Graham Graham Beck

strangeness in the ordinary

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About me...

MAN OF MANY HEADS' (as described by the great Arthur Brown - The Crazy World Of...), & 'that bloke from the telly' (...You know, the strange one that sang, ACTION MAN WITH A GIRAFFE'S HEAD, on BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT!)

My stage act blurs 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, bathroom suites & monkeys etc. Where would we be without them? No subject is too small to be BIG. I think I'll adopt that as my next catch-phrase!

The hummable/sing-a-long tunes are catchy, dancey, & range from Electr-Pop, Rock & Dance (Disco/Techno), through to Latin American & even Big Band - & all from just ONE bloke! Predictably unpredictable, family-friendly & entertaining (so I've been told). I have been described as Music Hall, Surreal, funny, different, unique, '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, Jake Thackray & Arthur Brown. I'm sure there are more...

Yes, I WAS on ITV2's BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT, two years running (2018 & 2019)! I'm not always understood, but I managed to get the audience on my side - & for this year's apperance, David Walliams & Alesha Dixon didn't buzz me off. So, that's progress! I've recently featured on TOM ROBINSON'S MIXTAPE & his show for BBC6MUSIC, with songs ACTION MAN WITH A GIRAFFE'S HEAD, HIPHOPSKIPJUMP & A QUIET EVENING IN. They're on BBC6Music & BBC Introducing playlists, along with CARDBOARD IS KING, & more recently, LOFTUS ERECTUS INTERRUPTUS. I also played a live session on Alan Raw's BBC Introducing in April (2017), & was interviewed on his show in November (2018).

The latest album, 'NO GIGS 'TIL FILEY' (Nov. 2018), IS AVAILABLE! You can buy it, & other albums, via the 'Buy' tab, or digital versions are available (at ridiculously low prices) on my Bandcamp page. The links are above. There is also an 'ambient side project' entitled, 'SOUNDS FROM THE TENFOOT' (May 2018) which can be purchased as a digital download (& even more ridiculously cheap!) from Bandcamp. There's other merchandise on the way...Ooohh, there's so many goodies!!

Gigs and events...

Gigs coming @: HESSLE FEAST, near HULL (July)...THE CULTURE TRAIN TOUR reaches DRIFFIELD - ALL SAINTS' CHURCH - (July)...THE PHOENIX ALTERNATIVE FESTIVAL, LLANFYLLIN, Mid-WALES (Aug.)...ST. JOHNS HOTEL, HULL (Oct.). Please go to the 'Gigs' tab for extra info.

QUOTES: DAVID WALLIAMS (Judge on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT) - "Even by my standards of weirdness, I found that very weird!"...DAVID WALLLIAMS (yet again) - "You could make a whole series out of this song (Action Man With A Giraffe's Head)"...TOM ROBINSON (BBC6MUSIC) - "...That was a slice of sonic insanity from Graham Graham Beck. So odd, they named him twice". STEPHEN MULHERN (Host of BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT, game show host & comedian) - "I love what you do!"...SIMON COWELL (we all know what he does) - "What was that??!"

The NEW ALBUM IS OUT! ...Yes, it's here, & it's there!! NO GIGS 'TIL FILEY is available to buy from the online store, & MP3s from my Bandcamp page. 14 tracks of wonderfulness!

PLEASE NOTE: I am my own tribute band.

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