About

Club Grand is the online home of the retro lounge stylings of UK band Baby Grand, with the help of a few musician friends along the way...

Baby Grand at Club Grand

Baby Grand

Baby Grand was started by Barry Thompson many moons ago as an interesting diversion between other music projects. In 2018 we blew the dust off, picked the best tracks and gave them a spit and a polish, and added a heap of new ones.

And Dream Of...'s release was met with favourable reviews and airplay across a wide spectrum, from Smooth Radio (UK), to Kansas Public Radio’s syndicated show The Retro Cocktail Hour, and The Ambient Music Guide, where it made their Best Albums of 2018.

Rachel Reason at Club Grand

Rachel Reason

Rachel's lush hamonies on Where Is Love? don't begin to do her range and power justice.

She's been singing in pro and semi-pro rock, pop and ska bands since the 80's, in the UK, Australia and Malaysia, and currently fronts her excellent covers band Rude Awakening.

Esther Oberle at Club Grand

Esther Oberle

Esther contributed the gorgeous vocal on Sweet Music of Love. She currently runs and teaches at the Frankfurt Music Academy.

Jo Ward at Club Grand

Jo Ward

Jo played the sweet lazy trumpet on Sweet Music of Love.

Charlie Thorley at Club Grand

Charlie Thorley

Charlie contributes most of the guitar, and much sage production feedback, via his Wide Open Sound studio in Adelaide, sent via carrier pigeon with a USB port.

He's a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and producer, writing instrumental music and creating audio content for independent short films and TV.

Glenn Sharp at Club Grand

Glenn Sharp

Glenn played the uke on Out Of The City, but is better known as a Grammy-nominated world music session musician, composer and producer.

He specialises in traditional acoustic music (particularly flamenco and arabic), but has also worked on projects including Latin, Indian, African and ancient Greco/Roman music.

Dave Williams at Club Grand

Dave Williams

Dave contributed the dreamy tremolo guitar on the track And Dream Of..., and was the guitarist in the early Baby Grand gigs.

Baby Grand at Club Grand

Baby Grand

Baby Grand was started by Barry Thompson many moons ago as an interesting diversion between other music projects. In 2018 we blew the dust off, picked the best tracks and gave them a spit and a polish, and added a heap of new ones.

And Dream Of...'s release was met with favourable reviews and airplay across a wide spectrum, from Smooth Radio (UK), to Kansas Public Radio’s syndicated show The Retro Cocktail Hour, and The Ambient Music Guide, where it made their Best Albums of 2018.

Charlie Thorley at Club Grand

Charlie Thorley

Charlie contributes most of the guitar, and much sage production feedback, via his Wide Open Sound studio in Adelaide, sent via carrier pigeon with a USB port.

He's a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and producer, writing instrumental music and creating audio content for independent short films and TV.

Rachel Reason at Club Grand

Rachel Reason

Rachel's lush hamonies on Where Is Love? don't begin to do her range and power justice.

She's been singing in pro and semi-pro rock, pop and ska bands since the 80's, in the UK, Australia and Malaysia, and currently fronts her excellent covers band Rude Awakening.

Glenn Sharp at Club Grand

Glenn Sharp

Glenn played the uke on Out Of The City, but is better known as a Grammy-nominated world music session musician, composer and producer.

He specialises in traditional acoustic music (particularly flamenco and arabic), but has also worked on projects including Latin, Indian, African and ancient Greco/Roman music.

Esther Oberle at Club Grand

Esther Oberle

Esther contributed the gorgeous vocal on Sweet Music of Love. She currently runs and teaches at the Frankfurt Music Academy.

Dave Williams at Club Grand

Dave Williams

Dave contributed the dreamy tremolo guitar on the track And Dream Of..., and was the guitarist in the early Baby Grand gigs.

Jo Ward at Club Grand

Jo Ward

Jo played the sweet lazy trumpet on Sweet Music of Love.