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The Witches Of Elswick

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The Witches of Elswick were an English folk quartet. They were: Becky Stockwell, Gillian Tolfrey, Bryony Griffith and Fay Hield. Much of their material came from traditional music of the British Isles, including Two Sisters, Lord Randall, and Daddy Fox. They also performed 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 took their name from Elswick, Tyne and Wear, where they shared a flat, and is a play on The Witches of Eastwick.

Gillian (from Jarrow) and Becky became “drinking buddies”, when Becky moved to Newcastle from Broadstairs in 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 formed part of WitchNotes, a seven-part a capella group, with folk musicians Grace Notes. Bryony Griffith also sung and played fiddle in folk group The Demon Barbers, which also includes her brother Ben Griffith on drums.

Due to various committments the group parted at the end of 2007.

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  • Aurwandil

    I love their voices so much, and their harmony, I just wish it was easier to find more of their music! I totally love this group

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • 303factory

    ooh hard to find

    28 Mar 2011 Reply