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, Max Wall & 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 LATEST ALBUM, 'REVERSING SIDEWAYS IN AN UPWARD DIRECTION', NOW 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 @: WORM PERFORMANCE BAR, Hull (June)...STAXTONBURY FESTIVAL, Scarborough (July)...KARDOMAH94, Hull - IMAGINARY GARDEN (July)...FESTIVAL 8, N. Lincolnshire (July)...HUMBER ST. SESH, Hull - (August)...JOHN PEEL DAY, Cottingham (Oct.)...MUSEUM OF CLUB CULTURE, Hull (Date tbc). Please go to the 'Gigs' tab for extra info.
I appeared in an article on Hull's 'Musical Heritage'(!), including 'HUMBERSIDE'S TOP TEN' (RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE - Mar. 2017). The song in the top ten was 'Fig Roll Overkill', at number ten.
More festivals/gigs on their way. Please keep checking back, as events can come in at last minute. At present, I am busy recording 'an instrumental album with words (some of which are sung in a melodious fashion)'. The album will be entitled, 'LEISURE LAND', & due for completion end of the Summer - release date possibly October 2017. A quote from TOM ROBINSON (BBC6MUSIC) - "Graham Graham Beck...So odd, they named him twice!"
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.