New line-up for Griffyns

THE Griffyn Ensemble has a slight new line-up.

Bassist Holly Downes

Bassist Holly Downes

Long-time  Griffyns, clarinettist Matthew O’Keeffe and percussionist Wyana O’Keeffe have announced their retirement from The Griffyn Ensemble after seven years. They now live in Melbourne, from which  commuted to and from for the last two years.

“Matt and Wy have been an incredible part of Griffyn from the very beginning, and will be sorely missed, says chief Griffyn, Michael Sollis.

But the show must go on, especially as the “Griffyn Fairy Tales” season for 2014 looms large, so they’ve announced two new Griffyns ,   violinist Chris Stone and double bassist Holly Downes.  Both  lived in Canberra for several years while studying at the ANU School of Music, and have since been performing in chamber-folk trio The String Contingent.

Stone and Downes will first appear in “The Lost Mapmaker”  as part of the National Library’s “Mapping Our World” exhibition on February 21 and 22, with visual artist Annika Romeyn and writer Katie Taylor.

This year will also see the ensemble’s  former harpist, Laura Tanata, join Meriel Owen in a couple of concerts in 2014.

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