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An intimate evening of songs and stories
At the ripe old age of 76 Graham Nash OBE has created a golden songbook during a career spanning six decades. He will be showcasing some of his highlights during an eight-date UK tour that plays Birmingham Town Hall on July 26, 2018.

Graham Nash, Birmingham Town Hall, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Hollies, Over The Years
Highlights: Graham Nash is performing in the UK during July


The evening promises performances of many of his well-known songs, along with anecdotes and tales from throughout his storied career. He will be joined on stage by guitarist and vocalist Shane Fontayne, longtime collaborator and producer of his most recent album, This Path Tonight (2016) and former CSN keyboardist and vocalist Todd Caldwell. Together, the trio will perform songs from Graham's days in The Hollies, his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) and his solo recordings.

His remarkable body of work includes his contributions to The Hollies' opus, including Stop Stop Stop and Carrie Anne, his signature CSN(Y) offerings like Teach Your Children, Our House and Marrakesh Express, and his solo standouts Chicago/We Can Change the World and Military Madness.

Graham Nash, Birmingham Town Hall, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Hollies, Over The Years
On the road: Graham Nash (pic: Amy Grantham)


Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Graham Nash is also a two-time Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Award winner and a New York Times best-selling author. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Birthday Honours list for services to music and charity.

Ahead of the July concerts, Over The Years, a 30-song collection of Graham's best-known songs, with more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes, has been released.

"It does my heart good to present my songs this way,'' Graham says. ''I hope that listeners will enjoy hearing the demos of my songs – how my demos of Our House, Teach Your Children and others turned into the records that have endured 'over the years'; how I started writing them, and how they became the now familiar recordings when they were released."

Graham burst on to the American music scene with The Hollies during the British Invasion. In 1968 he formed the legendary supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. Over The Years includes Marrakesh Express from the iconic CSN debut album, and Our House and Teach Your Children from its successor, Déjà Vu, for which Neil Young joined forces with CSN.

Graham Nash, Birmingham Town Hall, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Hollies, Over The Years
Supergroup: Crosby, Stills & Nash toured Britain in 2013


Subsequent CSN albums are represented by Just A Song Before I Go and Wasted On The Way. In addition, the collection highlights songs that Graham recorded for his 1971 solo debut, Songs For Beginners, including Military Madness and Simple Man. There are unreleased mixes for two other songs from that album, Better Days and I Used To Be King. The most recent recording on the compilation is Myself At Last from This Path Tonight. Two tracks from his enduring albums with David Crosby, Immigration Man and Wind On The Water, are also included.

The 15 demo recordings include the 1968 London demo of Marrakesh Express, which was rejected by The Hollies and set the stage for Nash's relocation to Los Angeles and the next chapter of his life. The set contains early versions of CSN classics like Our House, Wasted On The Way, Pre-Road Downs and Teach Your Children. Other unreleased gems include I Miss You and You'll Never Be The Same — both from Graham's 1974 solo album Wild Tales — and Horses Through A Rainstorm, originally intended for Déjà Vu.

Graham Nash, Birmingham Town Hall, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Hollies, Over The Years
Venue: Birmingham Town Hall


Graham Nash July 2018 UK tour dates:

July 20: The Sage, Gateshead;
July 21: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool;
July 22: The Bridge Theatre, London;
July 24: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea;
July 25: St Georges, Bristol;
July 26: Town Hall, Birmingham;
July 28: Southern Fried Festival, Perth;
July 29: The Lowry, Salford.
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Why? Music legend in concert
When: UK tour begins July 20, 2018; at Birmingham Town Hall on July 26, 2018
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Town Hall, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: £31.50 - £42.50 plus fees
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