Bryony Griffith is an English fiddle player and singer from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire with a rich repertoire of English dance tunes and songs.
Her career in folk music started in the acclaimed ceilidh band Bedlam in her teens and took her all over the UK festival scene. She later became musician for Dog Rose Morris, appearing on Jools Holland, and for one of the premier rapper teams, The Newcastle Kingsmen. She sang in the much-missed a cappella group The Witches of Elswick, but is best known for her role in the BBC Folk Award-winning Demon Barbers and their current touring shows ‘DBXL’ and ‘The Lock In’. In 2011 she and her husband Will Hampson released their first duo album ‘Lady Diamond’ which received 5 star reviews and award nominations, winning ‘Best Debut’ in the 2012 Spiral Earth Awards.
Bryony’s debut solo album ‘Nightshade’ was released in Summer 2014 and sees her stepping away from the comfort of a band to showcase solo fiddle tunes and songs. With only occasional accompaniment from Jack Rutter (Moore, Moss, Rutter, The Seth Lakeman Band) on guitar and herself on piano and strings, the arrangements are intimate and honest.
Traditional tune sets reveal Bryony’s passion for delving through the fiddle manuscripts of her native Yorkshire and the northern counties for uncommon, hidden gems, while her talents as a tunesmith are displayed in the sensitive wedding waltzes and vibrant rapper set.
Bryony’s distinctive vocals feature on 4 of the 11 tracks and show her ability to tackle a range of styles and subjects with a conviction that makes each tale believable.
Nightshade placed in the Top 10 Folk Treats in The Telegraph and is a runner-up in the 2014 fRoots Critics Albums of the Year.
“A solo album of great power and magnificence. She sings beautifully and knows how to kick out a song and does it brilliantly. Wow, what a great voice.” Mike Harding
“Fantastic! Such a lovely style and choice of material.” Norma Waterson