We are a pop/country/folk duo called Grafton Ash, the core of the band being Dan Roberts on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, with Dan Blake on percussion and harmonies.
We have been writing and recording together now for two years.
We both met at Middle School in Bromsgrove, we didn’t really know each other well there, but developed a really good musical working relationship just after our college years.
We both come from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
We went through a lot of names that just didn’t really suit us. The name Grafton Ash comes from the street names we grew up on as kids.
We are currently in the mixing stage of our EP and we are working with a really talented producer, Dave Draper. We have had a big interest from a label based in the USA, we met but we haven’t taken that approach any further as of yet.
We also haven’t announced the title of our EP just yet either, but … it’s coming and it’ll be ready for digital download and physical purchase this summer 2015.
Our main influences are from a country background. The early stages of American country music such as James Taylor, John Denver and Glen Campbell, right up to the current new edgy sound with focusing on strong harmonies with the likes of the Zac Brown Band and The Eagles.
We also have to mention that one of our main influences come from Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. What an absolutely epic duo?! Our on stage approach, I’d say, is a mix of those guys and Jason Mraz whom we are also a big fan of.
We currently have a rather small following! We hope Livestock Festival will increase that for us. Who goes to our gigs..? Friends, family and their dogs!
Yeah it was great! It was our first gig in Gloucestershire, and what a brilliant night it was. We had such a great response from all involved there and to see a new audience really listening and enjoying really made it for us.
Honestly? Can’t wait! It looks like we’re opening the first ever Livestock Festival. That in is an honour in itself and we can’t wait to then relax, meet a few people and watch the great acts that follow.
Yes, this will be our first major festival. Everyone plays their local festivals, but this is a grand stage for us.
Bar none – Gloucester Guildhall. Such a lovely venue, it’s definitely somewhere we’d love to be invited to.
It would have to be seeing Zac Brown Band at Shepherds Bush Empire. That was a real special night. Not to mention seeing Jason Mraz a few years ago at The Royal Albert Hall and Art Garfunkel in Birmingham. We have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to them all, which just enhances any show experience!
It would be supporting any of our inspirations. That venue would HAVE to be Red Rocks in Colorado, just wow.
We are so focussed on music at the minute, so when we aren’t making music we’re either writing emails about our music or annoying some industry person.
Uncaged by Zac Brown Band. You won’t be disappointed.
To be able to continually make music, play shows and see the world in the process!
Yeah, that was out of the blue! We were so taken back when we received the tweet, what a true gent. It’s great that he loves what we’re doing. We plan to send him an EP and hope he can make it to a show soon!
We’re really still in the stage of taking advice! But, so far, we have learnt that hard work pays off – find your sound and believe in it.
We hope to be invited back to Livestock next year, and we’d love to be pushing for Glastonbury too!
For more information or to keep up-to-date with the band’s latest news visit graftonash.com directly.
By Alice Lloyd
Monday 13 July 2015
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