July 29th brought New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire. With special guests Nigel Beck and Phil Briggs.
After thirty years in the professional arena, Graham 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.
He has toured with Australia’s Slim Dusty and Anne Kirkpatrick and New Zealand’s Billy T. James. He’s opened shows for Manhattan Transfer, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Vanessa-Mae, Michael Crawford, Joshua Kadison, Icehouse and Jasper Carrot. He’s played alongside Tommy Emmanuel and Gray Bartlett, and played on shows with Martin Taylor, Leo Kottke and Michael Fix.
His warm stage manner puts an audience at ease while he enthralls them with his mastery of a huge range of guitar styles.
Not only does Graham maintain a busy performance schedule, but he also handcrafts the instruments on which he performs.
His ambition ‘to play music I have written on instruments I have built’ reached fruition with the recording of his CD ‘Signature’. Steel string guitar, electric and bass guitars, lap-steel, 12-string soprano guitar and mountain dulcimer all feature on this album.
The entrance fee for the evening was £7 for members and £8 for non-members. The event started at 8 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.