MUSIC legend Graham Nash has revealed he ditched his microphone for his last tour of Scotland — to hit the Outlander tourist trail instead.
The former singer with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash is a huge fan of the TV phenomenon which features Scots actor Sam Heughan as Jacobite warrior Jamie Fraser.
Graham Nash has revealed he is a huge Outlander fan
And the man who wrote the 60s’ classic Marrakesh Express made his own whistlestop visits to locations from the series — including the site of the infamous Battle of Culloden in Inverness-shire.
The 76-year-old explains: “I love Outlander. It’s been such a fascinating series. That’s what led me to the Highlands for the first time in August.
“I was totally enamored by the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the people.”
The TV series is based on books by Arizona-born author Diana Gabaldon and also stars Caitriona Balfe as time-travelling nurse Claire Randall.
The music legend hit the Outlander tourist trail the last time he was in Scotland
And Graham admits he is full of admiration for the US writer, who published her first Outlander book in the early 1990s.
He says: “The thing I find utterly amazing is Diana had never even been to Scotland before she started writing her books. How did she even manage to do that?
“It is incredible. And now she has created this incredible Scottish tourism boom.
“I certainly know lots of Americans who are also heading to Scotland because of Outlander, which is fantastic.”
Nash rose to fame as singer with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash
Graham, who was raised in Salford, Lancashire, started his incredible career in the early 1960s when he founded The Hollies — Manchester’s answer to The Beatles — with his school chum Allan Clarke.
They enjoyed chart-storming success on both sides of the Atlantic with their pop hits including Just One Look, Bus Stop and Jennifer Eccles.
Graham, who will return to Scotland again later this month for the Celtic Connections festival, recalls: “When I was with The Hollies we played in Scotland a lot.
“We did all over but I remember the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom the most. That was a great venue.”
The show’s stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are now on their fifth season of the time-traveller series
But by the end of the Sixties Nash had quit The Hollies and moved to America’s West Coast after teaming up with David Crosby from The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills to form legendary supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. He adds: “I then played Scotland many, many times again but this time with David and Stephen.”
Along the way he also became Joni Mitchell’s lover and admits his relationship with the Big Yellow Taxi singer changed his life.
He says: “I learned how she wrote songs. Where they came from. The songs we did with the Hollies were cute, catchy, pop. But when I came to America, I found my ability to write a melody with important words.”
Graham has featured in various versions of the group which became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with the addition of Neil Young in 1969 — with Woodstock being one of their first gigs as a foursome.
But it’s their 1977 album Déjà Vu the band are best known for, which features Nash’s haunting anthem Teach Your Children.
Graham is one of the few musicians to have been inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame TWICE.
The first time was in 1997 for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash and then in 2010 for The Hollies, in the same year he received an OBE from The Queen.
He says: “I don’t really reminisce about all I have done.