Ian Griffin - Britain's Award Winning Keyboard-Organ Player

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Ian Griffin

Telephone Number :  07976 578 726

Email address :  musiciangriffin@gmail.com

Website :  www.iangriffin.org

Address :  119 Delffordd,  Rhos,  Pontardawe,  Swansea,  SA8 3EN 

About Ian

Born 1st June 1965 in Neath, South Wales, Ian won a talent contest produced by Swansea City Council at the age of ten.  He made his first live performance on Independent Local Radio in 1977 and followed this in 1978 by appearing twice on BBC 1 Television (Nationwide) Young Entertainers when he was voted heat winner by the studio audience. 

The same year he performed his first concert for an organ society in the capital of the principality of Wales, since when he has become a very popular performer on the UK organ circuit.

Ian has always been associated with electronic organ-keyboard festivals since the first one at Pontin's Barton Hall in 1980 and the subsequent mega events at Pontin's Tower Beach at Prestatyn, North Wales, where around 2,000 enthusiasts enjoyed weeklong holidays in the summer months of August/September.

In the early 1980's Ian played the 'Spring in Spain' Pontinental Holidays, which was organised by one a former keyboard magazine - bringing sunshine and music together.

In 1987 Ian joined with Richard Bower to form the Keyklix duo, and since then they have delighted audiences throughout the country with their unique brand of music. In 1989 they made their first broadcast by BBC Radio 2 from the Morecambe Organ Festival produced by the Association of Organ Enthusiasts featuring Keyklix 'live' on stage.

In 1996 Ian was appointed the musical director on the HTV's show - "Friday Night Live' with his Casual Affair cabaret show band, which provided the music for the Welsh talent contestants.  It was, in a way, an early form of the X-Factor except that a panel of television celebrities were the judges.  Included on the panel of the final show was Hughie Green who had vast experience of talent with his "opportunity Knocks' shows some years earlier.

In the 2000 years Ian has been proud to be associated with all the major organ-keyboard festival events in the UK.  in 2008 he appeared the first ever Rhine keyboard cruise with Richard Bower and Daniel Watt.

When  electronic manufactures stopped making portable electronic organs, Ian changed his set to to keyboards in organ configuration.  His present set-up includes two Ketron Keyboards with a Roland pedal, which, he claims, produces a sound that cannot be equalled with any other single instrument currently in production.   Occasionally he uses a Hammond XB1 keyboard as a  supplementary instrument to produce some breath taking effects.

 In 2010 Ian's X-Factor feature will be included in the Sand Bay Keyboard Cabaret weekend - making it different to all other events.

Ian's Photo Gallery

In concert with keyboards set up in organ format With Richard Bower - together as KEYKLIX With Ruth Madoc comedy actress

Ian's Concert Diary

Ian's Festival appearances

Ian will also be featured at the following festivals this year.

2024

March 4th

   AOE Musical Break March 24

April 30th

   Chris Powell 3 Night Summer Break in Bournemouth 2024

August 12th

   Music in Llandudno 2024

October 1st

   Music in Stourport-on-Severn 2024

October 21st

   Byron's Music For All Wizard Festival

November 26th

   Tony Stace's Turkey & Tinsel in Music in Bournemouth

2025

March 17th

   Cavalcade Spring Spectacular at Hemsby

Concerts in 2024
January 25thKingswinford and District Organ Society
March 6thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel plus late night duets with David Ingley

March 7thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert & Lunchtime Duets with David Ingley, Stourport Manor Hotel

April 28thBognor Regis MelodyTimes
May 9thCardiff Keyboard Club
May 30thGainsborough Keyboard Showtime
June 12thWorld of Music Dronfield
June 13thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
July 3rdNorwich Keyboard Lounge
July 18thAndover MUSIC at HeART
August 13thMusical Breaks (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, plus late night duets with David Ingley

August 14thMusical Breaks (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno

August 21stBourne Organ and keyboard Club (more details)

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October 1stMusical Breaks (more details)

Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel plus late night duets with David Ingley

October 2ndMusical Breaks (more details)

Informal Morning Concert & Lunchtime Duets with David Ingley, Stourport Manor Hotel

October 4thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
December 5thWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
Concerts in 2025
March 5thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel plus late night duets with David Ingley

March 6thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert & Lunchtime Duets with David Ingley, Stourport Manor Hotel

July 2ndAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel plus late night duets with David Ingley

July 3rdAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert & Lunchtime Duets with David Ingley, Stourport Manor Hotel

November 18thMusical Breaks (more details)

Evening Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, plus late night duets with David Ingley

November 19thMusical Breaks (more details)

Informal Morning Concert, Kensington Hotel, Llandudno