Prime pick­ing from gui­tar leg­end

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY INFORMATION - Book­ings for Satur­day’s 7.30pm gig at the Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club, Al­bert St can be made by email or by phon­ing 06 329 8808. Tick­ets are $20. Go to grahamwardrop.com for links to YouTube clips and other info.

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.

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Vir­tu­osos gui­tarist, singer/song­writer and luthier, Gra­ham Wardrop.

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