Independent Label Market, November 2014
Having travelled in style from Dorset (Sophie was wise enough to take the bus) and set-up our stall (in the right place!), we sold the first record to Neil – a guy with a very dapper jacket. Then I discovered the beer…
Along with all the other brewers present, this was probably the reason sales dipped in the afternoon. Too many happy-but-skint punters…I’m not surprised, especially with the coffee stout on offer! To enhance the mood, the media boys came round. If they use anything, I hope it makes sense.
After a long and enjoyable day singing, signing and selling we packed up, drove back out through the West End and returned to the Dorset lair at ’round midnight.
Carrying especially borrowed acoustic guitars from Lindo Guitars, Callum and Graham climbed the stairs of a Bournemouth flat towards a very entertaining evening of music and chat. Adding to the sense of expectation, Graham dropped his guitar pick…inside the guitar! A rattle to two later, he and Callum (who plays lead on The Thirteenth Man) were groovin’ again. The video will be added soon!
Lindo Guitars, Bristol
With engineer, co-producer and all round good egg Martin Smith. The guys at Lingo Guitars filmed a few numbers, including this one from my new album:
Bashley Village Show, Saturday 19th July 2014
It was a charity gig and I was doing it as a favour for my old mate, Reg Squires. Callum Gibson (Guitar) and Pip Evans (Bass) came along to do their bit. Thanks guys! Weather-wise, it was ‘touch and go’ if we’d be able to perform on the day – with thunderstorms and downpours the night before and showers forecast.
Luckily, the sun came out, the gig went ahead and everybody had a great time. They’ve asked us to do their festival next year, so look out for us on either Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th August 2015.
Maverick Festival 4-6 July 2014
It was the 7th Maverick ‘Americana’ Festival in Woodbridge, Suffolk this past weekend (4-6th July) and as it turned out, lucky seven for me. Guesting on the bill was an old session mate, David Hood, that legendary ‘Swamper’ from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
It had been 43 years since I’d played with David and the guys at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in 1971 - so we had a lot to catch up on.The outcome is we are both up for getting together next Spring, in Alabama, to record a new album of my songs. So watch this space!
Some of the other people I bumped into were Hannah Aldridge, a great singer-songwriter who hails from Muscle Shoals, now based in Nashville. The ‘House of Hats’ group from Brighton who have fantastic harmonies and were a great set of guys and gal. Danya Kurtz, a singer-songwriter with a terrific voice ( has dueted with Norah Jones amongst others) who was accompanied by Robert Mache, a top man on electric guitar. So much talent at the gig! Yeh, really glad I went!
Click below for some fantastic reviews about ‘The Thirteenth Man’.
The Fleece, Bristol, 21 June
Graham plays Whatcha Gonna Do About It, again… 49 years after the original session! This time with phenomenal tribute act The Small Fakers.
…and he did play on the single!!
Frampton’s bar, Ringwood; Square Records, Wimborne
Graham Dee & friends, with Callum on guitar and Pip on bass.