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Gryphon live review - Talking Heads, Southampton

Live Review

Venue: Talking Heads, Southampton

The recently-reformed Gryphon head back on the road

“This piece was recorded at the start of ’71. That’s 1871!” jokes Brian Gulland as he announces Kemp’s Jig, referencing the decades since Gryphon’s self-titled debut album. The piece actually dates back to the 1500s – their oft-mentioned title of ‘Prog Medievalists’ is something of a misnomer – and demonstrates the band’s special way of reanimating the past, using the structures of traditional folk songs and renaissance compositions as a jumping off point.

After reforming for a one-off concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2009 and playing some live dates in 2015, the group now have a new agent and are stepping up their activities. While founder member Richard Harvey has left the band, he’s been replaced by Keith Thompson, another gifted winds player.

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