graham butterfield / Bio

I started playing in folk clubs in the mid-1960’s and for the next few years regularly played at some of the London clubs including, The Half Moon at Putney, The Troubadour, Les Cousins, Steve Benbow's club at Norbury, and Cliff Aungier's Dungeon Club at Tower Bridge. During that period I tried to do the"hitching and busking my way across Europe" thing, in the footsteps - so I thought - of Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Derroll Adams, Alex Campbell etc. I had been planning to get to Italy but didn't get beyond Munich! In 1970 I met Bryan Chalker and with Mic Jones, we formed Bryan Chalker's New Frontier. We played gigs at various folk clubs and country music venues and recorded an album called The Hanging Of Samuel Hall. Although it was released on a cheap label (Avenue) and was sold in supermarkets, 30,000 copies were sold and it was twice Radio 2's record of the week! We made four or five appearances on Radio 1 and 2's Country Meets Folk, were regular 'studio guests' on Terry Wogan's radio show and Night Ride. We did some television stuff too including Pebble Mill at One and a very forgettable appearance on Opportunity Knocks!!!! This embarrassment resulted in us being 'signed up' (as they used to say) by Les Reed (the bloke who wrote and arranged most of Tom Jones' hits). I left the band in 1973 and more or less stopped playing or singing until around 1990. Throughout the 1990's I made some half-hearted attempts to perform again, with very occasional visits to folk clubs and music sessions around Exeter. Later on I helped form The Old Porch Band and enjoyed five great years of musical hilarity with them! I'm mostly playing solo again now around Devon and having a good time trying some very varied styles of music; unaccompanied traditional ballads, London music hall songs, American country music, some of my own original songs and anything else I fancy having a go at.
I've recently joined Ian and Jane Gardner in forming a new trio called Nine Pound Catfish - www.ninepoundcatfish.co.uk. We're having fun playing a mix of music, mainly from the 1920's and 30's - ragtime blues, hokum and old country music etc.....

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graham butterfield
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Exeter, DEV, UK