Michel Griffin Press Pack

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 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. He gives concerts either solo, or in duet with the talented harmonica player Frenchie Dègre, with Anne-Em’ or with Soledad.

Griffin's music blends folk and blues with humour and passion--to produce songs that will echo in your heart.


"songs positively shimmer and shine ... impeccable mastery of the guitar"- Skope Magazine

"Spectacular Songs" - iTunes    "Superb musicianship" - Amazon    "Pure elegance" - iTunes    "Masterly songwriting" - iTunes

"... elegiac, romantic delivery and dexterous acoustic guitar picking... " -  The Big Takeover.com

"Michel Griffin, jazzy poet, by turns clown or romantic... with his beautiful deep, soft warm voice." - Le Petit Journal

"The public were carried away by Michel's gentleness and charisma, which received lengthy applause." - La Depêche

"Most memorable was ... the poetry of Michel Griffin's songs." - La Semaine du Lot


2004    The Still Centre - a collection of 14 nocturnes for piano and orchestra.
2005    Echoes, Waves or Ricochets - 14 original songs, including 'America, Come Weep' & 'Freeze the Moment'.
2006    Russian Dolls - 10 original songs, including 'Strangers Once Again' & 'Children of Circumstance'.
2008    Who Knows Where The Time Goes - 5 covers and 7 original songs, including 'One Way Conversations'.
2013    Ballads & Blues - 22 live tracks, 14 covers, 8 originals, all recorded in concert.
2013    Atlantic Avenue - 9 original songs, including 'New York Kaleidoscope' & 'Another Way of Looking', and 5 covers.
2017    Feel My Love : Michel Griffin Sings Bob Dylan’s Finest Lovesongs - 14 tracks, "51 minutes of pure joy" [Music-News.com]


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