It is almost impossible to pigeonhole the legendary and unpredictable Gryphon, recently reformed nearly forty years after a very successful spell throughout the 1970s, which included extensive touring in the States and Europe with Yes, Steeleye Span and Mahavishnu Orchestra. They even appeared on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4, all in the same week!
Gryphon stunned their faithful following four decades later in 2018 when they released their sixth studio album, ReInvention, to huge acclaim. Anyone who thought this was an isolated flash of brilliance now has another think coming as they announce a further brand new release which proves to be every bit as unfathomably innovative and exciting. Continuing to display fine humour, it defies repetition in favour of seemingly constant streams of reinvention, perhaps even surpassing its predecessor in its richness.
Original members Graeme Taylor, Brian Gulland and Dave Oberlé are joined by the extraordinarily virtuosic Andy Findon on clarinets, saxes and flutes, plus two new members: the experienced and versatile Rob Levy on bass guitar and the amazingly talented Clare Taylor on violin and keyboards. All three new members have contributed compositions to Get Out Of My Father’s Car and the range of styles is unprecedented.
Yes, Gryphon is the antidote to genres. Whatever you expect, you’ll get something different!
Gryphon is proud of its diverse appeal, enjoying a global fan base, and a wide range of audiences – progressive, folk, rock as well as classical and early music lovers.
Oh, and if you’re wondering where the title for the new album sprang from… well, you’ll just have to get hold of the album and it will all become clear!
Rescheduled from Friday 5 May 2023.
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Derby Hall @ The Met
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“As plague ravages the planet, we should be thankful that such musical wit, dexterity, and originality is here to shine a light on our days of isolation.”SHINDIG MAGAZINE
“Gryphon pay no attention to what's happening in the real world. They live in their own bubble and in doing so have created irresistible music which will appeal to those who have a hankering for more innocent times. Yet, this isn't simplistic escapism. A lot of thought and effort has gone into creating a sublime experience. These six musicians have drawn from an extensive repertoire of instrumentation to craft something which can stand alongside “Midnight Mushrumps” or “Red Queen To Gryphon Three” as classy examples of the Gryphon art.”PROG MAGAZINE
“A great time capsule of unique quality! Very seldom that something like this works – too often the result is a sad repetition of what was once innovative – well Gryphon has always been a true exception.”Lord Litter Radio, Germany