MAN OF MANY HEADS.......
...& most of them cardboard. Yes, Cardboard Is King! My stage act tries to blur the boundaries between music & visual performance. The songs bring out the 'strangeness' in 'the ordinary'. Just one man, one voice (you'll be lucky if you get any more than that) & his home keyboard...& some (cardboard) stage props. I write BIG songs about the small, but important, things in life, such as biscuits, packaging, The Batman, Godzilla & monkeys - to name but a few. No subject is too small to be BIG. I think I'll adopt that as my next catch-phrase!
I have been described as Music Hall, Surreal, funny, different, unpredictable, 'subverting the ordinary' & 'a mature punk'. I'm probably all of those, but with a dash of Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band meets John Shuttleworth, via Dave Brubeck, Frank Sidebottom, Eno, Max Wall, Peter Gabriel & Arthur Brown.
I've recently featured on TOM ROBINSON'S MIXTAPE & his show (BBC6MUSIC), with my songs ACTION MAN WITH A GIRAFFE'S HEAD & HipHopSkipJump. They're now on BBC6Music & BBC Introducing playlists, along with CARDBOARD IS KING. I played a live session on Alan Raw's BBC Introducing in April.
The last album, 'REVERSING SIDEWAYS IN AN UPWARD DIRECTION', IS STILL AVAILABLE! You can buy it, & other past albums, via the 'Buy' tab, or MP3 versions are available (at a ridiculously low price) on my Bandcamp page. The links are above.
Gigs coming up in 2017 @: HULL TRINITY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Hull - Oscar's Bar - (Sept.)...O'REILY'S, Hull (Oct.)...VIXEN RADIO 101 fm - live session on the Fox's Den Show (Oct.)...JOHN PEEL DAY, Cottingham (Oct.)...THE JOLLY BREWER, Lincoln (Dec.)...MUSEUM OF CLUB CULTURE, Hull (Date tbc). Please go to the 'Gigs' tab for extra info.
NEW ALBUM ON IT'S WAY! Yes, at present, I'm busy putting together the artwork for 'an instrumental album with words (some of which are sung in a melodious fashion)'. The album 'LEISURE LAND', & is due to be released early October 2017. A sample track is available to have a listen on the 'My World' tab.
To promote LEISURE LAND, I hope to be playing a few 'house concerts', & all for the payment of tea & cake! I shall be advertising this local event very shortly.
Here's a quote from TOM ROBINSON (BBC6MUSIC) - "...That was a short slice of sonic insanity from Graham Graham Beck...So odd, they named him twice!"
I recently appeared in an article (in RECORD CLOLLECTOR MAGAZINE - Mar. 2017) about Hull's 'Musical Hertitage' (!), which included 'HUMBERSIDE'S TOP TEN'...& at the number 10 spot was my song, 'FIG ROLL OVERKILL'!!
Video, audio work, sound installation, drawing, painting & 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 rarely produce drawings & paintings now, but I am always producing, & exploring, particularly the 'ambient side' of my work...& when it comes to stage props & presentation, well, my imagination suddenly takes hold! For more details & artwork, click on the 'Art' & 'Images' drop-down menus.
PRIVATE LIFE DRAWING CLASSES - 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.