FIN | Blues-, Classic-Rock
Whoever hears the name Ben Granfelt for the first time is probably not aware of the exceptional musician it is.
In the 1980s he began his musical career with the Finnish rock band Gringos Locos, only to take part in the Finnish cult band Leningrad Cowboys after just a few years. He was active there until the 1990s, after which he recorded a few albums with the Guitar Slingers, but at the same time he also promoted his solo project, the Ben Granfelt Band.
Granfelt's playing qualities did not go unnoticed by Andy Powell, who brought him to Wishbone Ash as second guitarist in early 2000. During the Wishbone Ash phase, the band also released two albums, in which Granfelt also contributed significantly to the songwriting. Among other things, "Faith, Hope And Love" and "Allmighty Blues" come from his pen.
From 2004 Granfelt devoted himself mainly to his own band d. Granfelt convinces on the studio records with a strong, mostly very melodic songwriting and his songs cover the spectrum from blues to rock music to progressive elements.
Live, the Ben Granfelt Band is a top-class band. With the current line-up, the power trio is heating up the fans enormously. Granfelt can fully rely on his companions, who lay the foundation for the concerts with their rhythm work. Granfelt can let off steam on the guitar to his heart's content. At times he lets his guitar almost caress him, he literally sings while editing or shines with hard rock riffs that literally lift the ceiling in clubs.
Another great strength is the authentic, humorous style of the Finn, who quickly manages to take the audience on a journey of high guitar playing art, which usually ends appropriately with his song "Going Home".
His new album "Gratitude" will be released in June 2023. It is a dedication to Gary Moore, Jeff Beck and Robin Trower, Ben's favorite guitarist since he started playing guitar at the age of 11.