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The gift of the protégé: William Harries Graham puts on a show for Margaret Moser

By Michael Corcoran - Special to the American-Statesman

When you’re meeting an interview subject for the first time amidst the human potpourri of Jo’s on South Congress, you usually need to ask what they’re wearing for a positive ID. Not necessary for William Harries Graham, who booked and organized Sunday’s Margaret Moser birthday bash at the Continental Club. Graham is 13 years old. The blond moptop bounds into the hip hangout alone and right on time.

The son of musician Jon Dee Graham and Austin Community College teacher Gretchen Harries, young William has made a notable impact on the local music scene in the past year, with his Proper Nang Night showcases prepping the next generation of bands and his blog in the Austin Chronicle documenting the growing “U18” (under 18) scene in Austin. As a member of melodic rock trio the Seaside Swifts, Graham saw the need for a place where teens could play their own songs, free of the “band camp” constraints.

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