Gina Griffin
Fiddle player and vocalist.

About Gina


Gina Griffin has worked as a professional musician for over 25 years and is highly regarded for her vibrant, improvisational fiddle and vocal style.


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Gina studied classical violin and began writing music at an early age, singing in her first band at 12 and becoming fully professional at 18. Since then she has developed a unique and vibrant live style - equally at home playing at small, intimate gigs to some of the biggest festivals, including Glastonbury and Japan's Fuji Rock.

Gina lived and worked in France for a number of years where she taught violin and played for the traditional Bal Musette. Back at home in the UK she has become a well-loved regular of the South West's live music scene and has written and performed music for live theatre and TV (Discovery channel, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Miren Theatre Company, BBC).

Showcase


The clips below showcase Gina's versatile style - always delivered with an individual flair:


The Schmoozenbergs


The 1930s Paris inspired The Schmoozenbergs, with irresistible energetic gypsy swing and improvisation. From huge festivals to pavement performances, these guys are well at home and will entice you with their hip, swinging sound.

The Water Gypsies


The Water Gypsies, a band based on the Kennet and Avon canal who like nothing better than mooring up and playing hot gypsy jazz ...providing they can get that double bass off the boat but if not, they’ll just play onboard!

Leon Hunt n-Tet


The eclectic Leon Hunt n-Tet, led by banjo virtuoso Leon. They are a trio with no grand plan and a ‘have a go’ attitude to styles and repertoire combined with a rich ‘best of’ back catalogue from Daily Planet, The Scoville Units and tunes from past n-Tets.

The Quirkish Delights


Gina and long-time collaborator Chris Powell performing as The Quirkish Delights, "a Bristol based folk jazz duo with their feet firmly roaming in the gypsy realm." Together they've released five albums and performed live in the UK, France, and Japan.

The World Government


Featuring musicians from bands including Portishead, Kasabian, Radiohead and Goldfrapp, The World Government is a "dirty hyper-funk improvising collective".

The Scoville Units


An American/Celtic roots blend with Leon Hunt, Ed Boyd, Rex Preston, Josh Clark and Miranda Sykes. The Scoville Units released a well-received album in 2011. Live highlights included supporting Bela Fleck at Celtic Connections.

Busnoys


Busnoys is a three-piece free jazz band, which has been featured several times on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. Gina appears on their recent album: Weaving the Spell.

Blackmailed and Bereft


Based in Ireland, the band describes themselves as "Hooky pop songs, blissed out harmonies, jigs and reels".

Carmina


Carmina are an intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, woven together in powerful original songs.

Teaching


Gina works as an independent piano and violin teacher at Hilcrest Primary School in Bristol with children aged between five to seven.

She also teaches adults, receiving recommendations from the Bristol Violin Shop to help people return to the violin or piano after years away, to help them develop their own style or to introduce them to Jazz or World music styles.