Years: 1971 - 1977
Styles: Folk Rock, Progressive Rock
Brian Gulland - Bassoon, Crumhorn, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals
Dave Oberlé - Drums, Glockenspiel, Lead vocals, Percussion, Timpani
Graeme Taylor - 12 string guitar, Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Harpsichord, Organ, Vocals
Richard Harvey - Clavinet, Crumhorn, Electric piano, Glockenspiel, Grand piano, Harmony, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Mandolin, Mellotron, MiniMoog, Organ, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Vocals (in band: 1971 - 1977)
Philip Nestor - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Malcolm Bennett - Bass Guitar, Flute
Jonathan Davie - Acoustic bass guitar, Bass Guitar
Bob Foster - Guitar
Alex Baird - Drums
Multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey and his fellow Royal College of Music graduate Brian Gulland, a woodwind player, began the group as an all-acoustic ensemble that mixed traditional English folk music with medieval and Renaissance influences. Shortly after this, the duo was joined by guitarist Graeme Taylor and drummer / percussionist Dave Oberlé.
After their self-titled debut, they expanded their sound to include electric guitars and keyboards as well as wind instruments, such asbassoons and krumhorns, not previously used in rock music. Gryphon's music often sounded as much like rural English folk or renaissance chansons as it did rock, at least on their early recordings. After their third album ("Red Queen to Gryphon Three") and the subsequent tour as a supporting act for Yes, their instrumentation became more conventional and the use of non-standard instruments was reduced. Fans and critics generally regard "Midnight Mushrumps" and the all-instrumental "Red Queen to Gryphon Three" as their finest albums.
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