Prime picking from guitar legend
A musician regarded by many to be New Zealand’s finest finger-style guitarist, is coming to the city. Christchurch based guitarist Graham-Wardrop has worked extensively in Australia, Asia, Canada, the UK, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and occasionally Europe.
Amember of pioneering early 70s Dunedin band Lutha, over the years Graham has played alongside and opened for the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor, Leo Kottke, Manhattan Transfer, Michael Crawford, Jerry and the Pacemakers, and Vanessa May.
In 2013 on his seventh Canadian tour taking in British Columbia and Alberta, he joined JUNO Award winner and recipient of the Order of Canada, Valdy, playing in front of sold out houses, to standing ovations and tumultuous encores.
Last year he was invited by the Mayor of Ingersoll, Ontario, to performat the Canterbury Folk Festival which features some of Canada’s finest musicians and songwriters.
When not playing concerts, Graham builds guitars, and is at present working on a new CD, his sixth.
He has also played several times at Tokomaru’s Bent Horseshoe Cafe to great acclaim. This Saturday night, the caff’s Steve Tolley is bringing Graham to the Hokowhitu Bowling Club.
‘‘His guitar playing is something to behold, just incredible,’’ Steve reckons.
Virtuosos guitarist, singer/songwriter and luthier, Graham Wardrop.