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, Jake Thackray & 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 also played a live session on Alan Raw's BBC Introducing in April.
The new album, 'LEISURE LAND' (Oct. 2017), IS 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 @: HULL BEER FESTIVAL, Hull Minster (Nov.)...THE JOLLY BREWER, Lincoln (Dec.)...MUSEUM OF CLUB CULTURE, Hull (Date tbc). Festivals for 2018 are now being booked. Please go to the 'Gigs' tab for extra info.
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW! Yes, it's finished, packaged & available to buy - so what are you waiting for!! An 'instrumental album with words (some of which are sung in a melodious fashion). '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.
To promote LEISURE LAND, I hope to be playing a few 'house concerts' (all for the payment of tea & cake!) & other random things.
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 (RECORD CLOLLECTOR MAGAZINE - Mar. 2017) about Hull's 'Musical Hertitage' (I've never seen myself as heritage material), which included 'HUMBERSIDE'S TOP TEN'...& at the number 10 spot was my song, 'FIG ROLL OVERKILL'!!
Video, audio work, sound installation, drawing, painting & 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. Email: