Lyrian was formed in Oxfordshire in 2006 by three wrinkled halflings. John Blake plays lead guitar, guitars and sings; Alison Felstead plays bass and sings; and Paul W. Nash plays keyboards, guitars, woodwinds, percussion and sings too. In 2009 the band was joined by legendary percussionist Edgar (Ed) Wilde. All the songs are written by Nash and Blake. The band name is derived from Lyra, the Latin lyre, with its associations with lyric poetry and music. It is also (almost) “librarian” without a bra. The members of the band have all worked as lybrarians. Their first concept album, Nightingale Hall, appeared in 2008. A single, Sick Roses was released on 1 June 2011, and Lyrian's second major recording, a double concept album entitled The Tongues of Men and Angels, was released on 1 December 2011.

The band is now working on three new albums (in a race to see which will be completed first). One will be the next concept album, provisionally entitled A Grammar of the Language of the People of the Moon; another is a more light-hearted album of tributes and parodies (cover versions and cover perversions); and the third is a tribute to Johannes Gutenberg, based on the songs Mendelssohn wrote for the celebrations of 1840. In the mean time, two new songs can be heard on MySpace, and there is a video for Lyrian's “cover” of Van Halen’s great song Tattoo now available on YouTube. The Valentine’s Day song Fabula Mirandae can be downloaded for free from Amazingtunes (you will need an Amazingtunes account (also free) to download the track).

Lyrian can be found at MySpace and ProgArchives, and have a splendid bandcamp at ProgStreaming. The band was featured in the ‘Limelight’ column of PROG magazine number 27 (July 2012), and were featured on the free CD issued with number 24 of the same organ (May 2012)