ARTS AND FEATURES ENTERTAINMENT — 12 September 2013

Irish singer set for performance at London’s Boogaloo

It’s been quite a summer for Sligo-based Dubliner Miles Graham as momentum builds slowly but steadily around him. Back home, the singer-songwriter’s debut single, All So Innocent got play-listed and created quite a stir, as it’s beginning to do over here with the big labels. That’s not bad work for a relatively unknown artist.

If you fancy checking him out while he’s still playing fairly intimate venues, then head over to see him at Boogaloo in Highgate this Thursday, September 13, (6.30pm, www.boogaloo.co.uk).

After being born into a large family in Dublin, Miles grew up writing music. When he moved to County Sligo as a young adult, however, he found his artistic home. Today, Graham remains based there, nestling in the landscape that nourished the genius of Yeats, and a region of Ireland that’s fast becoming one of its creative capitals.

BBC show, Weekend Wogan played Grahams’ song recently, presenter Rchard Madeley saying that he was “’very promising; this is a very good start to what will be an excellent career”. Later, just in case we hadn’t got it the first time, he tweeted again to wax lyrical about how much he loved the new single.

All So Innocent opens like something by Paolo Nutini, before Graham’s vocals soon transfer the song into the soul-pop realms of James Morrison, lifted by syncopated piano and soaring strings that make this a classic, laid-back summer track.

The singer came to the attention of renowned producer Richard Causon (Tom Jones, Rufus Wainright, Ryan Adams) and nowadays spends a lot of time in London co-writing, recording and honing his craft. After dedicating recent years to perfecting his musical signature, he’s ready to get it out there.

An all-round musician with a warm, magnetic voice, Grahams’ song-writing talent is reminiscent of a young Van Morrison, and he matches that writing talent with real, authentic numbers that also have the commercial appeal of a James Morrison or Ray LaMontagne.

Graham said of his influences recently: “Many of my influences come from back in the sixties and the seventies and Motown stuff; that is really the way to do it. They have really good musicians in a room and they didn’t use click tracks or anything like that. It is something that is in me as an artist to just be organic with everything. I was never really into the electronic side of things, you know? So it was just fitting for me as an artist.”

Graham’s debut album is due for release early next year. For more see www.milesgraham.com.

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