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Music, Progressive,

Gryphon (Plus Special Guests)

Friday 13th April 2018 - Starts 8pm

TICKET PRICE: £18 seated, £16 standing


Gryphon may not be one of the better known of the British progressive bands, but they are surely one of the most unique and interesting. The five albums they produced between 1973 and 1977 show their evolution from an all-acoustic medieval music quartet to a progressive pop band. Richard Harvey and Brian Gulland, both alumni of the Royal Academy Of Music, built Gryphon around their interest in ancient classical and folk music.

Harvey, a true virtuoso on the recorder, also played keyboards and other instruments, while Gulland played crumhorn and its modern cousin, the bassoon. After several years touring and recording, Gryphon originally split up in 1977. But now they are back. Revitalised and reinvented, the virtuoso musicianship and songwriting flair that marked them out in the 70s has been pushed even further. Different, surprising, exciting.

Gryphon are all these things. And with new songs as well as old being performed, their return to form is nothing short of astounding.

Gryphon will be supported by Newhaven-based Dandelion Charm, who combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics.

“Dandelion Charm’s strength lies in making fist-pumping anthems in a minor-key.” – Prog Magazine

The group sprang to life in 2015 as the brainchild of John and Clare Fowler. Performing as both a duo and with a full band, they have been memorably described as “like Fleetwood Mac without the drama.” The drama, of course, is to be found in the songs themselves.