Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

 Burlington, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkRock

ANDY is a passionate rootsy folk rock singer/songwriter who writes from gut feelings and mostly about personal relationships / experiences. Reviewers have written that Andy has an energy, feeling and sound in his tunes that could bring comparisons to Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Grapes of Wrath and others.
His album 'MIND ON OTHER THINGS' was nominated for a 2013 HAMILTON MUSIC AWARD - ROOTS RECORDING OF THE YEAR ... Along with Lee Harvey Osmond and White Horse.

Biography

ANDY GRIFFITHS - FOLK ROCK SINGER/SONGWRITER


ANDY is a energetic and passionate rootsy folk rock singer/songwriter.

Gut feeling and personal experience form the basis of his tunes!

You may catch yourself tapping toes and singing along with the chorus!


ALBUM #3 is in the works. 'STELLA STARTED IT!' Looking forward to a release in Fall 2016. Much of the overdub tracking for these albums was/will be done in Andy's own home studio, Sealpoint Productions. He is a bit of a gear geek ... and has collected some great vintage and modern equipment over the years.


Also, be on the look out for a kid's album coming out this year. 'OUR CAT FLASH'. For young kids ( 2 to 10 ) and grown up kids!  :) 


 

'MIND ON OTHER THINGS'. 


This album was nominated for a 2013 HAMILTON MUSIC AWARD! And in such incredible company! :) 

  

ROOTS RECORDING OF THE YEAR! 

The Caretakers – Love,War + Propaganda 

Rob Green – Soul Dancing 

Andy Griffiths – Mind On Other Things 

Lee Harvey Osmond – The Folk Sinner 

Whitehorse – The Road to Massey Hall 

  

BIO


While Andy Griffiths studied architecture in his younger days, music always remained a keen passion for him. He'd study architecture, graduate, become an independent architectural designer (founding his own company Archimage Design & Drafting Services Inc.), look after aging parents, raise a family, design and build a new house, travel the world and at one point ... lose his thyroid to cancer. ( certainly a kick in the pants to pay attention to the things you love ... family, friends and MUSIC! )


For the last 30 some odd years he's also been pursuing his love of music ... writing and recording original music whenever he was able to. He was in a variety of working cover bands from 1990 to 2002. In 2009, Andy started playing regular gigs with renewed vigor. Mostly original shows, feature sets, and open stages. Which lead Andy to record and release his debut album ...'LOOKING AT A LIFE.' in Sept 2011. Along with help from many of the incredible musicians he met along the way. This album is a folky-rock album with an honest take on a life well lived. Reviewers have written that Andy's music brings comparison to Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Lowest of the Low, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Grapes of Wrath amongst others. 


In Feb 2013, Andy released album number 2 ... 'MIND ON OTHER THINGS'. Drawing on influences from the Beatles, Crowded House, Lee Harvey Osmond (Tom Wilson), the Verve, Tom Petty..... just to name a few. You will find a selection of tunes ranging from East Coast folk flavour to rocking folky power pop. Once again, boasting a selection of some of the top, world class, musicians from in and around Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. This album has made it's way across Canada, into the USA, France, England, Germany, Sweden, Australia and many other places around the globe.


Catchy melodies and tight vocal harmonies are prevalent throughout his tunes. 

Andy thoroughly enjoys playing live shows as a solo artist, duo, trio or full band and is enjoying a busy schedule currently playing venues and events of all shapes and sizes. 

Andy's band mates comprise of good friends who happen to be some of the top musicians in the area. 

"We always have a great time playing shows together!" 

Audiences pick up on that and get drawn in to the excitement and fun vibe of the performance! 


Please feel free to drop a line with any questions or comments.

We are always interested in festival performances and other interesting shows, events & venues to play.

We will happily provide references if/as required.


Cheers!


Discography:

NO REASON - 8 Song EP 

LOOKING AT A LIFE - Release date : Sept 24, 2011 

MIND ON OTHER THINGS - Release date : Feb 15, 2013

STELLA STARTED IT! - Release date : 2016

OUR CAT FLASH - Release date : 2016


contact : andy@andygriffiths.ca

Lyrics

Lend A Hand

Written By: Andrew Griffiths

LEND A HAND © Andrew W Griffiths Feb 9-10 (905 483 5800 cell)
INTRO
Verse 1:

Now the earth has spoken and everyone’s choking on tears and misery.

The air is still and a silence has dawned…..the birds and the animals have gone.

The buildings are rubble, the streets are full… of people with no place to go.

You can only imagine the torture and pain…..suffering we hope we’ll never know.

Chorus:

But if we all lend a hand to our brothers, and we all pull together for one another,

Then there’s hope and there’s light,

We know we can’t make it right,

But we’ll try and we’ll help and we’ll fight…..to survive another day.

Yah, we’ll fight…..to survive another day

REPEAT INTRO
Verse 2:

Well the earth has spoken and everyone’s choking on tears and misery.

It’s a world away yet right next door. Who’d have know what was in store.

Lives were shattered and people were battered and everyone’s left without hope.

But the world will turn, the sun will rise again, we’ll have to learn how to cope.

Chorus:

But if we all lend a hand to our brothers, and we all pull together for one another.

Then there’s hope and there’s light,

We know we can’t make it right,

But we’ll try and we’ll help and ………we’ll fight……to survive another day X4

Nah nah’s

We’ll fight……to survive another day X4

REPEAT INTRO TO ENDING

Looking At A Life Gone By

Written By: Andrew Griffiths

LOOKING AT A LIFE GONE BY © Andrew W Griffiths FEB-11 (905 483 5800 cell)

INTRO

THERE’S A PICTURE OF ME ON THE WALL

BUT I HARDLY RECOGNIZE THIS CHARACTER AT ALL

WHAT ARE ALL THOSE LINES DOING THERE

AND WHAT IS IT AT WHICH HE STARES

CHORUS

MUST BE LOOKING AT A LIFE GONE BY, MUST BE LOOKING AT A LIFE GONE BY

MUST BE LOOKING AT A LIFE GONE BY,

MUST BE THINKING ‘BOUT THE STRUGGLE AND A LIE

MUST BE THINKING ‘BOUT THE STRUGGLE AND A LIE,

HIYIIIII ….. HIYIIIII ….. HIYIIIII……. HIYIIIII

SO MANY THINGS THAT COULD’VE BEEN DONE

AND NOW HERE HE IS UNDER THE GUN

WAITING FOR GOD IN A FORSAKEN LAND

AND WONDERING, IF HE COULD’VE BEEN A BETTER MAN

CHORUS

SOME PEOPLE SAY IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

WELL, I’VE GOT A PIECE OF THAT STEAK ON MY PLATE

I NEVER KNEW THE MEANING OF QUIT

BUT THEN AGAIN YOU MIGHT JUST SAY I’M FULL OF IT

CHORUS (extended)

OUTRO

The Stars Will Dance

Written By: Andrew Griffiths

THE STARS WILL DANCE © Andrew W Griffiths
Mar 2010 (905 483 5800 cell)

INTRO

I STAND ON THE HILL SIDE LOOKING ON THE VALLEY DOWN BELOW
ROWS OF OLIVE TREES SWAY IN A GENTLE APRICOT BREEZE.
DRINK MY WINE I’M FEELING FINE
GOT ME NO WHERE TO GO TODAY, YAHHH!
SHADES OF BLUE ARE HERE TO STAY

CHORUS 1
WARM MY HEART IN THE SUNNY DAYS OF THE SOUTH
WITH THE NIGHTS BRIGHTLY LIT BY THE MOON
AND THE STARS WILL DANCE TO THIS LITTLE TUNE
WELL YOU KNOW THEY WOULD NOT SHOW BUT FOR YOU MY DEAR
WOH O WOH YA!

WE TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS TO A PEAK ABOVE …YA YA
LOOKING DOWN ON THE VILLAGE FULL OF LOVE
OH AND THE LAVENDER FIELDS, THE COLOUR UNREAL
THE CALM WASHING OVER YOU, YOU CAN’T BUT FEEL
LIKE YOU’RE IN A DREAM, YOU DON’T WANT IT TO END

CHORUS 1

CHORUS 2
BUT FOR YOU THEY’LL DANCE TIL THE NIGHT IS CLEAR
AND THE STARS WILL DANCE TIL THE DAY IS HERE
AND FOR YOU THEY’LL SHINE AS BRIGHT AS CAN BE
AND FOR YOU THEY’LL SHINE LIKE A SPARKLING SEA
WOH O WOH YA!

LEAD

CHORUS 1 (breakdown)

CHORUS 2
+
AND THE STARS WILL DANCE HOO HOOO!
AND THE STARS WILL SHINE WOH YAAA!
AND THE STARS WILL DANCE HOO HOOO!
AND THE STARS WILL SHINE WOH WOH YAAA!
+
CHORUS 2 (with lead)

OUTRO

Discography

NO REASON - 8 Song EP 

LOOKING AT A LIFE - Release date : Sept 24, 2011 

MIND ON OTHER THINGS - Release date : Feb 15, 2013

STELLA STARTED IT! - Release date : Fall 2015

(Songs are also available in instrumental only.)