Here Decca notaries, Russel Watson, and Rick Guard polished their pearlers, and Corner Shop tinkered with their tackle, and even Badly Drawn Boy sketched out some early stuff. Meanwhile playing gigs across the NW from the Limelight Club in Crewe to Chicago Rock Café in Lancaster, supported by appearances on Radio Merseyside, Radio Lancashire, GMR, and Bay FM, picked up some excellent reviews. Such as ‘If Bryan Ferry was a member of The Beatles, the result might sound like many of the tracks found on Live It All. Infectious pop tunes with smart lyrical phrasing - this album will be a cherished part of your collection for years to come’.
Picking up from the earlier works, GTaa, has returned with a concept album, The Time, The Place, celebrating a triumphant trip, round the landmarks in life. Football World starts the ball rolling anticipating World Cup glories in South Africa. Arthur Alone charts the legendary Britain's rise, from which, Rising Sun reaches new heights of invigoration. Drinking wets your appetite for the next round, hand pulled from kegs at Ralph Salt's. Poetic PortPatrick hastes ye back, again and again, to enjoy the charms of this melodic marvel reaching a climatic conclusion with Birthday. Some say elements of 80's British alternative rock infuse this quality collection of catchy tunes, perhaps a hint of Bowie with a cutting edge, or maybe elements of Julian Cope, it is all this and more; suffice to say its classic.
How do you describe your music to people, Graham?
The Beatles and Bowie's love child
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
At junior level with selection for district music events, through high school with various musical shows and performances, then in earnest at Uni, with everything from well received renditions of the Chief of Police in La Pericole, to cover versions of Paranoid and Battle of the Bands, with the first flowering of self penned songs.
Post uni, we'd get together as a band at the weekend and practice a few numbers, I'd hashed out, it sounded pretty good as a 3 piece, with family members stepping in for, recordings live in Colne, Sheffield, and the odd wedding performance. Further solo writing, recording at home and production in a Decca affiliates studio, performances and radio shows followed.......
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Going out with family and friends
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Squeezing it all in.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was pretty handy in most departments, so there's always been a tension between art, academic, and sporting pursuits. I fancied being a physicist, a car designer, singer, all mixed up with football for the town team
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
There's a certain comic irreverence in the Lancashire hinterland, which finds its way into many tracks, in the same fashion as the Smiths found folly in daily deeds, Ralph Salts', Drinking, and Six Twenty Nine, play with life as we know it.
What other artists out there do you love?
The Best of The Beatles, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Motown, Bowie, Julian Cope, The Human League, Queen, the classics….
What does your future hold?
Crystal balls would be fine appendages, I'll have to make do with what I have. - I'm working on some material in my Munich Hotel, under the moonlight- the next album in waiting.