Main: Folk Byways, feat. Gryphon

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Main: Folk Byways, feat. Gryphon

Today we present a programme of modern folk music from the UK, featuring the new album from Gryphon, ReInvention, their first release for 41 years — listen out for tracks just after the top of the hour.

Gryphon is the oldest and the newest thing – a legendary British band that’s as exhilarating, energetic, unpredictable and addictive now as it was when the boys last toured, in the 1970s.

At that time, no-one could pigeonhole Gryphon. When the first album came out, the band appeared on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4, all in the same week. They appeared with Yes at Madison Square Garden and Houston Astrodome, played festivals, folk clubs and cathedrals. They wrote and played the music for Sir Peter Hall’s National Theatre production of The Tempest at the Old Vic and found a unique place in the hearts of folkies, prog rock fans, Early Music aficionados and others with an ear for something fresh and different.

Now Gryphon is back, reinvented and mixing old and new material. The virtuoso musicianship and composing flair that marked the band out in the ’70s has been pushed even further, as the band members have gone their separate ways for the last three decades. You can buy the new album here.

Apart from Gryphon, we’ll be hearing fairly recent releases, plus tracks from the last 20 years or so, with the occasional traditional number thrown in alongside the likes of the Unthanks, Chumbawamba, Fourtold and others.


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