'MAN OF MANY HEADS'...& 'that bloke from the telly' (...You know, the weird one that got buzzed-off BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT!)
...as described by the great ARTHUR BROWN (The Crazy World Of...). 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 - to name but a few. 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 Pop, Rock & Dance, through to Latin American to 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.
Yes, I WAS on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT! But, I'm not sure that the judges panel were on the same wavelength!! I've recently featured on TOM ROBINSON'S MIXTAPE & his show (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).
The latest album, 'LEISURE LAND' (Oct. 2017), IS AVAILABLE! You can buy it, & other albums, via the 'Buy' tab, or digital versions are available (at a ridiculously low price) on my Bandcamp page. The links are above. There is also a recent release, an 'ambient side project' entitled ,'SOUNDS FROM THE TENFOOT' (May 2018) which is also available as a digital download (& even more ridiculously cheap!) from Bandcamp...Ooohh, there's so many goodies!!
QUOTES: DAVID WALLIAMS (Judge on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT) - "Even by my standards of wierdness, I found that very weird!"...TOM ROBINSON (BBC6MUSIC) - "...That was a slice of sonic insanity from Graham Graham Beck. So odd, they named him twice".
Gigs coming up in 2018 @: O'RILEY'S, Hull (June)...HEDFEST, East Yorkshire (July)...FESTIVAL 8, N. Lincolnshire (July). Other festivals for 2018 are now being booked. Go to the 'Gigs' tab for extra info.
THE LATEST ALBUM! ...is available to buy - so what are you waiting for!! 'LEISURE LAND' is an instrumental album populated with words, some of which are sung in a melodious fashion. It was released 13th October 2017, & you can hear a sample track from it on the 'My World' tab.
RECORD CLOLLECTOR MAGAZINE (Mar. 2017) - I appeared in an article about Hull's 'Musical Hertitage' (& I've never seen myself as heritage material before!), which included 'HUMBERSIDE'S TOP TEN'...& at the number 10 spot was my song, 'FIG ROLL OVERKILL'!!
NEW ALBUM to be released later this year (October 2018)! Titled, 'NO GIGS 'TIL FILEY', more info will be available later, so pay attention!
PLEASE NOTE: I am my own tribute band.
Video, audio work, sound installation/soundscapes, drawing, painting...& Life Drawing sessions
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 - 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. Email: