COLIN GRANT-ADAMS

COLIN GRANT-ADAMS

 Glasgow, Kentucky, USA
BandWorldCeltic

Trad-Classic-Popular songs from Scotland-Ireland/To Bluegrass-Americana-with a twist,-Blended originals in Grant-Adams' unique style. Delightfully entertaining, superb showmanship, contagious personality, mastery of the guitar, and strong powerful compelling vocals will captivate and mesmerize you.

Biography

COLIN GRANT-ADAMS
Scottish Vocalist / Guitarist / Recording Artist

Remembering our past….Creating our future

Scotland is a country that has its own vibrant living tradition, encompassing a melting pot of diverse musical genres that includes Scottish, Irish, Celtic, Country, Jazz, Rock and Popular music, from past and present contributing to the ever expanding global music scene.

Today there are more people of Celtic descent in North America, than in all the European based Celtic countries put together that includes Scotland and Ireland. America has three to four hundred Scottish / Irish festivals throughout the year, with attendances that reach into the thousands.

With more people looking into their ancestral roots, the New World Celts of America are supporting the traditions of the old countries, while appreciating the new mixture of Bluegrass and Americana. Making Colin Grant-Adams one of the premiere international touring and recording artists, in this growing market for Scottish / Irish / Bluegrass and Americana music.
A Toast to Scotland
This musical performance is a tribute to Scotland’s past and present, through songs and stories, from the battlefields of a distant land, the haunting beauty of her misty covered glens, to romance and exploits of the Celtic people, and songs of modern day Scotland.

A phenomenal Scots entertainer, with his exuberating vocals, intricate fiery guitar and irresistible humor has been titled The John Denver of Celtic Music. Grant –Adams is considered one of Scotland’s, foremost ambassador in his genre today.

Having an experienced background in presenting shows in Scotland, Colin strives to help presenters attract audiences to his musical evening, with a marketing strategy committed to promoting performances by press releases, radio and TV appearances, and an excellent diverse e-mail database, built up from Grant-Adams many years of touring.

Stephen Holden, New York Times
“A spirited spokesman of a vigorous Scots folk tradition....”

Richard Van Kleeck, Artistic director / producer
“Any performance by a musician with Colin Grant-Adams, artistic credentials, no matter the venue, implicitly educates and increases public understanding of our own cultural heritage and the passing of tradition from one generation to the next.”

Lyrics

WHERE THE RHODODENDRONS GROW

Written By: COLIN GRANT-ADAMS

Many years ago they sailed far across the seas
Entered into the new land, some went to Tennessee.

Chorus
Where the rhododendrons grow
Where the rhododendrons grow
They settled in the mountains
Where the rhododendrons grow.

Walked along the Greenbrier Trail where they settled years ago.
I’ve have seen the tall pines where the pretty flowers grow.

It must have been hard times living in those hills
But the Scots were hardy folk those men with iron wills.

They gather there today my friends to celebrate highland games
And to their ancestors who to the mountains came.

KENTUCKY IN THE SPRING TIME

Written By: COLIN GRANT-ADAMS

Chorus
Kentucky in the spring time the redbuds are in bloom
Sunshine on my face caressed by that warm breeze
Sweet smell from the dogwood breaking out in bloom
Kentucky in the spring time that’s the place I love to be.

Living in a little cottage down by the waterside
Spending my time watching fishermen at play
To see the fishes jumping the ripples as they subside
The big red sun is setting at the ending of the day.

To sit out on the deck now, with my guitar in my hand
Picking a song while watching the clouds as they drifting by
To feel the love that’s in my heart as I gaze across this land
The feeling of contentment, Mother Nature’s lullaby.

BLUE KENTUCKY SKY

Written By: COLIN GRANT-ADAMS

Back on the farm, where the old homestead stands
Watching the Hound dogs chase a raccoon
Feel the summer breeze from the lake caressing me
And at night hear the coyotes howling at the moon.

Chorus

Where the bluebird sings its song for me
Back on my old Kentucky home
See the red-tailed hawk in the blue Kentucky sky
The voice of Mother Nature calling me.

Standing side by side at the end of the day
Watching the sunset over the lake
No better place but with my true love to be
Back on the farm like wild flowers blooming free.

Sitting on the back porch in an old rocking chair
Watching the Fireflies lighting up the night
Hear the crickets call, in the cool Kentucky air,
Spending life together in this garden of delight.

THE SOLDIER OF WAR A SOLDIER OF PEACE

Written By: COLIN GRANT-ADAMS

One snowy January, morning waiting on a plane
The announcement said it would be late leaving Moline
Finally I got on board, and I found my seat
A young soldier, he sat beside me, one of our fighting elite.

Chorus

He’s a soldier of war a soldier of peace
He’s fighting for you and he’s fighting for me
There are those that agree and some disagree
That’s how we live in the land of the free.

Captain said we’d be leaving soon, we were next in line
As we headed down the runway, I was going home
Soldier said he had been on leave, for week or so
Eleven months of duty in Iraq had another five to go.

Soldier looked out the window, deep within his thoughts
Turned to me and said softly, hope I see my family again
These words struck a cord inside me, going home to my wife
This soldier for some far away land full of conflict and strife.

A week went by and life rolls on, just sweet as can be
Watching the news of the trouble in a world that seemed so far away,
Then I started thinking about the soldier from that plane
In a land of divided people, of the bloodshed and pain.

So as you go about your daily life please keep in mind
The men and women keeping the peace, with their lives upon the line
From the factories and the farmlands and every other walk of life
So we can live a life of freedom far away from the conflict and strife.

Well they’re the soldiers of war, soldiers of peace
They’re fighting for you and they’re fighting for me
There are those that agree and some disagree
That’s how we live in the land of the free.

THE LONE PIPER

Written By: COLIN GRANT-ADAMS

Twenty-fourth of March, a wee boy walked into the room
Said mum there’s a ghost in the graveyard, down by the old oak tree
She smiled to herself for she knew he had seen
The lone piper Jimmy Macfee.

Chorus

And for thirty long years, the lone piper played a tune
For the soldier who fell in the battles of war no more to see his face
Through the wind and the rain, the hail, and the snow
He played amazing grace.

In nineteen seventy-two, a young soldier went off to war
Said, promise when I come home, would you play the pipes for me?
Well this soldier he fell now he lies there in peace
In the shade of that old oak tree.

On the twenty-fourth of March, each year a promise for to keep
He plays the pipes there by the gravestone, with a tear drop in his eye
With passion and pride this long journey he makes
As the years go rolling by.

Discography

Colin Grant-Adams has recorded 9 Albums with six still released
SCOTTISH AMERICAN
SCOTLAND LAND OF MY FATHER
THIS LAND CALLED SCOTLAND
TRADITIONAL & ORIGINAL SONGS OF SCOTLAND
COLIN GRANT-ADAMS & HIS GUITAR
and his latest A TOAST TO SCOTLAND

Set List

Set List and lenth Program can be up to two hours, varies to the gig being played, Concert, Festival, Folk Clubs, School Programs, Workshops
Typical songs range from covers like
The Red Rampant Lion , Farewell to Carlingford to Traditional, The water is Wide, Calton Weaver, and Originals, The Lone Piper, Blood In The Ground, Scottish American