Rain is the new single, released March 14th, taken from Groucutt & Haynes debut album ‘Another Good Reason’.
“Jack Johnson meets a modern day Simon and Garfunkel. Not to be missed…” BBC Radio WM
The new single Rain by Groucutt & Haynes includes a live version of ‘Life’ as a b-side.
Both Robin Groucutt and Dan Haynes wanted to break away from previous singer-songwriter backgrounds so formed the duo in September 2008. With a full band show, full of harmonies, with flashes of saxophone, flute, ukulele and even a mysterious didgeridoo player, the pair certainly managed to for fill their ambition.
Late in 2008 the first collaborative G&H effort hit the airwaves in the form of ‘Stung’. Being played on local radio the folk rock duo’s music was being likened to Jack Johnson and describe as sounding like a modern day version of Simon and Garfunkel, a hugely over whelming label for a small independent duo from Stourbridge. With the name beginning to grow Groucutt and Haynes were asked to play acoustic supports for the likes of Richie Havens, Elkie Brooks, Midge Ure as well as midlands blues legend Ian Parker.
“A perfect blend of folk pop. Great acoustic guitar and truly beautiful harmonies”
Digital Gig, Online Magazine
In January 2009 the first official single ‘You Come Alive’ was launched in hope of building on the success of ‘Stung’. ‘You Come Alive’ was a more summary entry from the guys with intricate guitar work of Dan being laid on the funky, and now much loved Djembe part of Rob. Slots on festival stages would follow the release with one highlight being the famous Shropshire festival, Farmer Phil’s. An hour long set played to a warm and appreciative Farmer Phil’s crowed would not only see the single played alongside live favourites such as the new single ‘Rain’ and ‘High On The Time’ but, would also see Mr Minar take centre stage for the first time armed with his didgeridoo.
More recognition of the ability of G&H came through them being short listed to the final 9 bands in the 2009 ‘Hollyoaks Unsigned’ competition. After a day of filming on the set of Hollyoaks they made their first TV appearance, as the full band, on channel 4 in October 2009.
Along side all of this Groucutt and Haynes were busy behind the scenes recording and planning the release of their debut album ‘Another Good Reason’. On September 30th 2009 G&H independently released this album with an album launch party at a jam packed Robin 2, Bilston. Making their way to the stage for a full band show the duo played songs from ‘Another Good Reason’ along with new previously unheard material which showed another style and maybe a little peak into the direction of the next G&H project.
Throughout 2010 Groucutt and Haynes became a common name on many smaller festivals play lists and the debut album has become more widely known. With a growing appreciation of the pair’s writing ability they have been approached by independent film makers wanting to use there music. In September 2010 G&H recorded a song for a feature length film ‘Inspector Drake’ with the song due to appear along side other Groucutt and Haynes material.