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.
“Stan’s songs have an easy elegance that is not easy to achieve – they are gentle on the ear yet powerful in their message, accessible and engaging – you just want to sing along to the choruses – his singing’s good too, with good range and the musicians he works with make his recordings varied and interesting”g>”Stan’s songs have an easy elegance that is not easy to achieve – they are gentle on the ear yet powerful in their message, accessible and engaging – you just want to sing along to the choruses – his singing’s good too, with good range and the musicians he works with make his recordings varied and interesting”
***** (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”n”Reel. Issue 57 2016.
2nd September Middleton Village Hall
11th October – Aberystwth Folk Club
12th October – Aberystwyth Arts Centre