BRYONY GRIFFITH – Hover (Selwyn Music SYNMCD0009)

It’s funny how things go but there seems to something of a resurgence in English fiddle music at the moment. Hover is Bryony’s second solo album although these are in addition to her work with The Witches Of Elswick, partner Will Hampson and The Demon Barbers. Although mostly solo, Ian Stephenson adds guitar and double … Continue reading BRYONY GRIFFITH – Hover (Selwyn Music SYNMCD0009)

BRYONY GRIFFITH – Nightshade (Selwyn Music SYNMCD0008)

Bryony Griffith’s first solo album exudes a great sense of freedom. Shorn of the melodeon which gave Lady Diamond, her duo album with Will Hampson, its dynamism and with Bryony almost completely solo except for some restrained guitar from Jack Rutter who co-arranged three tracks Nightshade is light and unconstrained but sometimes quite stark. Or … Continue reading BRYONY GRIFFITH – Nightshade (Selwyn Music SYNMCD0008)

BRYONY GRIFFITH AND WILL HAMPSON – Lady Diamond (SELWYN MUSIC SYNMCD0007)

Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson have been working together for nearly twenty years, most recently in The Demon Barbers. I take this on trust since the photograph on the cover suggests that they began making music together as children. This is their recording debut as a duo. All the music on Lady Diamond is traditional … Continue reading BRYONY GRIFFITH AND WILL HAMPSON – Lady Diamond (SELWYN MUSIC SYNMCD0007)

Wanton Seed Singing Weekend

Find harmony in Sheffield this summer Do you want to sing your heart out in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside? Do you yearn to delve into some classic folk repertoire? Do you want to hone (or even find!) your vocal skills with the likes of Jackie Oates, Paul Sartin and the Askew Sisters? Soundpost’s Wanton Seed … Continue reading Wanton Seed Singing Weekend

THE DEMON BARBERS – The Lock-In (Safecracker Pictures DVD SP059)

Having witnessed the ‘Celtic’ hit Riverdance on its opening night in London in 1995 and being absolutely blown-away (as was the sold-out audience) by the effervescent amalgamation of dance techniques I wondered if there might ever be a British ‘folk’ equivalent. Well, for me that long wait has now been answered with The Demon Barbers … Continue reading THE DEMON BARBERS – The Lock-In (Safecracker Pictures DVD SP059)