The Poet in Me
The Poet in Me
The Poet in Me
I have just finished recording my new album, “The Poet In Me”. I’m delighted with the early mixes, 12 new tracks recorded and produced by Angus Lyon at Gran’s Studio in Bigger on the banks of the River Clyde. This time round I have a much smaller team, they have been superb, with Angus himself on Keyboards, and Accordion, Anna Massie on Guitar, Fiddle and Banjo and Stevie Lawrence on Mandocello, Bass, Percussion and Small Pipes. It’s going too be difficult to better my last album “Fragile” but I have high hopes, listen out for Anna singing a song I wrote last year, “Captain Oh My Captain” and the title track which was inspired by York Poet Don Walls. Don’t worry there are 10 more good tracks to keep you listening. I hope to have the album ready for release in early September. If you’re interested in an advanced copy please send me your address and I will keep you informed as to when it’s ready.
Recently I was on a train journey and able to listen to “The Poet In Me” uninterrupted. I thought it was the best CD Stan has produced
In many CDs the weaker tracks are left to the end but tis was not the case on The Poet In Me which contains strong tracks throughout,
I particularly like The Poet In Me and Walking in My Fathers Footsteps which was of particular significance as I am trying to piece together some missing years in my fathers life which I could not find before he died and my mother passed away with dementia so could not hlp fill in the details.
Over the past few years many songs have been written about aspects of the First World War and I thought that The Bradford Pals and Weeping Willow Tree are two of the best.
The songs Transportation Orders and Australia Bound build on previous songs with a focus on Australia.
Overall a great album and I’m looking forward to the next.
Review Of ‘Fragile’ by Stan Graham.
***** (5 Stars)
Stan Graham’s songs are from the heart and speak to the heart. Fragile is his fifth studio album over the last decade or so. In that time he has accompanied Vin Garbutt on a tour of Australia, and has had his songs recorded by Vin, George Hamilton IV, and Martyn Wyndham-Read , among others.
The melodies are instantly memorable, and on this release he is accompanied by such fine musicians as Emily Smith, James McClennon, Anna Massie, Stewart Hardy, Wendy Weatherby (cello), Iain Sandilands (percussion) and James Lindsay (bass). Credit to Angus Lyon of Blazin’ Fiddles for production, along with keyboard and accordion duties.
Prior to his recording career, Stan spent nearly 40 years in the Forces, and the wisdom of the years is evident in his songwriting. His voice is warm, soothing and unforced, and his lyrics speak for a generation. Memory is a strong thread through the album (‘Tiptoe Up The Flight Of Stairs’, ‘Down Memory Lane’ ). Every track is brilliantly crafted but ‘Fathers and Sons’ deserves a special mention. On the surface, his themes may appear deceptively simple, but the unhurried songs are poignantly deep and enriching.
Colin Bailey. Rock and Reel. Issue 57 2016.
Following the excellent R2s 5star review of Stan’s New Album “Fragile”, Rock “N” Reel have published a follow up “Insight” Article outlining Stan’s development, successes and experiences as a songwriter. The article is on page 90 of November/December 2016 Magazine.
I’m delighted to be able to tell you that “The Olive And The Vine” a song I originally wrote for my very good friend Marytyn Wyndham-Read was selected by an influential panel of Radio Presenters in Australia and America as one of the Folk Songs Of The Decade.
Derek Sivers CEO of the American based Music Web Site CD Baby, has selected one of Stan’s Albums as one of his all time favourites out of 150,000 artists. One of Stan’s tracks “Time Like The Tides” will be published on a CD of songs which will accompany Derek’s Auto Biography “Anything You Want” which has just been published and is available on Amazon. Check it out at; http://sivers.org/a
One of my songs is included on this months Rock”n”Reel Magazine CD. The responce has been amazing not only in CD sales but also in downloads. My thanks to everyone who has contacted me and for their kind words and complements. Opposite you will find the Colin Bailey’s 5 star review. Thank you R2.
What can I say the cds are superb, the songs are moving and very relevant, the arrangements complement the songs perfectly. Brian Hodge London.
A FINE COMPLEMENT, FROM JOHN STOREY – THANK YOU!
Sunday afternoon, lousy weather, nights drawing in, nowt on t’telly so I set up a play list of classic folk via my napster Internet connection, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Show of Hands, Judy Collins, etc. then I settle down in the sitting room, Sarah listening to the same playlist in the kitchen. >> A few tracks in and there in the middle of all these lovely songs is Stan Graham with “time like the tides” and wow it stands up so well against these classics! Great stuff Stan. We just wanted to tell you.
I have only just returned from a wonderful weekend in Holland at the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuisen. The Martime Festival was excellent with the best of Hollands Shanty Groups singing their hearts out and me the Lone Songwriter, not the Lone Ranger popping up to sing my songs. It was a great opportunity for me to sing Whitby Harbour with Kees Kwant’s excellent group “Nelson’s Blood” and also try out a new song written for the occaison called “Beside The Zuider Zee” I sang this with the ladies of the Lakeside Singers, video to follow. My thanks to everyone concerned for a wonderful weekend of music and friendship.
Monday 10th September 2018 Chitchester Folk Club
Wednesday 17th October Pickering Acoustic FC with Ramshackle
Sunday 4th November York Festival Of Remembrance, York Barbican.
Tuesday 20th November 2018 Bridlington Folk Club
Sunday 25th November Cultural Connections, Dumfries House, Ayrshire.
Friday 28th December The Blue Bell Hotel Driffield with Edwina Hayes and Dave Burland
York Winter Folk Day 28th January 2019
March 30th Amsterdam, Holland House Concert
Halsway Manor Somerset Music Week 29th April to 3rd May 2019
1st and 2nd June City Of York Folk Festival
3rd to 6th October Tenterden Folk Festival
Sunday 17th November Guisborough Rugby Club Folk Club.