New Artist: Michel Griffin

Michel Griffin in Concert

Michel Griffin has been hailed as “the new Leonard Cohen”, an artist who “combines the dexterity of James Taylor’s guitar work with the genius of Bob Dylan’s poetry”. Michel Griffin bought his first guitar at 14 because he noticed girls liked guitar players. Self-taught, and under the influence of songwriters like Dylan, Cohen, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, he began to write songs that told stories.

He’s been writing songs ever since. He has performed regularly on BBC radio (where one of his songs was a Pick of the Week) and his career has taken him all over the world, with spells living in Paris, New York and Switzerland.

He finally settled in the Lot valley in SW France, in 2000 and since 2008 has been organising the critically acclaimed Cahors Folk Club, which he co-founded. He performs at venues all over the area, a tune of his was featured in the American film ‘Married Men’, and he has recorded 7 CDs.

In concert, Griffin charms his audiences with self-deprecating wit and, like most clowns, he’s alive to pathos. His lyrics share stories and insights, and his accomplished finger-picking is a perfect foil for his smoky, evocative voice.

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And take a listen to his cover of Cohen’s ‘Dance Me To The End Of Love’, HERE


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