The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #71473   Message #1223070
Posted By: Helen
10-Jul-04 - 08:29 PM
Thread Name: Gryphon?
Subject: RE: Gryphon?
I knew someone who had the vinyl record so I only got to listen to it once in a blue moon, but I loved it the first time I heard it. At the time I was a poor struggling student, and I could not afford to buy it. By the time I could afford it the record was unavailable.

About ten years ago I was still going to regular music sessions and we held them at each person's house week-by-week. One night we started discussing old records. The man whose house we were at got out some of his old records and there it was - Gryphon. So I got to hear it again.

I was studying Middle English and Anglo Saxon when I first heard the record so it really struck a chord with me (musical pun intended).   There was no-one else that I knew of in the popular or folk music scene focusing on this style of music. There were Steeleye Span & Incredible String Band, of course, but Gryphon had taken the raucousness to new heights, in my opinion.

They have a Monty Python does Jabberwocky feel about their music. No romanticism and airy-fairy stuff - just raw, nitty-gritty, life-as-she-is-lived stuff. And a real hoot!

Love 'em!

Helen