LP - Transatlantic Records
(4LPs, UK, 1975)
CD - Castle Communication ESB CD 416
(3 CDs, UK, 1996)
New Electric Muse
The Story Of Folk Into Rock
Compiled by Laurence Aston, Karl Dallas,|
Robin Denselow, David Laing and Robert Shelton.
Edited by Karl Dallas and Laurence Aston.
Notes by Karl Dallas and Laurence Aston
with additional introductory notes by
Robin Denselow and David Laing.
HIS is allegedly the tune to which William Kemp danced a jig from London to Norwich in 1599, accompanied by a single musician on the three holed pipe and small tabor drum, who must have been as tired as Kemp was at the end of the nine days it took him. Although the frontispiece to his ``Nine Daies Wonder', published in 1600 as a record of the feat, shows Kemp in garb not unlike the Morris Dancers of today, complete with bells round his legs, this tune is quite different from the solo dances you might come across in villages like Bampton, Oxfordshire, where the dancing tradition goes back to before Kemp's time (like Greensleeves, for instance).
Gryphon were a band of musicians on early instruments who graduated via folk rock into a full-fledged art rock band, in the classically-influenced tradition of Yes and Caravan. After playing this tune as the overture to a concert I produced at Southwark Cathedral in 1974, in aid of Sam Wanamaker's Global Playhouse on the South Bank, recorder player and multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey subsequently played with Richard and Linda Thompson (also in the concert) on their third album, I Want To See The Bright Lights. Kemp's Jig was the first track on Gryphon's first LP, released in 1973. They recorded three more albums for Transatlantic. Richard Harvey is now better known for his feature film and TV drama scores and the other original members of Gryphon have gone their separate ways: bassoon player Brian Gulland back into early music and film scores, guitarist Graeme Taylor into various incarnations of the Albion Band and Home Service, and drummer David Oberlé into the production of hard rock bands.