Inner Asian Music


English Trad meets Tuvan Roots

A Gay Goshawk came to my window sill, The snow it fell fast and the stars stood still …


An Experimental Collaboration

Goshawk seeds were first sown when Carole recorded ‘The Gay Goshawk’ with Mr Fox. It’s reincarnation sprang from her 10-year friendship with Tuvan throat-singer and master musician Radik Tülüsh (Tyulyush). They met in Tuva’s capital Kyzyl, when Radik was directing the National Folk Orchestra and Carole was researching into Tuvan music. He’d toured internationally for 5 years with the ethno-rock band Yat-kha and had not yet joined Huun-Huur-Tu. Travelling together in remote areas of Tuva, they crossed snow-capped mountains and steep valleys, with virgin forests and pure waters, where Carole recorded Radik performing musical offerings to the ‘lords’ of the land, wind and water. Those recordings became his first solo album Tuva: Spirits of My Land.

Goshawk began to grow when Radik toured the UK to promote that album and Carole lived for long periods in Tuva. He tuned in to her drone-based southern English village fiddling style – learned from Bampton fiddler ‘Jinky’ Wells, Gloucestershire fiddler Stephen Baldwin and Norfolk singer Harry Com – and she to the spectral harmonics of Tuvan throat-singing and instruments. They finally hatched their plan during a long flight from southern Siberia to Moscow. In 2013, when Carole received Arts Council funding to develop her music, they experimented, played their first gigs, and recorded the Goshawk album. This album enntwines Carole’s brooding supernatural tales and mystical imagery– inspired by English and Tuvan folklore – and her Suffolk collected folksongs and hoarse English traditional fiddling with the guttural growls and etherial harmonics of Tuvan throat-singing and fiddles.

‘Goshawk’, WOMEX Music Expo, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 2013

Known for its wisdom and powers of transformation, &
Flying in wooded areas of both England & Tuva

Embodies the Spirit of their Project


Carole Pegg (ex Mr Fox): Singer-songwriter, English traditional fiddle, jaw's harp, guitar.

Tyulyush (ex Yat-kha, now Huun-Huur-Tu): Tuvan master musician, singer and throat-singer, Tuvan 2- and 4-string fiddles (igil, byzaanchy), lute (doshpuluur), end-blown pipe (shoor) and jaw's harp (khomys).

Richard Partridge (The Lairds Barn Dance Band, Monroe's Revenge): Viola, double bass and ukulele.


11th   Cambridge Folk Club, Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1SP. Goshawk Project Concert. Door: 7.30 pm

18th   Musicport World Music Festival, The Pavilion, Whitby. Radik Tülüsh, concert; Radik & Carole, 2 workshops.

20th   Bloomsbury Festival (SOAS stage), Russell Square, London, 12 noon. Goshawk Project, Concert.

22nd   The Nest Collective, Manero's Bar, 232 Kingsland Road, London. Goshawk Project Concert. Door: 7.30 pm

25th   WOMEX World Music Expo, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. 2.00 pm. Radik Tülüsh Showcase Concert, Carole Pegg Presentation.


IAM tours include concerts at festivals, as well as in concert halls, universities, arts centres, museums, folk clubs and churches.

We began with Khyrkhaas: Songs of Our Elders, bringing for the first time to the UK musicians from Khakassia, a land of shamans and ancient burial mounds in the golden Sayan-Altaian mountain ring in southern Siberia.

This was followed by Tyva: Spirits of My Land which gave the master throat-singer and wild igil fiddle player Radik Tülüsh - well-known from Yat-kha and Huun-Huur-Tu – his first chance to show his stature as a solo performer and skill as a teacher.

Then came Throat-singers of the Sacred Altai, in which the group AltaiKAI evoked the sounds and spiritual traditions of the rugged Altai mountains of southern Siberia. The group was led by Urmat Yntaev (founder, artistic director, throat-singer) and also included Amyr Akchin (throat-singer, epics, ikili fiddle, bayan accordion), Sarymai Urchimaev (throat-singer, vocals, sound imitation, khomus jaw's harp, shoor end-blown flute, topshur lute), and Solunai Sapysheva (shoor end-blown flute, tungur shamanic drum, khomus jaw's harp). They were enthusiastically received in concerts and workshops at the Royal Opera House and WOMAD, the University of Cambridge and Arts Centres in England and Wales.

Radik AltaiKAI, Royal Opera House, London



We also offer the rare chance to learn throat-singing and to play Inner Asian instruments from the musicians themselves!

Radik Urmat Yntaev (AltaiKAI), WOMAD World Music Festival, Charlton Park

They are keen to demonstrate and teach these skills individually or through small group participation.

Radik Tülüsh and Carole Pegg with students at The River and Rowing Museum, Henley

Carole Pegg uses her own Inner Asian videos, and slides to bring to life the music and landscape of the region.

Carole also lends a hand with the teaching

We usually hold workshops during the afternoon prior to a concert in the same venue. We have also taught school parties (e.g. in Henley Museum). Workshops have also been held in universities, churches, theatres, museums, schools and arts centres.



Seminars and Lectures

Dr Carole Pegg has lectured and led seminars extensively in the UK (e.g. University of Cambridge), Europe (e.g. France, Germany, Switzerland), the USA, and Asia (e.g. Hong Kong, Mongolia). Carole's talks are illustrated with her own unique videos, slides and musical recordings. Resident in Cambridge, she is available throughout the year.


As a specialist in the arts and culture of Inner Asia with in-depth practical experience in the republics of Tuva, Khakassia and Altai (Russian Federation), Mongolia, and Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang (China), Carole Pegg has acted as consultant for:

  • media projects e.g CDs, Discovery channel film music, and the BBC (Ray Mears in Mongolia)
  • business projects e.g. travel companies and
  • the immigration services.