Sad­ness as mu­sic fest founder dies

Farewell to jazz mu­si­cian

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

The founder of a pop­u­lar Cal­lan­der mu­sic fes­ti­val has died.

Gra­ham Oliphant (75) passed away this week at Forth Val­ley Royal Hospi­tal, Lar­bert, fol­low­ing ill­ness.

Mr Oliphant was a well known fig­ure in the town, found­ing the Cal­lan­der Jazz and Blues Fes­ti­val, af­ter re­lo­cat­ing from Glas­gow.

A keen mu­si­cian, he played in a num­ber of jazz bands as a drum­mer over the years.

The Cal­lan­der Jazz and Blues Fes­ti­val lead the trib­utes to a ‘dear friend’. They added: “Gra­ham was a pas­sion­ate mu­si­cian and the driv­ing force of the fes­ti­val for over 13 event­ful years, in­tro­duc­ing many mu­si­cians and mu­sic en­thu­si­asts to Cal­lan­der and the Trossachs for the first time.

“Gra­ham was al­ways on hand through­out the fes­ti­val to or­gan­ise, play and en­joy the many bands that made the Cal­lan­der Jazz and Blues Fes­ti­val a fan­tas­tic suc­cess and a great trib­ute to a su­per guy.”

Friend Mal­colm MacA­dam said: “To me he was a man with a big heart for Cal­lan­der and the peo­ple of Cal­lan­der.

“This year’s fes­ti­val has to be a suc­cess in Gra­ham’s mem­ory. We will have to get to work rais­ing the funds for the fes­ti­val so we need to pull out all of the stops as a trib­ute to Gra­ham and all his hard work over the years.”

Trossachs and Teith coun­cil­lor, Martin Earl, who had worked along­side Mr Oliphant in se­cur­ing fund­ing for past edi­tions of the fes­ti­val, added: “It was ex­tremely sad to hear this news.

“Gra­ham was the driv­ing force be­hind es­tab­lish­ing the Cal­lan­der Jazz & Blues Fes­ti­val as a ma­jor an­nual event in the town. His com­mit­ment and hard work made that pos­si­ble. I know there are peo­ple de­ter­mined to make sure the event con­tin­ues and be­comes a fit­ting legacy to the man that cre­ated it.”

Mr Oliphant is sur­vived by his wife, Shirley.

His funeral will be held on Fri­day Jan­uary 18 in the St Mungo Chapel, Linn Cre­ma­to­rium at 3pm. All fam­ily and friends are re­spect­fully in­vited.

Warm trib­utesGra­ham Oliphant

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