Andy Grant Trio
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Andy Grant Trio

Dorchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Dorchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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May
10
Andy Grant Trio @ Dart Music Festival

Dartmouth, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Dartmouth, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Apr
24
Andy Grant Trio @ Alibis

Dorchester, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Dorchester, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Apr
17
Andy Grant Trio @ The Ropemakers

Bridport, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Bridport, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

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Crammed under the stairs on a hot and sticky (almost) midsummer night in June, guitarist and singer/songwriter Andy Grant took the stage at the ever-popular Bridport venue No.10 this week for what promised to be another storming set of tuneage. Arriving early, I was lucky enough to get a front-stage seat enabling me to get a bird's eye view of seeing and hearing one of Dorset's most promising live acts.

I was not disappointed. Having not seen Andy play for a while, I was looking forward to hearing how the new Hole In The Sky tracks were going down with audiences who have high expectations of this accomplished and ballsy performer. From the word go Andy had them by the short and curlies. Opening with 'Prioritise'(arguably the catchiest tune you are likely to hear this summer), Andy set the bar high by launching into this sure-fire hit single - the chunky monkey musical equivalent of a Ben and Jerry's special.

An explosive first set featured several of the songs I was hoping to hear.

From the melancholy title track through to the gut wrenching growl of 'Bessie', Andy is a performer who knows just how to push his crowd's buttons. Sensitive to their needs, he made sure that a couple of great covers were thrown in for good measure to even up the stakes. From the Paul Simon classic '50 Ways' through to the more romantic Isley Brothers 'Love the One You're With', Andy delivers each tune with roaring, heartfelt expression. A couple of newer tunes were also given an opportunity to walk the line - 'Miss Particular' and 'Be There' show that Andy has by no means left his song writing barrel empty.
- www.the-mag.me.uk


Like a highly-tuned pop ninja, Dorchester’s Andy Grant uses the smallest of means to exert the biggest of forces. ‘Hole In The Sky’ offers up eleven tunes of pared-down blues and folk, but the songwriting and six-string dexterity is anything but basic.

There’s deep delta magic aplenty with the bottleneck acrobatics of tracks like “Bessie”, “Indifference” and the rootsy Jeff Buckleyesque “Come On Strong” perfectly complementing Andy’s gruff, hearty vocals. However, the good thing is that these rougher cuts are interspersed with a variety of softer, more contemporary textures.

“Divided” marries a poppy tune with a lush folky feel, “Move On” nods towards the grown-up sound of Counting Crows or Matchbox20 and “Prioritise” is an oddly charming resurrection of skiffle. “Elements” hints at the twinkling simplicity of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and “Your Smile” is shamelessly romantic; but the standout moment has to be the sweetly undulating rhythms of “Heaven Knows.” Like’60s garage anthem “Gloria” put through the bliss blender this packs energy and subtlety into just a few chords. Like everything here, it’s simple stuff done well.
- www.overplay.com


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Andy Grant Trio are set to release their new recording ‘Champagne On Beer Budget’ on Feb 11th 2011. The album features Andy’s hook laden song writing, stunning guitar work and distinctive vocals, superbly supported by Simon Rushbrook on double bass and Lee Miller on drums. Sensitive engineering by Tom Hughes brings the rich, acoustic warmth of the instruments to life, and adds the very welcome addition of Hammond Organ and Mellotron to several tracks.

Formed in Dorset in 2008 to tour Andy’s solo album ‘Hole in The Sky’, the trio’s sound takes in elements of Blues, Rock, Jazz and Folk and recombines them in a pure acoustic setting. The songs have an uncannily immediate feeling, as though they’ve been around for years.

Andy Grant Trio are playing tour dates across the south of England in 2011. Both the tour and the album are eagerly anticipated following the esteemed praise directed at Andy’s solo career – ‘Champagne on Beer Budget’ is certain not to disappoint.