Cogeco Stage - Sunday June 16, 1:15 pm
About the Artist
Local Roots – 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 company Archimage Design & Drafting Services Inc.), look after aging parents, raise a family, travel the world and at one point … lose his thyroid to cancer.
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. And 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.
ALBUM #3 in now in the works. ‘STELLA STARTED IT!’ Looking forward to a release in the spring of 2015.
Much of the 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.
ANDY is a energetic and passionate rootsy folkin’ rock singer/songwriter who writes from gut feelings and personal experiences. He sings lead and plays a driving rhythmic/percussive style on acoustic guitar. 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!
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