Living Tradition – Andy Piper

It’s not often you’ll find a focused study of tunes just for one instrument to be varied and
approachable, but Bryony Griffith’s violin-centric second recording, Hover, is both these
things and more. If you know Bryony’s playing from The Demon Barbers, you’ll find this is
quite a different pace. Here, Bryony’s skill with the bow is eloquent, relaxed with a natural
feel, and at a pace well suited to sessions and the rappers and morris dancers she often
accompanies, bringing an involuntary rhythmic tap to the foot of this reviewer.
The choice of tunes is a varied collection of mainly English violin pieces, thoughtfully
compiled from sessions and some quite old manuscripts. While it’s difficult to pick out
favourites, a shared Yorkshire heritage leads me to favour The Gaubeo, The Ladds Of
Dance & Oaks Assembly set, and a pleasant homage to The Red House of Cardiff brings
back a few fond memories of that long lost establishment. Tunes flow together as well as
ever they would in a session. If you like a good fiddle tune, fancy a bit of a jig, or just to
eavesdrop on the edge of a session, Hover is well worth lingering over.

Andy Piper

Living Tradition