Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Graham L.Hall is based in Yorkshire. He has been a semi-professional musician since the 1960s playing, in the UK and abroad, rock, blues, R&B, M.O.R, and, after hearing a Waylon Jennings track, country music from the late 1970s.
Graham has played in various bands, travelling across the UK and also into Ireland, Holland and Spain, including brief appearances on TV and local radio stations in the UK. Laterly, he played bass for Collier Dixon Line and Jeannie Dee Band. He continues to stand in for musicians in various bands and has his own live music ambitions for the future.
As Graham is an electrician by trade, he has worked at various small local radio stations both as an engineer and a presenter. These include Energy Radio, Calderdale Sound and Tempo FM where he has presented country, R&B, and middle of the road music, together with interviews and live sessions. He has been involved with several hospital radio stations, where he was Chief Engineer and Chief Executive at two large stations.
Graham L.Hall at Radio CarolinePerhaps most prominently, Graham has worked with the original Radio Caroline, presenting regular programmes from the ship “Ross Revenge” and also via satellite from various land-based studios.
Graham has been a fan of the original Radio Caroline since day one at Easter 1964.
For the last five years, he has been presenting a mix of blues, real R&B, quality adult rock and country music programmes for Radio Seagull, a Dutch medium wave and internet station that originated from teh Caroline ship in the 1970s.
Graham has worked as a compere, DJ, presenter, stage manager and sound engineer for several organisations in a variety of venues including theatres, night clubs, hotels and festivals including The Warner Holiday Group, Haven Holidays, Butlins Hotels, Rank Leisure, Paul Bridson Productions, Tony Best Leisure and P&O Cruises. Graham has organised several charity concerts, including a successful country music show at Wakefield’s Theatre Royal in October 1993 which raised money for Arthritis Research.
In January 1994, Graham adopted the names “Country Spirit” and “Free Spirit” – collectively known as “Spirit 2”, for his live events and radio programmes.
Graham has been a part of UKCountryRadio.com since the start where he is able to share his choice of roots, alternative, blues and rock style of country, along with some classics. He tries to play the music not usually heard anywhere else. His programme is “Country Spirit: Real people making Real music played with Real feeling”. Hear it on the first Thursday of every month at 8pm, repeated the next day, Friday, at 4pm.