice has about the same
structure as Billy Joel’s, though he lives in more of a Joey
Burns, Calexico space...Nice stuff. -Fish Griwkowsky,
April 9, 2005 Edmonton Journal WCF CD release preview by Sandra Sperounes (extracts): "Wooden Castles Fall [is] a rootsy folk album with gentle breezes of pedal steel, carefree bursts of harmonica, leather-worn vocals and bushels of references to Alberta...Tchir is a welcome addition to Edmonton's rich musical scene."
April 2, 2005 St. Albert Gazette WCF CD release preview by Anna Borowiecki (extracts): "Wooden Castles Fall is a singular body of work that is a testament to Tchir's personal integrity...It's anything but another off-the-shelf concoction. Instead it's a fairly sophisticated vision that reworks the stuff of everyday experiences. Most songs are singularly Albertan in character and spirit, but at the same time they are universal in perspective...He's created many prairie images and tales with poetic lyrics that are at times humoured, tender and insightful. And the instumentation is spare but evocative...There's a strong core of philosophical truth and artistic integrity at the heart of this album, the kind that could be around for generations when other popular mainstream pieces have faded into obscurity."
Magazine: Named two years running on Ottawa
University's Hotlist in Maclean's Canadian Guide to
Ottawa Xpress: 4 stars : "When Trevor Tchir put out his first album, The Way I Feel Today (1999), he had a kind of freewheelin approach a style clearly inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. At heart, this Edmonton-raised Ottawan is still a singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar, but he has taken his brand of folk music a step further. Instead of doing a bare-bones recording in his pal's home studio (the 1999 album came out of Peter Webb's Nelson Street Studio), Tchir laid down the tracks for November at Raven Street Studios, and he invited 11 other musicians to help out. The result, on impressive songs such as Elevate Achilles and Soul Sister is something even Dylan would enjoy, and Bob might just envy this singer's young vocal chords." John Lyttle
St. Albert Gazette: "With an acoustic guitar that shifts from familiar folk to haunting blues and lyrics resonating with insight, there's no doubt Trevor Tchir's second CD engages listeners from beginning to end, November is an independent release combining enchanting lyrics with deep-seeded melodies." Michelle Doblanko
The Fulcrum (University of Ottawa): "Tchir's soothing combination of guitar and mellow voice helps create the perfect atmosphere.
He is able to capture his audience by giving an intimate performance and playing great songs that are guaranteed to get any crowd going." Phil Roy
Fulcrum: "The most refreshing aspect of [Tchir's] work is
the attention he devotes to creating timeless lyrics and
haunting melodies. The result is an album that entirely
engages its listener." Noora
Nelson Street News (Ottawa): "The songs are melodic, meaningful, and timeless."