Graham Dodsworth has been part of the Australian folk music scene for nearly 50 years and is regarded as one of the finest guitarists and singers in the land.
His three albums have found a new home on Green South Records and they’re now available for the first time on all the major digital music providers around the world.
Graham’s passion and love of the music are obvious in these recordings; his effortless flowing finger picking guitar and pure voice draws you into the story, connecting you with the words, the moods and the emotions.
Over the past five decades he has played in front of hundreds of thousands of people all around the world, performing his own material, and reimagining the classics.
He is also a noted writer and historian, proudly carrying the torch for folk music in Australia.
These albums are masterclasses in the genre; you can hear a performer in command of his craft and someone who has a rich and deep knowledge of the music he plays.
Needless to say we’re really happy that Graham has chosen to reissue his albums with Green South Records and we hope you enjoy the music.
Born in the Yallourn Hospital in Gippsland, Victoria, Graham lived his first five years in Moe after which his family moved to Vermont in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, where he attended Vermont Primary and Secondary Schools.
He moved to Hawthorn in 1969 and while attending Kew High School first heard Danny Spooner conducting workshops demonstrating attitudes to the industrial revolution in England, transportation and other aspects of Australian history via folk song performance.
Graham began a performance career in 1971 with performances at The Outpost Inn, Frank Traynors, The Dan O'Connell Hotel, and Fogarty's Union Hotel in Melbourne. He regularly tours Australia and his powerful original songs and rich interpretations of Australian traditional and contemporary folk song have been featured on radio and national television. Noted as a vocalist, guitarist, composer and entertainer, he has performed at hundreds of Folk Festivals, public venues and institutions.
In 2001 he achieved a Master of Arts degree in Australian Studies from Monash University, his thesis being entitled "The Nature of Folk Song in Australia: Origins and Transmission". He was awarded the 2005 National Library of Australia National Folk Festival Fellowship culminating in a concert in the Budawang Theatre at the National Folk Festival and in the foyer of the National Library of Australia in 2005. Graham demonstrated the results of the above-mentioned fellowship research at the 2007 Conference of the Australasian Sound Recording Association, which also explored representation and portrayal techniques by national institutions. He has written many articles for the Australian Folklore Journal and has to date released three albums, 'Summer Madness', 'In Good King Arthur's Day' and 'In Our Time'.