Van Der Graaf Generator, Hammill and String Driven Thing violinist Grahame
Smith jumped ship from classical music to rock, joining Charisma Records with
String Driven Thing initially in the early 1970s. He trained with Sir John
Barbirolli and played with the Halle Orchestra and the Scottish National
Orchestra before jamming with Chris Adams in a flat in Glasgow and joining SDT.
SDT's line-up with Grahame fronting it were described as "with animated,
shock-headed violinist Grahame Smith, their visual selling-point". After amazing
stints with SDT on tour with Genesis and a move to Charisma stablemates Van Der
Graaf Generator and Hammill, Grahame went off to Iceland to make three albums -
this one, "Kalinka", is a must for all Van Der Graaf Generator, Hammill and
String Driven Thing completists and fans of violin in rock music! Comes with
full colour biographical CD booklet.
Highlands Of Scotland
Dance For A Dance
Release Date: 3 Aug 2009