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June 2016 sees Our Hero and his trusty Martin guitar explaining copyright law on BBC Breakfast TV going nationwide with hosts Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin.
Chris Cacavas, Our Hero, & Dan Stuart hold a mini-Paisley Underground reunion July 9, 2016 at Strade Blu Festival in Italy.
BBC broadcasting legend Andy Kershaw helps The Long Ryders celebrate Kentucky Derby Day, May 7, 2016 in Manchester at the Academy gig.
May 2, 2016. The Long Ryders, with BBC radio legend Bob Harris in centre, discuss 12 string guitars at Western House.
The Long Ryders, Madrid April 2016, with a shamelessly mugging Dan Stuart (Green On Red) in the centre.
Topnotch guitarist Martin Belmont, Our Hero, and Graham Parker pose for The Daily Mail at Rough Trade East, March 3, 2016.
Will Birch, producer of the Long Ryders’ immortal State Of Our Union album, shows up at the Barney Hoskyns’ book launch for Small Town Talk where Sid & two Coal Porters performed, March 3, 2016.
Singer-novelist Dan Stuart, comedian & Observer columnist Stewart Lee & a guy with white sideburns meet March 1, 2016 at The Islington pub to form a Stop Trump movement.
Our Fearless Leader with the great, great Cuban trumpter Eikel Venegas Hernandez at a CPs’ recording session, May 4, 2015 in Shoreditch.
A joyous Mark Ellen, a boyish Sid G, the fab & talented Barb Jungr, and pensive emcee David Hepworth agree Bob Dylan is Da Man, The Islington pub, London, Feb 2, 2015.
After twenty years of no contact I once again meet the talented Gina Birch (The Raincoats, The Hangovers) at the Camden School for Girls book fair, Nov. 29, 2014.
Looking big of body & small of head, Sid poses with a properly proportioned Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross at BBC Radio 2 in London, Nov. 17, 2014.
Dave Alvin, the John Fogerty of my generation, gets some songwriting tips backstage in London, Oct 24, 2014.
With John Jorgenson July 9, 2014 at his London gig. Pals for over thirty years I’ve seen John pick in the Desert Rose Band, Earl Scruggs, the Elton John Band and now his own band(s)!
Our Hero with ace singer-songwriter Greg Trooper, author of ‘Everywhere’ in NYC, June 2014.
Fleshtones’ lead singer Peter Zaremba poses for a selfie with a European fan, June 3, 2014.
Madrid, May 17, 2014. Soul great Swamp Dogg, 72 years young, meets the founder of alt-country at Swamp’s Soundcheck.
Level 42’s ace face of bass Mark King at the BBC in London with Our Hero on May 8, 2014. They had not seen each other since a shared festival gig in 1986!
Session great Justin Moses, Our Hero, and mandolin whiz Sierra Hull record in Nashville, Tennessee at Thomm Jutz’ studio on Feb 12, 2014.
Sid with the fine songwriter Otis Gibbs in East Nashville, Feb. 13, 2014.
Mark Fain (ex-Kentucky Thunder) on bass, Sid Griffin singing, and the great Paul Griffith on drums. Feb 9, 2014, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Sid shakes with 23rd President of Yale University Peter Salovey after the CPs play a Yale fundraiser at The Gherkin on January 20, 2014.
Piers Morgan at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on January 14, 2014. He came out to see the Long Ryders first California gig in over twenty-seven years!
Sid with Henry Diltz, singer of the Modern Folk Quartet and one of rock’s greatest photographers having done LP sleeves for the Doors, the Byrds, CSN and Joni Mitchell.
With the man who gave Dylan, Joni Mtchell, Patti Smith & others their first big break, Izzy Young yaks while Sid distracts at The Folklore Centre in Stockholm, May 9, 2013.
The Coal Porters backstage at The Apple Tree pub in London last night with Pete Frame (Rock Family Trees) and his beloved Stacey.
With actor/singer Ronnie Cox at Folk Alliance 2013 discussing James Dickey. Cox was the guitarist in Deliverance scene who played Dueling Banjos and was in the Beverly Hills Cop films with Eddie Murphy.
The Coal Porters in live session at House Of Mercy radio Nov 19, 2012 w/ DJ & wit Barry Everitt on left. Photographer’s thumb clearly visible.
The Coal Porters with Bob Harris for a live session out Oct 28 on his show.
June 9, 2012. Britain’s best light welterweight fighter Ashley Treasure Theophane at All-Stars Gym on Harrow Road with Yours Truly.
March 31, 2012 with Isola Akay, the greatest boxing coach in the UK & my friend for 17 years.
The CPs recording at Snap in north London, Nov 2011, with legendary producer/engineer John Wood (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Beth Orton, Squeeze)
Bluegrass legend Frank Wakefield, a true virtuoso, and Sid Griffin sit on Bill Monroe’s porch (!) near Rosine, Kentucky, summer 2007.
August 31, 2011…Our Hero and Whisperin’ Bob Harris discuss the Long Ryders appearing on BBC’s TV show Whistle Test many moons before.
Sid G & Carly Frey with the brilliant Water Tower Bucket Boys at their co-headlining London gig, August 25, 2012
Robert Haeker Jessett & the totally cool Anne Gilpin of the great London band Morton Valence say hello to Sid backstage, August 2012
World’s greatest dobro player EVER, Jerry Douglas, gets a few tips backstage at Stagecoach Festival, May 1, 2011, from John Breese & Sid.
Sid hangs with old chum Larry Chatman, ex-Funkadelic, now with Dr. Dre, May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles.
