Friday 17th August 2012. There was a warm welcome back to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire for the Christchurch based, New Zealand singer song-writer, guitarist and luthier.
“Wardrop is special and his musicianship and persona are to be treasured” Nelson Mail.
Graham has received rave reviews for his tributes to Bob Dylan and the Beatles but his own songs are equally dazzling, sophisticated and beautifully produced.
Graham has been acclaimed as New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist. After thirty years in the professional arena, he is regularly called upon to give concert performances, to play on television and studio recording sessions, to hold workshops in advanced fingerstyle techniques for steel string guitar, along with providing atmospheric music in sophisticated dining situations.
Graham has performed solo and alongside some of the world’s finest musicians, dazzling audiences at countless festivals, concerts and corporate functions.
Not only does Graham maintain a busy performance schedule, but he also handcrafts instruments on which he performs.
He is a musician of great versatility and his love of balance, harmony and precision culminates in his richness of sound and a unique style of performance.
Since moving back to New Zealand in 1984 a solo career has been pursued. Graham has continued to write songs, to compose instrumental guitar solos and to record in his home based studio in Christchurch. He now has five solo CDs to his credit and a live CD ‘Live Takes’ with long time friend and one of New Zealand’s great piano playing vocalists, Elizabeth Braggins. His passion for the guitar also extends to the craft of luthiery and most of the instruments he plays these days he has built himself.
The entrance fee for the evening was £7 for members and £8 for non-members. The event started at 8.00 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.
Based in the Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Hinckley ACT is a high quality music venue that offers an informal and intimate atmosphere for concerts and for the monthly club nights, where musicians can come along and ‘take the stage.’ Established by company chairman, Keith London, on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling (A.C.T.), the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.
There is a licensed bar and ample free car parking.