He 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 9 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. He gives concerts either solo, or in duet with the talented harmonica player Frenchie Dègre.
Griffin's music blends folk and blues with humour and passion--to produce songs that will echo in your heart.
"... elegiac, romantic delivery and dexterous acoustic guitar picking... " -
The Big Takeover.com
"songs positively shimmer and shine ... impeccable mastery of the guitar" -
"The audience let themselves be carried away by Michel's gentleness and charisma, which received lengthy applause."
- La Dépêche
"Most memorable was ... the poetry of Michel Griffin's songs." - La Semaine du Lot
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