About Us

David GriffithsDave Griffiths

Dave is a renowned blues, Choro and jazz mandolin player. He started playing mandolin in the 60's influenced by blues, ragtime and jug band music.

With bluesman Dave Peabody he form the famed jug band “Tight Like That” recording their seminal album “Hokum” on the Village Thing label. Dave plays with singer songwriter Jim Reynolds on mandolin and bass and appears on many of his albums including “Smile on Tap” with violinist Stuart Gordon.

In 2002 he performed the Beethoven Sonatas at Ashton Court Festival with pianist Jon Stein and performed with Blues man Eddie Martin appearing on his album “Keep on Working”. His latest project a quartet called "Brejeiro" plays the jazz based Samba music of Brazil called Choro. Their CD 'La Llorona' is available through his web site, CD Baby, i-Tunes and also at www.brejeiro.co.uk.

Duo Recado allows Dave to explore the full repertoire of the mandolin especially romantic Italian and more ethnic sources.

Dave is dedicated to encouraging musicians young and old to take up the mandolin. He runs workshops at festivals, the Banjo Mandolin and Guitar Federation Rally and Summer Schools for the BMG, Creative Vacances and Sore Fingers.

Helen JamesHelen James

Helen studied classical guitar at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and through performing with other musicians has extended her classical training to include folk, jazz, flamenco and world music and has developed a playing style that seamlessly fuses all these elements. 

Helen has worked with Blue Notes jazz pianist John Hooper and fiddler Ali Nourse developing a repertoire fusing jazz and folk styles. The trio ran a monthly venue for a decade performing with national and international guest jazz and folk musicians. The trio also toured with the legendary Fred Wedlock giving many combined concerts.

Helen was a member of the Choro group Brejeiro for eight years with Dave Griffiths, Mike Pryor and Andy Fuller. Brejeiro (www.brejeiro.co.uk) specialises in the music of South America  and performs at festivals and events locally and nationally.

Helen’s current projects include Duo Recado, where she performs with national mandolin player David Griffiths. The extensive and flamboyant Duo Recado repertoire allows Helen to demonstrate the full versatility of her guitar playing, encompassing jazz, folk, classical, flamenco and Choro styles.

Helen also performs as a folk singer and is a dedicated teacher tutoring classical and folk guitar. She composes and arranges music for the Bristol Guitar Society and leads a community singing group in Somerset. Helen has just completed her first solo CD of classical guitar and is currently working on a CD of folk songs and original songs.