Bryony is a highly accomplished fiddler and distinctive singer in the English traditional style with a down-to-earth and relaxed style of teaching and performing. Playing from an early age at school and in classical ensembles, she discovered and converted to traditional music in her early teens and has since developed a broad repertoire of mainly English dance tunes and songs. Bryony’s skills and enthusiasm encompass solo performance, duo and band work, and also extensive experience of playing for folk dancing.
With over 20 years’ experience researching folk material and devising innovative ways of presenting it for use in performance and education work with children, young people and adults, Bryony is in much demand by festival and project organisers to lead music, singing and dance workshops all over the UK, including the Folkworks Summer Schools, the Soundpost singing and fiddle weekends, Sidmouth and Whitby folk festivals. She organises the School’s Showcase at Shepley Spring Festival and also runs The Shepley Singers, a mixed-voice community choir for whom she arranges traditional songs in four-part harmony.
Bryony is an experienced and passionate teacher of all age groups from one-to-one to full ensembles and has arranged many settings of traditional tunes for string groups and mixed ensembles.
Bryony teaches violin in local schools and until recently taught for Wakefield Music Services.
Bryony was recently appointed as a vocal tutor on the brand new BA hons in Folk Music at Leeds College of Music.
Recent projects have included The Full English learning programme with The EFDSS and National Coal Mining Museum at Shawlands Primary School in Barnsley and The Full English Extra with EFDSS, The NCMME, Wakefield Music Services and schools in the ex-mining town of Featherstone in West Yorkshire.
The Full English project was nominated for Best Musical Initiative Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence and in March 2016 the EFDSS resource bank won the Best Digital/Technological resource at the Music Teacher Awards.
The EFDSS Full English Coalmining resource pack written by Bryony Griffith, Sue Bousfield and Jayne Ambrose is available to download for free here.
The resource pack from the Full English Extra ‘In Our Own Words: exploring coal mining through folk song’ written by Bryony Griffith is available to download for free here.
A brand new rapper dancing resource ‘Swords and Stars’ written by Lucy huzzard, Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson is available to download for free here.