- The Witches of Elswick
The Witches of Elswick are an English
A cappellafolk quartet. They are: Becky Stockwell, Gillian Tolfrey, Bryony Griffithand Fay Hield. Much of their material comes from traditional music of the British Isles, including Two Sisters, Lord Randall, and "Daddy Fox". They also perform more comtemporary folk material, such as "Once Lived In Service" ( Peter Bellamy), "Soldier, Soldier" (Peter Bellany, based on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, "Bring Us A Barrel" ( Keith Marsden). The Witches take their name from Elswick, Tyne and Wear, where they shared a flat, and is a play on The Witches of Eastwick.
Jarrow) and Becky became "drinking buddies", when Becky moved to Newcastle from Broadstairsin Kent. Bryony (from Huddersfield) became friends with the two of them when she moved to the area, to be with her boyfriend, a dancer in a traditional dance team, who practised at the local pub. They then started living in a flat together. When Fay (from Keighley) starting a degree course (a BMus in Folk and Traditional Music) in 2001, at Newcastle University, she moved into the flat, and the group formed later that year.
The group form part of
WitchNotes, a seven-part a capella group, with folk musicians "Grace Notes". Bryony Griffithalso sings and plays fiddlein folk group The Demon Barbers, which also includes her brother Ben Griffithon drums.
*"Out of Bed" (2003)
*"Hell's Belles" (2005)
* [http://www.skinnymalinksmusic.co.uk/artists/thewitchesofelsw.html Official The Witches of Elswick webpage]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/2004_01_tue_03.shtml An interview with the group on
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/onyourstreet/msfay.shtml BBC - Radio 3 World on Your Street - Musicians' Stories: Fay Hield]
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