With dynamite singer-guitarist Rosie Flores at Folk Alliance in Memphis, Feb 2011
With my friend Alejandro Escovedo. From the Nuns, Rank & File, the True Believers and his incredible solo records Alejandro is an inspiration. Dec 9, 2010, Bedford, England
A familiar Santa Claus visits Coal Porters World HQ and thrills two gorgeous, gorgeous kids!
Sid replaces Micki Steele on bass with the Bangles, Oct. 5, 2010, in London.
At the Americana Festival in Nashville Sept. 10th old friend Peter Case
cracks a joke at the Doobie Brothers’ expense while Sid and Exene Cervenka laugh.
Ali Tonn of the Country Music Museum in Nashville, our hero, Danna Strong of the Americana Festival & Conference, and Rolling Stone’s David Fricke backstage at Sid’s career retrospective Sat Sept 11, 2010 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, Sid & his double chins, and Americana hero Jim Lauderdale backstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame just before Sid’s career retrospective Sat Sept. 11, 2010.
Sid with ten time (!) Grammy Award winner Bobby Hicks after sitting in with Mr. Hicks in Marshall, North Carolina on August 5, 2010.
1990 and Sid Griffin tours the UK acoustically with Dave Sharp, lead guitarist of The Alarm.
Legendary L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, Sid Griffin, Sky Saxon and Laura Benson on the Sunset Strip, 1986.
Our hero, Warner Bros.’ PR genius Rick Gershon, REM’s Peter Buck and Long Ryder Greg Sowders look silly at Raji’s in Hollywood, 1987.
Our hero shakes hands with UK blues & bluegrass great Wizz Jones in Battersea, June 2010, after a great session at Guitar Classics shop.
The late great Ronnie Lane signs a solo LP for mega-fan Sid Griffin of the Long Ryders, July 1986.
August 1984, backstage at McCabe’s, Gene Clark tells Sid Griffin the set list is okay with him.
Two showbiz legends, Slade great Noddy Holder with ageing NME cover boy Sid Griffin, April 2010.
The Coal Porters play live on Marc Riley’s ace BBC 6 Music show in Manchester, April 2010.
The legendary Roky Erickson talks over the Thirteenth Floor Elevators back catalog with Sid at SxSW in Austin, March 2010.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, Sid Griffin, and Little Jewford discuss religion at London’s Jazz Cafe, Sept. 2009.
Sid Griffin with the great Dr. Richard Brown at Bill Monroe Mandolin Camp,
Sept 2009, Owensboro, Ky
Sid with the legendary George Huffman back in Kentucky, summer 2007.
Two BBC TV producers, the Coal Porters and
Whisperin’ Bob Harris grin for the cameras, July 2008
Lindisfarne’s legendary Rod Clements picks with Sid at the Ireby Festival in Cumbria, Feb 2008
Sid stands in quiet awe next to legendary bluegrass mandolinist/virtuoso singer Bobby Osborne at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky, Sept. 14, 2008. Photo: James Wheatley
Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson joins the Coal Porters onstage Nov 30, 2006. Realising he is next to Neil Bob and not Miss Thompson our own Sid Griffin holds up a plastic fork in protest
L.A. Dodgers fan Steve Wynn, Sid Griffin, the legendary Willie Nile and Dixie Bee Liner leader Buddy Woodward celebrate Sid’s 2003 campaign for the Mayor of New York City in Manhattan in May of that year at the Rockefeller Centre
BBC DJ, percussionist, humorist and all-round nice guy Mark Radcliffe begs Sid Griffin to sing yet another song live on the air (January 2006)
A banjo player, British violin prodigy Esther Mae and Sid perform in Madrid, April 2006
Mr. Handsome, mandolin virtuoso/music scholar Mike Compton and EuroDisney musician/comedian Percy Copley yuk it up at SoreFingers Bluegrass School, April 2006
John Porteous, Brian Wilson, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens and Sid Griffin (1989)
West Coast super group Crosby, Griffin & Nash reunite (Feb 2005)
Sid, drummer D.J. Fontana, legendary guitarist Scotty Moore in Scotland smile at end of a wonderful UK tour (1993)
Sid, promoter Nigel Young’s son and Lemonhead leader Evan Dando backstage (the night Eric Cantona kicked that heckler in the stands in 1995)
Sid with Billy Bragg at the new ultra-modern home Billy purchased near
Nairn, Scotland (1996) Photo: Kate St John
Sid sitting in with Roger McGuinn in Birmingham at Ronnie Scott’s (1997)
Pat McGarvey, Sid, the multi-talented Bob Neuwirth perform an encore in Berlin (1997)
Sid playing lead guitar for ex-Green On Red hero Chris Cacavas in Germany (1998)
Nils Lofgren n’ Sid after Sid opened for Nils in Lowestoft (1999)
Western Electric on a hilltop w/ Amy Rigby & Dr. Phil Dennison,
her physiotherapist (2000)
Western Electric perform with Amy Rigby for BBC Scotland at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen (2000)
Sid with Kate St John at a charity performance – Jazz Cafe (2001)
Sid backstage at Toronto’s Bluesfest giving a free mandolin lesson to a promising youngster called Chris Hillman (2004)
Sid at the 2005 Sore Fingers Bluegrass School mandolin class taught by Tim O’Brien (2005)
Mandolin virtuoso Tim O’Brien on the left and Mr. Handsome on the right. Tim is clearly a member of the Royal Society of Nice Guys.Photo: Sue Pomeroy
Sid Griffin at Sore Fingers Week April 2004 learning bluegrass mandolin from the legendary Roland White, the ex-Kentucky Colonel mandolinist and a terrific person as well. Photo: Sue Pomeroy