Ben Granfelt Band

Ben Granfelt Band

Ben Granfelt Band in Hamburg, Germany, 2009
Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genres Blues, rock, progressive, groove
Years active 1993–present
Labels Sprucefield

Ben Granfelt Website

Ben Granfelt Band Myspace
Members Ben Granfelt
Miri Miettinen
John Vihervä
Robert Engstrand
Past members Kari Leppälä
Ako Kiiski
Lauri Porra
Anssi Växby
Harri Rantanen
Kasper Mårtenson

Ben Granfelt Band is a Finnish progressive blues-rock band formed in 1993. Led by singer-guitarist Ben Granfelt, Ben Granfelt Band (BGB) has released ten albums worldwide and toured clubs and festivals in Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Austria, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates where they appeared at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Jazz Festivals. BGB’s latest album Kaleidoscope was released on Feb 4, 2009 in Finland with the rest of Europe following later that spring. The band is currently working on their 11th album due for release in September 2010.[1]

BGB's music is described as a pure cocktail of rhythm, melody and soul where even progressive and heavy rock music styles blend in naturally. Some of their musical influences include the likes of Gov’t Mule, Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton and Robin Trower.[1]

Ben Granfelt is a guitarist best known from his work in Leningrad Cowboys, Wishbone Ash,[2] Gringos Locos, Guitar Slingers and his solo band Ben Granfelt Band.[1] Granfelt appears on a total of 26 albums and schedules his life according to the family and hobbies that include martial arts.[1]

Drummer Miri Miettinen has played with BGB since its incarnation. In his extensive career, Miettinen has played drums on over 300 albums as a studio musician and in numerous bands, films and theatrical plays. He is best known for playing with the 1980s rock groups Broadcast and Gringos Locos.[3] He also works as a drum teacher and runs his own studio.[1]

John Vihervä plays bass and was involved in the early stages of Finnish power metal band Stratovarius in 1982-84. "Groovemaster" Vihervä has also played with Five Fifteen, Monsterbore, Käsityöläiset, Boycott, Tommi Läntinen just to name a few.[4]

Robert Engstrand is the newest member of BGB and plays keyboards. His previous musical experience includes working with Swedish progressive rock group The Flower Kings, metal singer Timo Kotipelto, battle metal band Turisas and Finnish legendary rockband Dingo.

Band members

Former band members

Additional musicians on albums



External links

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