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Gryphon2019AndyHoldsworthPhotography041Brian Gulland - Bassoon, Bass Crumhorn, Recorders, Harmonium, & Vocals

Brian first sang in public aged 8 as The Angel in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Whilst a choirboy at Canterbury Cathedral he met and engaged with the Bassoon.
Following the National Youth Orchestra, the Royal College of Music beckoned, but Brian left early, with vague ideas about playing Hammond organ in a rock band.

Teaming up with Richard Harvey, he was· led into Mediaeval & Renaissance music and Crumhorns, playing in Music Reservata and London Pro Music.
Gryphon emerged seamlesslyish in 1972 and continued till mid ’77, when, headhunted by Gabriel Yacoub, Brian spent 2 years in the French Medieval Folk Rock band Malicorne, whilst moonlighting·playing sax in a Parisian punk group.·

From the 80’s, Brian has spent much·time in studios, and on the road with the acoustic folkers The New Scorpion Band, the guitarist John Williams, and on sousaphone with the Swervy World Theatre.
He has also been writing, arranging, producing, expanding the instrument cupboard, and playing on numerous recording sessions, from the Nolan Sisters to Hans Zimmer,·via Jon Anderson of Yes, Emma Thompson and Ian Dury, as well as working in the film music world including a spell as Musical Assistant to David Byrne of Talking Heads on ’The Last Emperor’ for Belusconi, being a chanting monk for Sir Paul McCartney, and supplying bassoon cannon noises for Muppets Treasure Island.
The blessings·of a musical existence have permitted access to magnificent venues like the Houston Astrodome, The Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Madison Square Garden, the Albert Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Queen’s Park Rangers Football Ground, and Village Halls and Folk Clubs without number.
Working in top recording environments like Abbey Road, Air and·Grande Armee has been a privilege.

In addition to his writings for Gryphon, Brian continues to compose in different musical genres, including choral music and a set of harpsichord pieces. He is getting closer to finally coming out with a solo record.

 

Gryphon2019AndyHoldsworthPhotography037Graeme Taylor - Guitars, Vocals

Graeme’s musical career began age 17 in 1971, as founder member of ground-breaking band Gryphon. He also played with an assortment of rock and R&B bands from the mid 70s through to the 90s, notably singer songwriter John B. Spencer.

In 1977, Graeme joined forces with Ashley Hutchings, Shirley Collins, John Tams, Ric Sanders and Michael Gregory, resulting in the formation of a new Albion Band, and with the addition of Dave Mattacks and Simon Nicol from Fairport Convention, the making of the classic album Rise up Like the Sun. 

With John, Ashley and Greg, together with Bill Bryden's team at the National Theatre, he was instrumental in the making of The Mysteries and Lark Rise to Candleford, for which a distinctive English brass section was added, and for the show's revival in 2000, Graeme assumed the role of Music Director and wrote original music and arrangements

He has continued working with John and Greg, forming the critically acclaimed Home Service, which took these concepts much further and has recently enjoyed a successful reincarnation with the great John Kirkpatrick.

He was Music Director for War Horse at the New London Theatre for 3 years, and nowadays spends most of his time engineering and producing music for other singers and bands in his inspiring purpose-built garden studio in south west London.

Additionally, he has written music for library, has done session work and made live and TV appearances with such diverse artistes as Long John Baldry, Tim Rose, Madeleine Bell, Julie Covington, Denise Black, Kiki Dee, Rolf Harris and Rebecca Storm.

 

Gryphon2019AndyHoldsworthPhotography042Dave Oberlé - Drums, Percussion & Vocals

Dave was born in Farnborough, Kent. His Father was Charter Director for B.O.A.C and consequently he spent much of his early life traveling, with the first 6 years spent living in Singapore.

His Mother loved to play Piano and he was brought up with an appreciation of classical and popular music. However, the drummer was lurking inside and he was more interested in hitting things and would raid the kitchen drawer for two meat skewers which he used to play on an old wooden box. Then at the age of 10 his Father bought him a snare drum and it was all downhill from there. Throughout his teens he developed a taste for hard rock and at the age of 16 began playing in a Surrey based rock band along with original Gryphon bass player Phil Nestor.

Dave was eventually approached by Richard and Brian in 1971 and asked to join what was later to become Gryphon. His challenge was to adapt his style and kit and to create a new method of playing which would work with the acoustic sound of the band.

During his seven years in Gryphon he also played on Steve Howe’s solo album ‘Beginnings’ and did a vocal session for punk icons Wire on their ‘Pink Flag’ album. When the members of Gryphon eventually went their own ways, he went to work in the music press, contributing significantly to Melody Maker and Sounds.· He was later to be part of the team that launched the incredibly successful worldwide heavy rock magazine Kerrang! He then spent the next 10 years running independent heavy rock record label Communiqué, releasing albums by Motorhead and Girlschool.

More recently he has appeared as a guest backing vocalist for Martin Orford (IQ and Jadus) on his album ‘The Old Road’ and has done vocal and percussion sessions for prog rock outfit Gandalf’s Fist, whose album ‘Forest of Fey’ was voted No 3 in Classic Rock Magazine’s top 100 albums of 2015. He has also appeared on their latest album ‘The Clockwork Fable’ which received much critical media acclaim.

 

Gryphon2019AndyHoldsworthPhotography028Graham Preskett - Violin, Mandolin & Keyboards

Graham Preskett, MA, ARCM, a former member of the National Youth Orchestra and MD of Cambridge Footlights, has played medieval rebec in French cathedrals, led and conducted a Chinese orchestra playing Irish music in The Forbidden City and played Vivaldi mandolin concertos in Hong Kong with Richard Harvey.

