The Poet in Me
The Poet in Me
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.
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.