Manchester Folk Festival: Lee Forsyth-Griffiths
- Sat 21 Oct 2017
- 7:15 pm
A self-styled “shit-kicker from Moston” Lee Forsyth-Griffiths was discovered as a youthful prodigy by Paul Morley in the late 90s and signed to ZTT Records. After a spectacular falling-out with superstar producer Trevor Horn, Lee disowned his debut album Northern Songs and returned in disgust to civilian life in North Manchester.
Now Lee is back, older, wiser, and on storming form. His tender/tough delivery and aching vulnerability make him Manchester’s answer to the likes of José Gonzáles and Ray Lamontagne, whilst Elbow’s Guy Garvey compared Lee’s voice to John Martyn.
Lee Forsyth-Griffiths worked with Tom Robinson and his powerhouse vocals appear on Tom’s last album, including the beautiful Don’t Jump, Don’t Fall. Lee’s comeback has the backing of an impressive list of musicbiz movers and shakers, who stepped forward to lend a hand on Lee’s second album, ‘Armchair Anarchy’….
Ian Grimble (Manics, Texas, Wannadies, Travis, etc) helped produce tracks for the album. Take That manager Nigel Martin-Smith paid for a full-colour photoshoot, while BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson shot and edited two videos for the album, and Culture Club producer Steve Levine mixed the latest version of “Meet Me Halfway” free of charge in his West London studio. After hearing the album, Janice Longimmediately booked Lee for a Radio 2 session and GT editor Joseph Galliano ran a three-page spread in the magazine’s July Issue placing Lee immediately after George Michael as the UK’s next great gay voice.
Duration: 30 mins. No need to book.
The show ends at 7.45pm, so you will have time to get to HOME to see False Lights, or stay at the Burgess Foundation for Stick in the Wheel – both start at 8.00pm.