The Band


 

Grand Boys regroup and get back to basics

The Grand Boys celebrated being 21 years old in December 2011. We were founded to help raise funds for PKU Research at Yorkhill Hospital. Over these years we have raised around £400.000 from gigs, functions, CD’s, prize bingo, raffles and countless donations. We also have our own charity shop now which sells 2nd hand furniture (see shop page).

The Grand Boys band members have obviously changed over the years but our fundamental ideals are the same. We give to charity. We have performed hundreds of gigs over this time and hopefully gave a lot of people enjoyment with our brand of music. We were always known from the beginning for our versions of many popular Scots/Irish folk songs and country songs which always went down really well and a lot of these songs became known as ‘ Grand Boy Songs’. It is for this very reason we have went back to our roots and rearranged a lot of these songs and added a good few more. Our sound is now more what people would expect to here from us and we have been practising very hard over the last year improving our set. A new 17 track CD titled ‘ Keys to the Door’  has just been recorded to celebrate our achievement of reaching 21 years. The current line up is John Wardynec on drums, Allan Marshall on saxophone/vocals, Colin Sinclair on accordion, Adrian Robertson guitars/vocals, Richelle Waghorn vocals and myself John Griffin on guitar/banjo/bodhran/vocals. Colin Sinclair (pictured left) has shown tremendous loyalty to The Grand Boys over the past 12 or so years and for this I would like to thank him for giving his undoubted musical talents to help other people in need. We also have another drummer  Allan Stewart who gives his time and talent to The Grand Boys.

Allan Marshall has came on really well with his saxiphone and is now adding so much to our songs and I would like to thank him for putting so much work into learning such a difficult instrument .

Richelle Waghorn has  joined The Grand Boys a few months ago and has been rehearsing with the band every week. She has added so much to the sound with her lovely voice putting backing vocals to our songs and recently singing lead so we really appreciate her coming along and giving her time and talents. She also makes delicious home-made muffins!

 

Alf and Richelle Waghorn

This lovely couple have moved from Vancouver to Bannockburn recently and have helped the band so much. Alf is a very experienced Sound Engineer who is originally from Bannockburn and has helped us tremendously since we met him. Richelle , as I have explained above has given the band a big lift.

Book The Grand Boys Now!

To book The Grand Boys contact myself John Griffin at grandboys@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01786 812635. We can do private parties/functions or pubs and hotels for entertainment . We come with all our own top of the range PA system and distance is not a problem(within reason) CD playing background music is also provided if required. If you would like to see The Grand Boys before you book then get in touch with me and it can be arranged. All our fees for performing less expenses go into the charity pot of the band and is handed over each Christmas to various charities.

Grand Boys new CD out soon

A new 17 track CD is soon to be released by The Grand Boys to mark our achievement of reaching 21 years on the road. It’s titled ‘Keys to the Door’ and  recording has been carried out by Ryan Griffin who has done an excellent job and we would like to thank him for that. It has now been  completed and ready for mixing. The CD features a lovely selection of Scots/Irish folk songs and some country songs. It will be available at all gigs or The Grand Boys Charity shop in Bannockburn. It can also be ordered by emailing grandboys@hotmail.co.uk            The CD will be available for a donation of £10 and all proceeds will go to worthy causes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Grand Boys February 2012

All smiles!

 

 

 

 

  Here’s a lovely photo of  The Grand Boys minus Alan Marshall just after a practice recently. left to right Adrian Robertson, John Griffin, Richelle Waghorn, John Wardynec and Colin Sinclair. If we look cold it’s because we are,  it was freezing that day! As you have  probably  guessed  that’s the mighty Grand Boys Van behind us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a blast from the past !
The Grand Boys in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae in July 1994. Thousands of pounds were raised in ‘The Tavern’ when we visited the Island three times each year back in the nineties.

Left to right at rear – Harry Wright (drummer) John Hamilton (guitar &vocals) ‘Doc’ Paton (bass guitar,whistle & vocals)

Bobby Simpson (lead guitar & vocals, Liam ‘Spider’ Kelly (keyboards). At front – Adrian Robertson (lead guitar & vocals), myself John Griffin with my son Sean and my trusty banjo!

 

 

 

Roy Smith at The Leapark Hotel
Here’s Roy Smith at The Leapark Hotel in Grangemouth. Roy has been helping with The Grand Boys for years now, van driver, roadie and a big help in general. During gig nights he is invaluable and we would like to thank him for giving his time and support.

Send mail to John Griffin grandboys@hotmail.co.uk with questions or comments about this web site and I will get back to you

 

 

 

 

 

This page updated 20th February 2012