The strength of any artist in show business these days is to know when to change their style and direction; to progress and develop and move forward, instead of resting on their laurels of former glories. The great art, however, is to anticipate future trends and remain one step ahead of the pack, by making exactly the right move at exactly the right time.
For The Grumbleweeds, who continue to enjoy tremendous success in the business, 1998 marked an exciting change in their career. After 25 yrs in show business, as a five piece musical band, the group decided that the time was right to make a major change in direction.
Drawing on all their years of experience and know how, they developed, up dated, and introduced a sparkling new, fast moving act, embracing the entire spectrum of entertainment, to take them into the millennium with a vengeance. Yet despite the change, the emphasis has remained very firmly placed on music, comedy and impressions. The Grumbleweeds are featuring a much wider range of impersonations in their act, all current favourites and bang up to the minute. New trends are anticipated and new stars put into the act as soon as they achieve success. The act is continually updating its material
The Grumbleweeds success over the past thirty odd years has been moulded to perfection through domestic cabaret clubs, concerts, pantomimes and summer seasons. It was on Radio however, that they made a major breakthrough with their highly successful BBC Radio 2 series, The Grumbleweeds Radio Show, which ran from 1979 to 1988. Fifteen series of programs in all and received the prestigious “Best Radio Show” award from The Television and Radio Industries Awards in 1983
The Grumbleweeds story started in Leeds in 1962, when the group was first formed by Robin Colvill and Graham Walker. They spent the next few years undertaking the usual round of clubs and pubs in their native Yorkshire and overseas engagements in Germany, following in on the footsteps of bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. They turned fully professional in 1967, following an appearance on televisions, Opportunity Knocks. They went on to appear on “Max Bygrave Meets New Faces”, courtesy of Johnny Hamp, who nearly twenty years later, masterminded their popular T.V. series, ambiguously titled, The Grumbleweeds Radio Show.
In the years in between, the group , now slimmed down to the originals, Robin Colvill and Graham Walker have enjoyed success in most aspects of entertainment, even down to appearing on such programs as Emmerdale and Heartbeat as serious actors.
They are heralded throughout the business by their peers, as “The Governors”, enjoying record breaking success in virtually every major seaside resort in the U.K., Australia, Germany, The Falklands, South America, Spain, The Canarys, New Zealand and cruise ships all over the world. They maintain the enviable skill of being able to entertain an audience ranging from family to stag to corporate with apparent ease
The Grumbleweeds are firmly established as a number one attraction in the country and look forward to enjoy even more success in the future.
A brand new comedy duo ( With a combined 80 years experience)