MAN OF MANY HEADS.......
...& most of them cardboard. Yes, Cardboard Is King! My stage act tries to 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, indescibable & '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 @: KARDOMAH94, Hull (August)...JOHN PEEL DAY, Cottingham (Oct.)...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 mixing 'an instrumental album with words (some of which are sung in a melodious fashion)'. The album will be entitled, 'LEISURE LAND', & is due for completion at the end of the Summer - release date early October 2017. Keep tuned for more information - a sample track will be available soon, so you can have a listen.
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.