GRAHAM NASH and DJ Mike Read ambled on to the Kenton stage holding mugs of tea. Nash was making a
GRAHAM NASH and DJ Mike Read ambled on to the Kenton stage holding mugs of tea. Nash was making a scheduled drop-in as part of a journey that started in an upstairs room in Blackpool and took in Woodstock on the way. The pair sat down at a small table and started chatting. It was a bit like listening in to two guys gassing in the pub.
Nash, one of the few artists to find fame with two completely different groups — the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash — talked about his early inspirations, in particular Little Richard and the Everly Brothers. Cass Elliot of the Mamas and Papas was responsible for Nash getting together with Crosby and Stills and the audience learned that on every one of their albums there is a secret reference in memory of her.
The audience was given an insight into how he writes songs. Our House, for example, was written after driving back from Laurel Canyon in LA with his then muse Joni Mitchell. They stopped off en route to buy an antique vase, and when they got home Nash said to Joni: “I’ll light the fire while you place the flowers in the vase...”
The eco-warrior side of the artist was evident and his views on pollution and nuclear energy were enlightening. Nash now lives in a jungle area on one of the Hawaiian Islands where the yearly rainfall is similar to that of his hometown, Manchester.
Nash took questions from the audience and when asked his opinion on what would be the most fitting memorial Henley could give George Harrison he suggested that, knowing George, a garden would be most suitable. This suggestion drew a unanimous round of applause from the capacity audience.