About me...

MAN OF MANY HEADS.......

Back in the mists of time, I was born in a seaside town in Norfolk, England. I passed through the school system fairly unscathed, & developed a love for Music & Art. The natural route for me was, of course, art college – specifically Gt. Yarmouth College Of Art & Design. That's when I knew I wanted to write & perform songs, & generally experiment with audio & visuals....

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Encouraged by my tutor, painter Emrys Parry, I passed from Foundation Course to a Fine Art Degree Course in Hull, which is where I met a young - we were all young then - Eric Goulden (later to become WRECKLESS ERIC). After a spell at Newcastle University, I slid back down to Earth with a BUMP!.......

Since then, I've been in & out of bands (from London, & back again to Hull), & pursued both Music (solo, collaborations, bands) & Art (from solo/group projects - installations, audio art, soundscapes, drawings & paintings - to teaching adults Life Drawing). I found it difficult to choose between the two areas. I still feel passionately about both Music & Art, & they have both come together with my more recent alter-ego/stage persona, GRAHAM GRAHAM BECK. Music is definitely at the forefront of what I'm doing, but in live performance, it combines with the visual side (of my 'art school days'), to produce a Surreal form of old style variety...meets Max Wall...meets John Shuttleworth...meets the Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band. A 3rd solo album of songs is on it's way, & I'm exploring more into/with the sounds that I use in the studio. New album title:REVERSING SIDEWAYS IN AN UPWARDS DIRECTION.  

(Above photo, Bubble Wrap Man x3, by Richard Duffy-Howard)

Gigs & things coming up....

RECENT QUOTES: 'I like Graham Graham Beck' (DJ Alan Raw - BBC Introducing, Radio Humberside); 'Mad as a box of frogs!' (DJ Bill Horncastle - The Foxes Den, Vixen Radio 101.8fm); 'Absolute (Freedom) festival highlight, the enigma that is Graham Graham Beck.' (Asa Elliot, actor & singer from TV comedy series Benidorm). '...David Byrne crossed with Morrisey, with his own special twist' (also from Asa Elliot).

Gigs coming up @ CORNUCOPIA FESTIVAL, BURTON CONSTABLE HALL (Sept. 25th)...KING BILLY, COTTINGHAM - John Peel Day (Oct. 22nd). Please go to the 'Music>Gigs' tab for extra info. You can book me for a 'small intimate do', or larger gatherings/gigs, by contacting me through the 'Contact & Blog' link, or via: grahamgrahambeck@hotmail.com

NEW ALBUM BEING RECORDED/MIXED! Release date approximately mid-Oct. 2016. A review of my last album 'LO-TECH MUSIC FOR HI-TECH PEOPLE', said: 'I can't give a reason why I enjoyed it so much. All I know is that I did.' (Nix Chidlow, BROWSE MAGAZINE.) Full reviews on the Graham Graham Beck page, & you can buy it from the 'shop', or MP3 downloads via my Bandcamp page.

 

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More festivals, & numerous other solo performances, on their way. Please keep checking back, as events can come in at last minute (stage props & keyboard always packed ready, just in case!). 

The Arty bit...

Drawing, painting, sound installation, video, audio work & private Life Drawing Classes....

This is my 'other side', & I suppose it's what I trained for all those years ago at art college. I also run private Life Drawing sessions. For more details, click on the 'Art' & 'Galleries' drop-down menus. See also below '(Read more)...'

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PRIVATE LIFE DRAWING CLASSES (available on a termly basis) - Wednesday mornings @ Cottingham Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham; Thursday mornings @ Skidby Village Hall, Skidby; Friday mornings @ St. Cuthberts Church Hall, Hull (this one is a casual 'drop-in' session). All sessions are from 10:00 am  -  midday. Please contact me for more details. Sessions are on a termly-basis of x10 weeks, that usually fit in with school dates.

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