|Tags:||progressive rock folk rock folk progressive folk progressive|
|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Official Homepage Wikipedia|
Originally called Spellthorn, Gryphon were formed in 1971 by Royal College of Music students Richard Harvey (25 September 1953, Enfield, Middlesex, England; keyboards, woodwinds, mandolin) and Brian Gulland (b. 30 April 1951, Maidstone, Kent, England; renaissance wind instruments, bassoon, keyboards, vocals). Harvey had eschewed an offer to join the London Philharmonia Orchestra in order to pursue his vision of a blend of medieval music and progressive rock. The outfit also included Graeme Taylor (b. 2 February 1954, Stockwell, London, England; guitar, bass, recorder) and David Oberlé (b. 9 January 1953, Farnborough, Kent, England; drums, percussion, flageolet, vocals).
Gryphon started their career playing folk clubs, moving on to the usual rock venues and colleges, in addition to performing at special events such as the Victoria & Albert Museum. Their style made them unique on the UK rock scene in the early 70s, with...