Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson: Lady Diamond


Lady Diamond
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English fiddler and traditional singer Bryony Griffith and melodeon player and dancer Will Hampson have played together in various ensembles for the past 20 years. These include Bedlam, The Newcastle Kingsmen Sword Dancers, The Demon Barbers and The Kate Rusby Band, Lady Diamond is their debut as a duo and focuses its attention on Bryony’s distinctive vocals and her fine instrumental skills. Will’s rich melodeon accompaniment establishes a lush and full setting that showcases Bryony’s talents.

The twelve selections on Lady Diamond are traditional in origin and well-researched and annotated. Bryony’s alto voice is reminiscent of Norma Waterson with its seemingly untrained quality with a great deal of ornamentation and power.

This is timeless music owing little to modern styles and with little crossover appeal. However, this is what makes the recording so wonderful. There are no overdubs and it is as if the two performers are playing for you in your parlor. Any one who fancies the music of Waterson-Carthy and its various components will truly enjoy Lady Diamond.

Tom Druckenmiller

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He's been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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