Graham McLeod is a professional musician and teacher primarily based in Edinburgh, Scotland, although currently living in Amman, Jordan. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Australasia with acoustic instrumental trio The String Contingent, singer-songwriters Kat Healy and Lucy Wise, and celtic/world-groove band Modhan. Since graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2007, where he studied contemporary guitar, improvisation and composition, his flexible and diverse expertise has been in high demand as both an electric and acoustic performer in a wide range of genres. He is currently working in Jordan with a number of artists.
After finishing his studies Graham worked as a music teacher in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, teaching privately and providing music classes in music schools, colleges and prisons. In 2009 Graham left his teaching post with West Lothian College in order to commit more time to his performing and touring career. Since 2009 Graham has spent several months per year based in Australia in order to tour full time, primarily with The String Contingent, of whom he is a founding member.
Graham’s playing and compositions have also featured on various albums, singles and EPs written and recorded during this time, including the following:
From Here or Somewhere Else – The String Contingent (2019)
Perfect – Kat Healy (2017)
Iterations – The String Contingent (2017)
Ultraviolet – Oliver Downes (2016)
Drop in the Ocean – Graham McLeod (2016)
Facets – The String Contingent (2015)
When You Are Gone – Kat Healy (2014)
Talk – The String Contingent (2013)
When We Wander Far From Home – Lucy Wise and the B’Gollies (2013)
Lindsey Meldrum – Lindsey Meldrum (2013)
The Admiral’s Fireworks – Modhan (2012)
Roots and All – Emma Nixon and Chris Stone (2012)
Be Still. Gentle. Kind. – The Kat Healy Music Club (2012)
TSC II – The String Contingent (2011)
Lucy Wise and the B’Gollies – Lucy Wise and the B’Gollies (2011)
TSC Live – The String Contingent (2011)
The String Contingent – The String Contingent (2010)
In June 2015 Graham graduated with a PGDE in Secondary (music) from the University of Edinburgh. He also offers private music tuition; guitar lessons for groups or individuals, and music theory, performance skills, and composition lessons too.
He is currently teaching at Music House Amman, alongside renowned Arabic singer and music educator Dr. Ayman Tayseer.
A versatile and experienced musician and teacher, Graham is also available as a session guitarist in the Middle East, Scotland, England, Australia and beyond. Get in touch if you’d like to know more!
Photography by Michael Lutman and Brian Rosenburg.