Stan Graham (Born Stanley Graham) is an English Folk Singer, Songwriter and Broadcaster, his music is popular both in the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
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|Birth name||Stanley Graham|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter Broadcaster, Tutor|
|Website||Stan Graham's official website|
Stan Graham was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 12th April 1946. He attended Whitley Bay Park Secondary School. After a short period as an apprentice draftsman at Swan Hunters Ship Yard on the Tyne, he enlisted in the British Army. He joined the Army Catering Corps (ACC) in 1963 as an Apprentice Chef at St Omer Barracks Aldershot. He had a distinguished and varied career, serving in many different countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Borneo, Germany and the Outer Hebrides. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, where he was awarded a General Service Medal (NI) and was "Mentioned In Despatches". He moved quickly through the ranks as a catering specialist before being commissioned as a Quartermaster in the ACC. His early appointments include a tour of duty as Master Chef of "The 1st Battalion the Gordon Highlanders", a short period as a technical instructor at the Army School of Catering, after which he was then promoted to Warrant Officer First Class (SSM)(Senior Instructor) of the Army Apprentice College ACC. He was commissioned from the Ranks in 1983, held a number of senior appointments as a Catering Specialist in the Outer Hebrides, Shrewsbury, Dortmund and York before becoming a Logistic Specialist on the amalgamation of the Service Corps into the Royal Logistic Corps. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1998 and took up an appointment at SO1 Logistic Support at HQ 2nd Division in York. He retired from the Army 2001 after 36 years service. During his period as a Master Chef he had the privilege of cooking for the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. He was selected as a Judge at the prestigious Hotel Olympia Exhibition in London. A keen sportsman, he represented the Army at Swimming, Water Polo and Squash.
Stan has always been interested in music and songwriting, but his Army career limited his involvement to some appearances as a floor singer at Army Folk Clubs in Germany during the late 1970 and early 1980s. Even during this early period he made some noticeable appearances with the Scottish Folk Group "The McCalman's", "Harvey Andrews", "Jasper Carrot" and "Nigel Kennedy". On his return to the UK in 1991 he settled in York and became a resident singer at the well known Black Swan Folk Club. Vin_Garbutt was the first to recognise Stan's writing ability when he recorded his well known song Sarajevo. This was followed by covers of a number of his popular songs from Martyn Wyndham-Read, George Hamilton IV, Nelson's Blood,The Poms From Aus, and The Tindalls. In 2000 he won the converted Keith Marsden International Song Writing Competition with the title song from his first Album, "These Are My Dreams". This track was later covered by Martyn Wyndham-Read on his "Castles in the Sky" album. The following year he was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Search for a Song Competition and a Runner Up (Folk Music) in the USA International Song Writing Competition]. During his early years he did a short UK tour with the American Music legend George Hamilton IV, supported "Lindisfarne" and The John Wright Band. He has collaborated with the world renowned Jazz Pianist Terry Disley and English Songwriter Mike Silver. In 2000 his song "The Olive and The Vine" was selected by a panel of influential radio presenters from Australia and America as one of the "Folk Songs Of The Decade". Derek Sivers, founder and CEO of CD Baby the Web Based Music Web Site, selected one of Stan's Songs "Time Like The Tides" along with 20 others from out of 150,000 artists to accompany his recent autobiography "Anything You Want". Stan's moving song about children sent to Australia "Doors Ever Open" features on the front page of the Doctor Barnado's website. In 2010 he toured Australia and the Far East with Vin Garbutt, playing at the National Festival in Canberra, The Port Fairly Festival, Fairbridge Folk Festival and many other major venues across the continent.
Style & Interests
Stan is well known for his heartfelt lyrics, memorable melodies and easy going style. His major influences are the American songwriter Tom Paxton, English Folk Legend Ralph McTell and Canadian songsmith Gordon Lightfoot. As you would expect, many of his songs have a military theme, a reflection of his experiences in uniform. One of his other main interests include restoring Classic Volvo sports cars.
Stan is currently concentrating on writing songs for a new album as well as singing at clubs in and around the country and abroad. He is a well respected Song Writing Tutor and was instrumental in setting up the York Songwriters Circle to encourage new talent in the Yorkshire Area. He is also well known for his weekly Folk Music Show which he presents on BBC Radio Yorkevery Wednesday evening.
- These Are My Dreams (Magpie Music 2001)
- More Than Words (Magpie Music 2004)
- Along The Way (Magpie Music 2007)
- Music and Friends (Magpie Music 2009)
- Fragile (Magpie Music 2014)