The Poppy Folk Club. The Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham. NG2 5DX. Poppy Logo. Pint pot logo.
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Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson
7:30pm, Sunday 19th February 2012

They've been playing music together for twenty years, in bands such as Bedlam and the Demon Barbers, and as members of the Dogrose and Kingsmen dance teams. They seem to have been 'names that go together' for so long that it is hard to believe they have just released their first album as a duo. And that album, Lady Diamond, is a gem; and has been nominated in the 'best debut' category in the Spiral Earth awards!

On February 19th the duo gave the eager audience pretty much the whole album - and a bit more besides - in two great sets of songs and tunes. Bryony does all of the singing and has a very strong voice, full of character and emotion. She's a great player of the fiddle and viola too; and does most of the talking between songs. Will belies his laid-back-to-almost-horizontal character by playing inventive and rather lovely melodeon accompaniment as well as taking a lead role in some of the tunes. The friendly banter and play-bickering between them was an important part of the whole show and made the whole night very special.

Stand-outs for me were The Lady of York (which got the audience singing along better than I've heard previously at the Poppy); the set of tunes 'Laudnam Bunches/Miller of Mansfield'; Faithful Johnny (another audience favourite); and the beautiful Bryony solo 'The Cropper Lad'.

At the start of the night, Phil Preen and Claire Halliday played some cracking tunes while the room filled up; then we began each half of the concert with a single song from a local performer. We were treated to two excellent singers: Marc Block sang 'The Greenwood Laddie', and Lawrence Leith sang 'The Brisk Lad'. Both top notch performers from Nottingham!

Thank you to all who came and supported the club and helped make it yet another terrific success.