We are GRAND.
Described as a melting pot of influence ranging from
Blues to Ska, Reggae, Swing and on toward Punk, Gypsy
Folk and Irish folk (or skappalacian music
as we like to call it).
The group was conceived through a shared love of these
types of music; however our original music is our way
of taking these older styles and using them to create
Polyphonic melodies are our cup of tea and every member
of the band can take the lead while also playing his
or her part in creating the wall of sound.
Philip (Phily) Kermode provides the main vocals, whilst
every other member of the band sings (but mostly roars)
backing vocals. Peter Barnett (Double Bass) Daniel McEvoy
(Snare & Percussion) & John Hand (Cajon) AKA
the steam-train drive the group forward with pounding
groove & rhythm. Robin Matthews (Banjo) & Sile
Ni Rian (Fiddle) add a twist of folk to the group, switching
between chords and melody just as seamlessly as they
switch from traditional to more modern styles. On the
top of it all sits the screaming/rasping trumpet of
Kiefer Wilton, providing the main riffage in place of
the typical rock-band lead guitar.
Having gigged extensively in the Ireland on the festival
circuit of 2015/2016, which consisted of Vantastival,
Body & Soul, Knockanstockan, Scrobarnach, Electric
Picnic and recently returning from the UK, we pride
ourselves in making audiences move their limbs, tighten
their facial muscles and get loose!!!
Tipped by Hotpress magazine as one to watch,
GRAND have recently completed their second studio effort
entitled The Thrill of the Chase , due to
be released by late autumn.
Looking to the future we recommend you keep an eye out
for a show near you!!