The Hayley Griffiths band
Hayley is an Award winning Singer – her debut album, ‘Silver Screen’ won Classical Crossover Album of the Year. Her first studio album with Karnataka won Album and Track of the Year at The Classic Rock Society Awards. This weekend at the same awards ceremony Hayley was nominated in the Top 3 Female Singer’s of the Year category for the 3rd year running and last month was in Prog Magazine’s Female Vocalist of the Year Top 7 poll.
Hayley is also the former Lead Singer of the International phenomenon Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance with whom her crystalline voice enchanted audiences across the globe, from Japan to Chile to Russia to Paris, performing in over 400 Cities across 29 Countries and 4 Continents!
Fresh from headlining her brand new show out in South America at Crescendo Rock Progressive Festival Hayley has a UK and European Tour planned for later in 2019. Karnataka have performed in the Southampton area without fail every tour for the last 7 years and with Hayley’s family being from the New Forest this is always a fantastic show with a good ‘home crowd.’
Hayley is joined by Cagri Tozluoglu and Jimmy Pallagrosi; keyboardist and drummer of Karnataka making the band 3/5th’s of the recent 2010-2017 Karnataka line up.
The set will feature new arrangements of the award winning Karnataka ‘Secrets of Angels’ album, rock arrangements of Hayley’s solo ‘Silver Screen’ album, elegant celtic ballads and brand new tracks from Hayley’s forthcoming album release including Hayley’s single – ‘Aurora’ which won Akademia Music Award for Best Pop Rock Video, featured in Amazon’s Top 20 Hottest Releases and was nominated as the Top 5 2018 Song of the Year in the recent CRS Awards.
Formed in the late 70s by brothers Chris & Paul, they were joined by Paul Chisnell in ’83 and established their reputation as one of the hardest working underground bands of the 80s. The band released 2 LPs, 3 singles & countless cassettes & played over 500 shows around the UK & Europe before disbanding after a farewell concert at Sheffield University in ’88.
The McMahon brothers continued with World Turtle, but reformed Haze in 1998 for a 20th anniversary show, which was released as a double CD on Cyclops Records. For the next 10 years the band played intermittently together, including European tours & festival appearances, but primarily concentrated on their acoustic band Treebeard, who released 2 CDs & were very much in demand on the folk & beer festival circuit.
In 2008 Haze got together again for a couple of 30th anniversary shows, again released by Cyclops Records, and in 2010 toured Italy; one show from this tour was recorded by tour promoter Daniele Castracane and released as the “in that branch of the lake” DVD.
In 2013 the band released a new studio CD of original songs; “The Last Battle” features 14 new recordings by the ‘classic’ Haze line-up of the McMahon brothers and Paul Chisnell, with sisters Cat & Ceri Ashton adding strings & woodwind.
It was mainly Daniele’s encouragement that persuaded the band to record “The Last Battle” CD, but just before it’s release, drummer Paul Chisnell retired from playing, citing increasingly bad tinnitus for his inability to continue. The band immediately recruited Danny McMahon, son of guitarist Paul to fill the vacant drum stool. Although only 14, Danny had been playing drums for over 7 years, and has frequently guested with the band at local shows.
Despite building their reputation as a progressive rock band, Haze have always drawn on a wide variety of influences, ranging from pop, rock, funk, metal, meandering psychedelic jams to tightly structured prog epics.
The new material draws on all these, plus a strong folk, acoustic & medieval influence from Ceri Ashton’s contribution on whistle, flute, clarinet, viola & cello, and sister Catrin on fiddle, mandolin & flute.
Combined with Danny’s powerhouse drumming we are confident this is the beginning of an exciting new phase in the band’s career!
At Christmas 2013 the band reissued their first release “The Cellar Tapes” as a 30th anniversary CD, remixed & including previously unreleased tracks and online bonus tracks.
The band took part in the 2weeks 2make it video competition in 2013 with ‘The Last Battle’ and in 2015 with a new song ‘Faces on the Wall’, and are currently writing material for a new album.