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 Post subject: Gryphon
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:04 pm 
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I heard a few tracks by this band on a compilation of folk-rock bands and was mesmerised by the playing of the woodwind player. I think it was the recorder being played but am not sure. I'm curious as to whether he is widely known and whether the band were ever successful. I must say myself that I thought they were first-rate.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:05 pm 
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Recorders, crumhorns, & bassoon. They had 4 or 5 albums, eventually getting a more folk-rock sound. Recently re-united for a live performance, and may be an album for that as well. Actually a pretty well-known group, and solid performers.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:55 am 
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I'd not looked at their home page for a while but it looks like they are taking more bookings for 2014 - http://www.gaudela.net/gryphon/.

Graeme Taylor, the guitarist, had a nasty broken leg just minutes before starting a gig with The Home Service this last Summer but that seems to have mended OK.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:57 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:53 pm 
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They've been posted earlier. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=71405&hilit=Gryphon
One of my all time favorite bands.
They really started life as a early music/folk group then morphed into what was called art rock in those days. Primarily acoustic although from the 2nd album on they had a electric bass player and a drum kit on the red queen album. Then on to synthes on the final two releases. Gulland and Harvey also played with Musica Reservata of London before forming Gryphon.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:49 am 
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I was a first-generation Gryphon enthusiast back in the early 70s and as a teenager was bowled over by Richard Harvey's recorder playing. His finger-tongue co-ordination still has the power to amaze. He later made some solo recordings, mainly playing baroque repertoire, but his main actvity, I believe, has been as a composer, including TV theme tunes and soundtracks.
The other woodwind player was Brian Gulland, on bassoon, crumhorn etc. For a short time he joined the renowned French folk-rock band Malicorne, for their Bestiare album. His current activities include the English folk group The New Scorpion Band (they've made several CDs) in which he plays low brasses and keyboards as well as bassoon, cor anglais etc.


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