He wrote the score for Something to Talk About (with Hans Zimmer), Billy Connolly’s World Tours of Scotland and Australia (with Ralph McTell), Where the Heart Is and Frenchman’s Creek (by himself), played blues harmonica for Thelma and Louise, tango violin for Moulin Rouge and Irish banjo for Harry Potter! Beyond music for movies and television, he has composed hundreds of ‘library’ tracks and adverts.

Graham has worked with Cher, Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Status Quo, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Meat Loaf, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams and George Martin.
He also contributed choir parts and inaudible Latin to the film
The Da Vinci Code, wrote the French detective’s theme for Flushed Away, arranged 'Here Comes the Sun' for Bee Movie and wrote cues for Arthur Christmas and Muppet Treasure Island.
In 2018 he joined Ralph McTell in Ypres cathedral and at the Menin Gate in Ypres to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

Here is a smattering of the various other people he has worked with:
Ringo Starr, Glenn Hughes, Michel Polnareff, David Dundas, Mott the Hoople, The Pretty Things, Barry Blue, Brotherhood of Man, First Class, Billy Ocean, Dana, The Nolan Sisters, Kevin Ayers, Roger Glover, Deep Purple, Barbie Benton, Luz, Archive, Miguel Bosé, Mylene Farmer, Mocedades, Ana Belen, The Tourists, The Goodies, Murray Head, Gordon Giltrap, David Coverdale, Steve Howe, Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Paul Young, Alan Parsons, Jackie Leven, Whitesnake, Zizi Possi, Maria Bethania, Lindisfarne, Mike Heron, Graham Bonnet, Yoshiki, A-ha, The Bootleg Beatles, John Carter, Roger Greenaway, Hudson Ford, Phil Everly, Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Bob Young, Micky Moody, Bananarama, Tracy Ullman, Steve Harley, Fabio Junior, José Luis Perales, Stanley Myers, Mark Mancina, Lulu, Harry Secombe, Chris de Burgh, Lisa Stansfield, Sinead O’ Connor, Roger Daltrey, Roy Harper, The Moody Blues, Rita McNeil…. (Is that enough? Ed.)

 

Gryphon2019AndyHoldsworthPhotography024Andy Findon - Flute, Soprano Crumhorn, Soprano Sax & Clarinet

Andy Findon is Europe's most recorded flute player who can be heard on countless movie and TV soundtracks, alongside albums for a long list of international artists.·

Formative influences were gained working for well known British Dance Band leaders Joe Loss, Nat Temple, Eric Delaney and Sidney Lipton whilst and shortly after studying at the Royal College of Music, following membership (as principal flute) of The National Youth Orchestra. He was also a founder member of the Myrha Saxophone Quartet with John Harle in the late seventies.··

Andy is the longest serving member of The Michael Nyman Band, playing baritone sax and flutes on Michael's soundtracks and concert tours since the early 1980's and is also a member of the iconic, award winning folk-rock band The Home Service.

Although training originally as a classical flautist, his career diversified, covering almost every musical genre, duetting with Pat Metheny and playing with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Tony Bennett, Cilla Black, The Beach Boys and Katherine Jenkins among many others.·

In 1998 Andy performed on tin whistle live in the interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Birmingham and was Mike Oldfield's recorder player at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.·

Notable among the hundreds of film scores he's played on are movies in the Bond, Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter series, as well as·the soundtracks of musicals, including Phantom Of The Opera, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Evita and Mama Mia.·

Andy is also known as London's foremost "ethnic" instrumentalist. He has contributed extensively to the “Spitfire” sample library with work on both orchestral and ethnic instruments, including the release of the “Andy's Kitbag” series. As a composer, he has produced and performed hundreds of music "library" tracks which are played across the media regularly.·His own releases include groundbreaking and innovative premieres, including his own arrangements of work by composers such as Michael Nyman and compositions by iconic jazz pianist and composer Geoff Eales.·

Andy is a "Pearl Flutes International Artist"

 

RobLevyRob Levy - Bass Guitar & Double Bass

Rob was born in London, and discovered a love of music in his early teens, when given a guitar as a birthday present.
He switched to bass some years later, in order to form a jazz quartet with some school-mates, and never looked back.
Essentially self-taught, Rob played in rock and jazz groups while at university.·
He lived and worked as an English and Music teacher in Austria for three years in the 70's. During this time he attended the Jazz Seminar in Dornbirn, and studied classical guitar and double-bass.
He played with the rock band Good Morning, jazz sextet Sons Of Glee and the Ronning-Levy folk-blues duo, touring Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
On returning to the UK in 1979 he started gigging with jazz and commercial music outfits.
His subsequent career took in stints on cruise ships, summer seasons, the casino in Monte Carlo and numerous tours of Europe.
In the 90's he worked for many years with 60's pop artist Helen Shapiro.
He has worked with Sacha Distel, Jerry Lewis, Petula Clark, Max Bygraves, Russ Conway, Tony Hadley, Jimmy Tarbuck and Des O'Connor.
He has been active as an acoustic and electric bassist in London's West End for over thirty years, having played in over forty musicals, most notably in the shows Five Guys Named Moe, Chicago, Cabaret and Spamalot.
For many years Rob has toured worldwide and recorded with the acclaimed world-music group The Burning Bush.
He recently toured the US with the show The Ratpack Live From Las Vegas.
TV work includes Scene:Terraces, The Sound Of Musicals and Nigella Lawson cookery series.
Apart from Gryphon, Rob plays bass with Musea artists Doctor Gradus, who perform jazzy reworkings of French impressionist music. He also plagryphoncoloured1ys Brazilian jazz with Lobu Bobu, and European cafe music with the Tivoli Band.

 

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