Graham Graham Beck

strangeness in the ordinary

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About me...

'MAN OF 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 ITV2's BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT!

"I can't believe that more people haven't played him on the radio!" - (TOM ROBINSON - Musician & BBC 6 Music presenter)

NEW ALBUM due out October 2020...Entitled, 'SWITCHED-ON BECK' (an affectionate nod to Walter/Wendy Carlos).

My stage act blurs the boundaries between music, visual performance & comedy. 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 Electro-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, Fad Gadget, 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 2019's appearance, David Walliams & Alesha Dixon didn't buzz me off. So, that's progress!

I've had various songs broadcast on TOM ROBINSON'S 'AFTER HOUR', & they've been featured on the BBC6MUSIC MIXTAPE. They're also on BBC6Music & BBC Introducing playlists

There's a (very) short documentary about me, that appeared on BBC NEWS Online (& BBC's LOOK NORTH) recently. Here's the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-humber-50323032/cardboard-box-heads-transformed-my-confidence?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR02jhpi2aCbTJAffKl16gbmXbOb4-05JR9JonQT6UHSKFDFFgE9xenbtHs I've also played a live session, & was interviewed, on Alan Raw's 'BBC Introducing' (Radio Humberside), & performed at the HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL (Nov. 2019) - which went down well, & I didn't have to change my normal set at all! What does that tell you? I believe there will be more comedy gigs coming up in future.

My last 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 available at gigs, including badges & keyrings, plus other items on their way ...Ooohh, there's so many goodies!!


Gigs and events...

Gigs coming up @:...THE RHUBARB FESTIVAL, Wakefield (Feb. 2020)...THE JOLLY BREWER, LINCOLN (March)...FILEY FOLK FESTIVAL (May)...SPRINGBOARD MUSIC FESTIVAL (May)...PHOENIX ALTERNATIVE FESTIVAL, Llanfyllin, Wales (August)...More gigs on the way, but please go to the 'Gigs' tab for extra info.

QUOTES:

- TOM ROBINSON (BBC6MUSIC) - "THE MISSING SINK, I think is a work of absolute genius!"...TOM ROBINSON (again) - "That was a slice of sonic insanity from Graham Graham Beck. So odd, they named him twice."

- 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)"

- STEPHEN MULHERN (host of BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT, game show host & comedian) - "I like this man!"

Latest album, 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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