News: Curiouser and Curiouser – The Return of Medieval Prog Rockers Gryphon (August 2016) and Radio Interview

This interview was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 31 July.  Co-founder and guitarist Graeme Taylor chats about the band and selects some of his favourite tracks – both from Gryphon and from those artists who have inspired/influenced his music over the years.

Gryphon

In 1973, the folk/rock band Gryphon were described in ‘Melody Maker’ as “The 13th Century Slade”.  Influenced by the burgeoning early music scene, inspired by the late David Munrow, the band melded folk, medieval and rock influences.

Royal College Of Music graduates Richard Harvey and Brian Gulland, together with Graeme Taylor and one-time heavy metal drummer Dave Oberle, were equally at home playing in front of giggling schoolgirls at the V&A in London as they were in massive arenas (they toured in the USA with Yes in 1974/5).

The band’s debut album in 1973 featured a mix of medieval dances and original material.  The follow-up ‘Midnight Mushrumps’ pushed them more in the direction of progressive although retaining the early instrumentation.  By the time of 1974′s ‘Red Queen To Gryphon Three’ this approach was more fully developed.

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