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.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

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