Gillian Grogan is an independent folk singer and songwriter. The New England and Sonoma based artist now tours the country year-round, sprinkling stories throughout her thoughtful, driven melodies. Gillian's unique blend of Americana, soul, folk, and old time balladry is influenced by a wide and honest spectrum of her experience as a 90’s-female-power-pop fan-girl turned banjo-hugging, bluegrass-loving researcher of many a Child ballad. Her songwriting has been deeply influenced by Bob Dylan, Ben Howard, Anaïs Mitchell, Justin Vernon, and Gillian Welch, among others.
Misadventures Magazine says "Gillian's music is woven with intention and imprinted with the places and people she's come across in her travels."
Witnessing her perform will bring you through a cascade of emotions celebrating and remembering all the different parts of life. The strings frolic alongside a wandering vocal, where finger-picking builds and gets slapped back to silence, there steeping in the warmth of a soulful single note, to stunning effect.
The Woven Collective calls it "an unforgiving tuggin' at your roots, no matter where you come from, her lyrics wash over you like gentle reminders of another life you haven't had yet."
She calls it Full-bodied Folk.
Gillian can be found entrancing the audiences of pubs, galleries, farms, living rooms, city streets, coffee shops, churches, and the stages of iconic rooms such as Club Passim and Steve’s Guitars.
She’s been a fixture of Vermont’s Frendly Gathering Music Festival, and she loves to perform in unorthodox venues like atop a boulder in Joshua Tree to a bunch of campers or to a row of porta-potties at Burning Man for fun.
Gillian released her first solo EP Winter Ballads independently this February. She has also finished recording for her first full length album, to be released in late 2019. She has two previous EPs: "Redbird" (with her old Boston-based band HoneyFoot, 2017) and “Slow Drip” (2016), which may be found and heard here.