Traditional and Contemporary Folk Singer

“Unaccompanied Folk Singing at Its Loudest (And Best)”

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Biography

Graeme’s singing pedigree covers six generations of singers in his family. Graeme’s direct involvement with folk music goes back over 30 years. He was director of the Doncaster Folk Festival for several years and has been involved in the running of several clubs. Graeme enjoyed a high profile with the Group “Landlocked” for 6 years and over 12 years singing with Jim Mageean, although his repertoire is not restricted to just Shanties, it encompasses Traditional Love Songs, Mining Songs, Gospels, Drinking and Music Hall Songs and some more recently written contemporary songs – many with good enjoyable and singable choruses. His rich baritone voice draws you to join in the singing and his delivery and presence make for a most memorable evening.

Graeme’s various voyages with the Jubilee Sailing Trust means he delivers his signature song “Don’t disable me” with extra gusto.

As well as being a regular performer at many Folk clubs and Festivals in the UK Graeme regularly appears at clubs and festivals in The Netherlands , Germany, Belgium, France as well as further afield in America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

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JC: The Legacy

JC: The Legacy is a series of concerts originally bought about by the passing of the Late Great Johnny Collins in 2009. They were restarted again in 2018 to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday, and this year’s concert marks ten years since his passing.

In 2018 The Wilson Family, Rich & Jess Arrowsmith and Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights, all MCed by Malc Gurnham, packed the venue. The evening was full of lively chorus songs and was greatly appreciated by all who attended.

On May 11th 2019, it’s all  going to happen again! With Granny’s Attic, Daisybell and Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights, with Malc Gurnham  holding it all together once more!

Click here to buy tickets to this year’s JC: The Legacy!

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Johnny Collins was a much loved and respected singer of mainly unaccompanied chorus songs, although his repertoire was by no means restricted to this only. Johnny always loved to get people joining in. Another of his strengths was encouraging up-and-coming acts and supporting more established groups. Johnny loved nothing more than a good evening of singing, and that is what we aim to provide!

Granny’s Attic

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“We formed in 2009 as three students at secondary school with no better way to spend our lunchtimes than scrape a tune or two. Gradually the band became less about avoiding socialising with our peers and more about actually playing music, and so Granny’s Attic premiered in 2010 at the prestigious Claines Church Fete.”

Look where they are now!

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

Daisybell

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Since forming in 2016, Daisybell have been making waves on the local and national folk scene, delivering performances of passion, wit and raw emotion at clubs from Coventry to Gateshead, Banbury to Sheffield, releasing an EP and a video, fitting in a couple of live radio appearances and drawing acclaim for their “Sing Like A Daisybell” vocal workshops.   2017/18 saw the trio appearing at festivals in Warwick, Broadstairs, Moira, Lichfield, Bromyard, Alcester, Bedworth and more. Lauded for their songwriting, harmonies and engaging stage presence, now is a great time to check out their gigs, recordings and social media banter

Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights

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Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights are mostly known in association with Johnny Collins. Jim had been singing in a duo with Johnny since 1975 and Graeme had also been singing with Johnny since 1999. Sometimes the three singers performed as a trio (they toured Canada as such in 2008) and the last recording Johnny made was the CD ‘Good Times’ with Jim and Graeme – so named because they always had such good times together.

Like Johnny, Jim and Graeme specialise in unaccompanied chorus songs, ranging from sea shanties to work songs, union songs, mining songs and of course drinking songs! Anything to get the audience to join in and ‘make the rafters roar’!

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Graeme Knights and Jim Mageean

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Although Jim and Graeme have worked together many times over the years they officially started singing together in 2002 at Whitby Folk Week. Jim had been running the Shanty Sessions there for over 30 years and Graeme kindly offered to help out (it’s a tiring and thirsty job singing shanties for 2 hours every day of the festival!) and Jim was glad to accept. They’ve been running these sessions together ever since, and also run similar events at other Festivals around the country – Barnsley, Bedworth, Bromyard etc (and that’s just the B’s!).

The two singers are mostly known in association with the late, great Johnny Collins who sadly passed away in July 2009 (whilst on tour in Poland with Jim). Jim had been singing in a duo with Johnny since 1975 and Graeme had also been singing with Johnny since 1999. Sometimes the three singers performed as a trio (they toured Canada as such in 2008) and the last recording Johnny made was the CD ‘Good Times’ with Jim and Graeme – so named because they always had such good times together.

Like Johnny, Jim and Graeme specialise in unaccompanied chorus songs. Sea Shanties, Work Songs, Union Songs, Mining Songs, Drinking Songs etc. Anything to get the audience to join in and ‘Make the Rafters Roar’.

You can see and hear Jim and Graeme anywhere that singers gather to belt out great choruses over a pint or two. Guaranteed to be ‘tear-jerker’ and ‘wrist-slasher’ free. ‘Good Times’ in store for all participants!

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Quotable Quotes

“Unaccompanied Singing at its Loudest and Best” – Gainsborough Folk Festival

“Big Voice, Big Choruses” – Wandering Windward Folk Club

“If you want a whole room full of landlubbers bellowing out the choruses to a wide selection of shanties and other eminently singable songs, then Graeme’s your man!” – Eric Bogle

“Graeme has a huge repertoire of songs and a powerful voice that can blow the froth off a Guinness from 50 metres” – Cardrona Folk Festival, NZ

“Graeme is possibly the best unaccompanied singer we have heard at the club – what a voice !” – Dux de Lux Folk Club NZ

“Graeme’s singing is like an outbreak of morale” – Dave Hood, 2nd Mate STS Lord Nelson.