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Griselda Sanderson
United Kingdom
Influences: West European , Scandinavian , African
Genres: folk, world, traditional, jazz, nyckelharpa, polska, swedish, gypsy jazz, experimental, acoustic
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February 2023 #12 - Top 40 for Scandinavian Influence The Emigrants' Tune (video)
February 2023 #13 - Top 40 for Scandinavian Influence Folia (video)
February 2023 #26 - Top 40 for Scandinavian Influence In Thunder (track)
New video by Griselda Sanderson A new video has just been released of a track from my album 'Radial'. 'Carnera, The Biggest Horse features Louis Bingham on guitar, Moroccan gnawa master Simo Lagnawi on awisha and myself on nyckelharpa. It will be available in the shops, on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify etc. on October 9th. In the meantime you can get a copy from Waulk Records here!store/c1ey2 Enjoy! more
New nyckelharpa album \'Radial\' out soon It's been six years since UK-based nyckelharpa player Griselda Sanderson's last solo album 'Harpaphonics' came out. 'Radial' (due out September 2015 on Waulk Records) is a celebration of traditional Swedish polskas and original compositions. With accompanists Louis Bingham, James Dumbelton & Luke Jones on guitar and guest appearances by Moroccan gnawa master Simo Lagnawi on guembri and hang-drum player Ben Duckworth, this is a superb collection of tracks on this unusual instrument.  more
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About: Griselda Sanderson's Harpaphonics
Photo by: Griselda Sanderson
About: Griselda Sanderson
Photo by: Griselda Sanderson
About: Griselda Sanderson 'Radial'
Photo by: Griselda Sanderson
About: Griselda Sanderson, violin
Photo by: Griselda Sanderson
About: New album 'Radial' coming soon
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About: Griselda Sanderson & Simo Lagnawi
Griselda Sanderson plays the fiddle and nyckelharpa - a Swedish bowed, keyed fiddle with keys and sympathetic strings. Her live act The Radial Band features guitar and cittern player Louis Bingham, Ricardo de Noronha from Portugal on percussion and ethnic wind instruments and Dave Insua-cao on percussion.

Her latest album 'Veer', a collaboration with Ricardo de Noronha, comes out in May 2017, exploring interplay between Nordic stringed instruments (Hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa) and his hand-made flutes.

Her 2nd solo nyckelharpa album 'Radial' came out on Waulk Records on 1st October 2015. Inspiration for her repertoire is drawn from the folk traditions of northern Europe and beyond, including Swedish polskas, Irish & Scottish jig & reel sets, French dances, Moroccan Gnawa music and original compositions. She performs solo or as part of a duo accompanied by guitar.

Griselda’s first solo album Harpaphonics featuring the nyckelharpa and fiddle was released in 2009 to great critical acclaim. Guest musicians on the album included Max Moya Wright (Ojos de Brujo), James Dumbelton (Jackie Oates Band), Louis Bingham, Josh Stopford (Yes Sir Boss) & Riaan Vosloo. Harpaphonics was listed at number five in the Top Ten Best World Music Releases of 2009 in the Sunday Times.

Griselda Sanderson is one of six musical children of violin-maker Derick Sanderson who resided in Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland. Her first bandWaulk Elektrikwas formed with her brother Larry, also a fiddler. They toured extensively in the 1990s playing at festivals such as Cropredy, Towersey, Sidmouth and WOMAD. The band released four albums and started their own labelWaulk Recordsthat has continued to this day. ?After her brother Larry was seriously injured in a road accident she formed the trio Spyka with Mike Cosgrave and James Dumbelton (both of whom played in English folk singer Jackie Oates’ Band) based in the West Country. In 2010 she joined forces with Gambian riti player (a one-stringed West African fiddle) Juldeh Camara to form the groupJulaba Kunda, and in 2011 they released a collaborative albumTraderson the Waulk Records label that combined and contrasted their fiddle traditions from three thousand miles apart. Julaba Kunda were winners of World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands competition in 2012. She produced one album and played with Senegalese blues guitarist Amadou Diagne(Yakar, 2013)and has recorded and produced two albums for Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi('Gnawa London' on Waulk Records 2013 and 'Gnawa Berber', Riverboat 2014) with whom she also performs live. In 2014 she composed music for English poet Alice Oswald for her performance piece 'Tithonus'. Her latest project has been to record a double album of traditional Scotttish, Scandinavian and other northern European music with members of her family including Orkney fiddler Sarah McFadyen, her brother 'cellist Joel sanderson, guitarist & banjo player Louis Bingham, Frey Rae on flute and whistle and Luke Jones on 12-string due for release in 2015.

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