Graham Nash to headline Wickham Festival

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August, 2019
Wickham * Near Fareham * Hampshire

Graham Nash
Photograph courtesy of Rolling Stone

He’s performed at Woodstock, Live Aid & Glastonbury. Now the legendary singer, songwriter and musician Graham Nash is the latest top-name artist added to our Wickham Festival line-up this summer.

As a founder member of both The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Graham Nash has the rare distinction of being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame not once, but twice.

Graham Nash will be appearing on the opening night, Thursday 1st August, performing a full concert set including classic tracks by The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as well as his solo material. Also appearing on the Thursday night is his long-time friend and occasional musical collaborator Judy Collins for whom one of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s greatest hits, ‘Suite Judy Blue Eyes’ was written. It promises to be a special night.

Day & weekend tickets are now on sale via our website, see link below.

More acts confirmed for Wickham 2019

Several other acts including The Men They Couldn’t Hang have also recently been confirmed for this year’s Festival. You can view the full line-up announced so far on our website here: wickhamfestival.co.uk along with the days on which each act will be appearing. And we have three more headline acts to announce later this week including a country music star; one of the world’s greatest guitarists making a rare and exclusive UK appearance; and a major British artist and band who’ve just completed a worldwide arenas tour.

More details later this week.

Wickham voted ‘Best Festival’ in The News Awards

We’re delighted to say that Wickham was voted ‘Best Festival’ in The News Guide Awards last week, beating many bigger and better-known festivals in the process. It was a public vote and we’d like to thank everyone who voted for us.

BARRY OLLMAN – What’ll It Be? (Self Released)

ollmanChances are you’ll never have heard of Barry Ollman. Not unless, that is, you happen to be a music collector. His father a Midwest correspondent for Billboard from 49-75, Ollman grew up immersed in music, not to mention gathering an impressive collection of autographs. This was the spark of what would see him become perhaps the definitive collector of Woody Guthrie, an obsession that has also encompassed the social movements of the time as well as Guthrie’s contemporaries, musical and otherwise. He’s also on the board of the Guthrie Foundation.

As well as being a music collector, Ollman’s also a musician, performing as a folk singer-songwriter since the late 60s. In the 90s, introduced by his photographer brother, Ollman met and became friends with Graham Nash, one of his longtime heroes. Fast forward to the present and this, Barry’s debut recording, the opening track of which, the waltzing ‘Imogen’s Lament’, features Nash on harmonies. It’s a song inspired by Imogen Cunningham, one of the great photographers of the 20th century and serves as a tribute to and lament for the passing of old school photography with the arrival of the digital age. Being something of a well-regarded snapper himself, Nash also provides the album’s back cover photo.

Nash isn’t the only familiar name here. Another of Ollman’s mates happens to be E Street band bassist Garry Tallent, who duly turns up on four tracks here, providing both bass and guitar on the strutting ‘Banker’s Holiday’, which takes a swipe at the profession behind the economic collapse.

Musically, Ollman slots into the rock/folk tradition of Laurel Canyon, evoking thoughts of Jackson Browne as well as, inevitably, CS&N, but there’s also shades of Paul Simon, Rick Nelson, Steve Goodman and Tom Paxton on things like ‘Painting The West’, a song inspired by a trip to Arizona and Guthrie’s own love of painting, ‘See Ya’ In Okemah’, a nod to the annual festival in Woody’s hometown that features renowned classical and film score composer David Amram on penny whistle, and ‘Something To Say’, a celebration of writers and the power of words.

Although completed prior to him suffering a heart attack, there’s a strong air of reflection running through the songs, particularly so on ‘The Old Country’’s reminiscences of youth and the ringing anthemic ‘The Other Half’, and, while he may not have the strongest of voices, he knows how to match an engaging lyric with a strong melody and deliver it with an appealing warmth and honesty.

Mike Davies

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