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Hover is the second solo album from renowned English fiddle player and singer Bryony Griffith, but her first of purely traditional fiddle tracks. Following the success of her debut solo album, Nightshade, in 2014, Hover’s release coincides with 25 years of performing, recording and teaching English folk music and song.
Bryony is among the few fiddle players whose repertoire draws almost exclusively on traditional English tunes, with a particular passion for the more unusual dance tunes of her native Yorkshire and surrounding counties.
With a background in playing for dancing, it is no surprise that several of the tracks have been played for dance teams such as Dog Rose Morris and The Newcastle Kingsmen Sword Dancers, but others have been sourced from friends, sessions, digitised manuscripts and Bryony’s extensive collection of tune books.
Bryony’s vibrant, punctuated and commanding interpretations lift the tunes for dancers and exemplify a distinctive English fiddle style, but Hover also showcases a more gentle, elegant feel, complimented by her skilful and sensitive arrangements. The bold, solo tracks allow the tunes to speak for themselves, while the addition of Ian Stephenson’s guitar and double bass brings variety and depth to the album.