Gryphon Live at St Mary’s Church Farncombe

Gryphon

Gryphon

Excellent concert Gryphon at St John’s Church. Medieval and Renaissance influenced rock.

Although in Farncombe, venue easy to get to as the church is opposite the station.

6-piece band, multi-instrumentalists, brass, acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, violin, various wind instruments some the like of which I had never seen before, keyboards, vocals.  Quite an impressive line up and performance.

Sound balance and quality was at times a bit iffy. They could have done with a better sound system.

Before the concert started, I was having a conversation sat outside the church with one of the band, the guy who plays keyboard and many wind instruments, of the Canterbury music scene, of influences, of who played, bands like Soft Machine and Caravan. He was part of the scene, and said he was a chorister in Canterbury Cathedral. Then in our teens and early twenties.  Lucky because we had exposure to excellent music.

How do we come across music or literature worth knowing about, worth listening to, worth reading?

At university The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin played. But also Soft Machine, Caravan, Spirogyra, experimental groups. I was exposed to a wide range of music, often what friends played in their rooms, music I would not otherwise have encountered. Much I did not at the time necessarily like, but it entered the psyche. We were part of what became known as the Canterbury music scene.

I was surprised how far people had travelled to the concert.  I thought I has come a long way from the other side of Guildford. Guy catching the train was heading to Reading, before the concert someone said they had come down from Hertfordshire, during the interval I overheard someone say they had come down from Yorkshire, a young guy with a skateboard had come from Holland (I assume not by skateboard).

Looking at the table, the organiser has an impressive range of acts playing at their little church. I suggested book Jewelia, Steve Lawson, Imogen Heap.

Talking to the band, I suggested they release on bandcamp.  I also suggested they play at Staycation Live next year.

I picked up all three of their albums, Midnight Mushrumps, Red Queen to Gryphon Three, Gryphon. Three of the band kindly signed.

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