age 72, Shayn is having his third or fourth adolescence. He puts
his many years of guitar playing and singing to work in the New
Church of Boulder Valley, where he was music director for many
the beginning it was fun playing Del Shannon and the Kingston
Trio, but then the Beatles came on the scene and Shayn entered a
new realm of musical experience. His first band was he and his
cousin Pam playing Beatle songs. The Stinkbugs, they
called themselves. His next band, The Belfreez, was a bit
batty and formed in 1965. Shayn remembers playing their first gig
at the local Methodist church. What goes around comes around, they
it was on to The Individual Needs from 1967-1968 playing
at school dances and the YMCA. In the early 70's, Buffalo,
NY saw The Quicksand Band quickly sink into oblivion. Too
the mid-70's Shayn went undercover as a country on-air personality
at WWOL-Radio in Buffalo, NY. Jack Gillan was his
persona. Listen to this aircheck from those days...
the 1980s, Shayn arrived in Colorado and his 45 year collaboration
with Joe Grossman in Pat 'n Mike & James has produced
some outstanding and innovative tunes. Give a listen to Orion.
bands later, Men Without Pants made its debut to Boulder
audiences and wowed with more than just knobby knees. MWP
later took a backseat to the Backporch Symphony Orchestra.
Then, there were several of years with the smokin' Front Range
Burners not to mention the popular dance band, The
Mighty Planktones who sold out a Wednesday summer night at
the Rock 'n Soul Cafe in Boulder.
June, 2015, Shayn assembled some of his musician buddies to play
at his retirement celebration from the University of Colorado . It
was a private gathering at the popular Nissi's nightspot in
Lafayette, Colorado. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen were Joe
Grossman, Dan Organ, Trish Pottersmith, Greg Coffin, and Henrik
Shayn kicks up his heels with The Boot Squad.They are
David Roth, Gael Lester, Greg Coffin, Jordan Boatman, and Caitlin
DeBoer. Give them a listen to here...
for tuning in! Sit back, relax, and enjoy some original music