Nightshade Reviews

fRoots Review

1st January, 2015

The Demon Barbers’ demon fiddler returns to the recording front (after 2011’s Lady Diamond duo venture with husband Will Hampson) with a true solo album indelibly stamped with her feisty presence. Bryony only departs from the solo performance mode on three tracks where she engages guitarist Jack Rutter as accompanist Read More

Maverick Review

1st January, 2015

Exceptionally talented fiddler’s debut solo release Fiddle music isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure, but even the most hardened sceptic can’t fail to be moved by some of the tracks on NIGHTSHADE, the debut solo release by renowned Yorkshire fiddle player Bryony Griffith. I can’t profess to be an expert Read More

R2 Review

29th December, 2014

Nightshade ***** I’ll confess that I approached this album without the slightest hint of impartiality, as I rate Bryony Griffith as one of the outstanding singers of the current crop. She shone in The Witches Of Elswick, is a key component of the mighty Demon Barbers’ sound, and Lady Diamond, Read More

Tykes News Review

29th December, 2014

‘Nightshade* Bryony Griffith Surprisingly for someone with such a long recording career, this is Bryony’s solo debut. It is a very conscious departure from her previous releases. Previously the focus has been on vocals (Witches), accompaniment (duo al­bum with) or simply rock­ing (Demon Barbers). Here the emphasis is most definitely Read More

Songlines review

29th December, 2014

Demon fiddler cuts it all back This is one of the most spare recordings I have heard in some time. It is, very simply, fiddler Bryony Griffith playing traditional dance tunes and self-penned instrumentals (mostly written for friends’ weddings) alongside four traditional songs. The only accompaniment is some unobtrusive guitar Read More

Fatea Review

27th November, 2014

“Nightshade” is Bryony Griffith’s first album in entirely her own name, though she does already have an album out with partner Will Hampson and as part the Demon Barbers in their various guises. As with “Lady Diamond” the album she recorded with Will, “Nightshade” is an album that showcases folk Read More Review

4th November, 2014

Bryony Griffith – Nightshade Bryony Griffith’s first solo album exudes a great sense of freedom. Shorn of the melodeon which gave Lady Diamond, her duo album with Will Hampson, its dynamism and with Bryony almost completely solo except for some restrained guitar from Jack Rutter who co-arranged three tracks Nightshade Read More

Spiral Earth Review

4th November, 2014

Nightshade – Bryony Griffith   The debut solo album from Bryony Griffith is bursting at the seams with a joyful love for English fiddle music. The breadth of experience that Griffith has is pretty mind boggling, from her stint in the innovative Demon Barbers to countless sessions as a dance Read More

Bright Young Folk Review

4th November, 2014

Nightshade Bryony Griffith 2014 Studio album The clarity of Bryony Griffith’s voice stops you in your tracks. Authentic, pure, simple – no better words to describe her first solo album, Nightshade. Her voice is enchanting and her fiddle-playing casts a spell. Why Nightshade? Beautiful and deadly, it’s what kills Lord Read More

Living Tradition Review

3rd November, 2014

BRYONY GRIFFITH Nightshade Selwyn Music SYNMCD0008 Well, how fortunate and privileged am I, that I should get the opportunity to review this delightful offering from one of England’s most promising and talented singers and musicians? Bryony Griffith is one of a very small handful of newer generation folk performers who Read More